By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
American Glass Inc. last week celebrated a groundbreaking for their new 106,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility in Midwest City.
The new building is being constructed at 7450 NE 23rd St., in the Soldier Creek Industrial Park. It is expected to open in summer 2024 and employ more than 100 people.
Several local and state leaders attended the groundbreaking event.
Mayor Matt Dukes thanked American Glass for bringing their business to the community.
“This is a big deal for our city and our community as a whole,” he said. “The jobs and the financial issues that it will bring to our community is phenomenal.”
Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell attended the event and said Midwest City is “on the rise” and a key part of the thriving metro. He commended city leaders for investing in their city and partnering with the state.
“Cities that invest in themselves, particularly industrial sites, are going to grow,” Pinnell said. “This was done because you hustled for many years. It took time to find the right partners.”
American Glass specializes in high-end, custom glass and windows for commercial projects. Some of their notable work includes the Devon and BancFirst towers in Oklahoma City and BOK Center in Tulsa.
Existing American Glass facilities in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, along with approximately 70 employees, will be consolidated to a new building in Midwest City. The facility will have access to rail service, which will make it more economical to ship products nationwide and internationally.
Sam Godair, president of American Glass, said the company has benefited from making difficult decisions over the years.
“Combining Tulsa and OKC and move here to Midwest City was a difficult decision but I know when we look back, it’s going to be the best decision that we could have made for American Glass,” he said.
He said they are looking forward to development of the new building, greater capabilities, growth, and job creation. The company already has plans for phase two of the project.
Midwest City is providing assistance to American Glass through a tax incremental financing district. The city is contributing $450,000 in development financing assistance and $2 million to build a railroad spur to serve the facility.
Crews started working on the site earlier this summer. Construction on the building is expected to begin next month and open in summer 2024.
The company has developed a glass curtain wall system that is proprietary technology.
“This will allow us to do more of our unitized curtain wall and gives us the option to look at projects elsewhere and even sell our system to other glazing subcontractors that are looking for a unitized curtain wall,” said Godair.
The glass curtain wall system has been developed to withstand the most extreme conditions.
“The testing that was done to the most stringent standards,” he said. “We did it to seismic and to hurricane standards,” he said. “We tested it to Miami – Dade specs which is the most stringent specifications that you’re going to find in the world, so there is not any place where we would not be able to have our unitized curtain wall installed or at least a hybrid of that system.”