Advanced Performance Glass - Teaming Up For Success

Mar 06, 2019 | by Evan McMunn
  • Business Spotlight

For over thirty years Advanced Performance Glass has been the go-to manufacturer and installer of custom commercial glass in New England. A family-owned business, the company is committed to high-quality products and world-class customer service.

Pictured: The Sikorsky Helicopter Support, Inc. building, a completed APG project.

Growing, growing, growing

Two years ago, Savings Institute helped Advanced Performance Glass (APG) purchase a state of the art saw that would help add efficiencies to the business. The new machinery allowed the company to reduce fabrication times, and in turn, allowed for taking on additional business.

“We work with a handful of contractors and in public work when the opportunity is right,” Gary Rooke, owner of APG, says when asked from where the boost in business came. “We can create anything the contractors are looking for, and we go above and beyond in every way we can. Customer service is our number one priority.”

Keeping up with technology

APG’s excellent customer service and quality products are in such high demand that the team quickly learned their 15,000 square foot headquarters in South Windsor were no longer big enough to meet the needs of their customers. The need for new equipment and more space prompted their recent purchase of a new 40,000 square foot facility in East Hartford.

“We haven’t been this busy in quite a few years, and we needed more space for another CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.” Gary Rooke goes on to explain, “The new machinery allowed us to move into the computer era while expediting the fabrication process.”

This Industrial CNC Router is used to cut large panes of glass to spec.
The Industrial CNC Router is used to cut large panes of glass to spec.

The machine allows APG to do everything from custom design to fabrication in-house. Once the CAD drawings are complete, computers facilitate communication with the machinery to bring the design to life. Not only does the process cut the time involved in half, but it also increased accuracy.

It takes a team

With business flowing in, APG couldn’t shut down operations to make the much-needed move to their new facilities.

“It was a huge team effort,” says Elaine Rooke, CFO of APG. “Our employees were amazing. They kept open communications even while our teams were split between the old facility and the new location and put in extra time to make sure deadlines for customers and the move were met.”

Gary goes on to explain that once they found the location, they looked to Savings Institute’s Bill Anderson to help with the funding. “Having worked with Bill in the past, we knew he’d work with us to make our goal of purchasing a new location and getting the additional CNC machine happen.”

Savings Institute Bank & Trust is proud to have helped Advanced Performance Glass continue to provide inspiring commercial glass designs throughout New England. To learn more about how we can help your business grow, please give us a call, or visit one of our conveniently located branches.

Bill Anderson, Savings Institute Commercial Lender with Elaine Rooke, APG CFO and Gary Rooke, APG President.
Bill Anderson, Savings Institute Bank & Trust Commercial Lender with Elaine Rooke, APG CFO and Gary Rooke, APG Owner. The three are standing in front of an aerial photograph of the Southern Connecticut State University Academic Laboratory Building, a completed APG project.

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