In 1977, Gary Polzin bought “The Glass Van”. The Glass Van’s only service was mobile auto glass, serving the Northfield & Faribault area. At that time the business consisted only of a van, a few auto glass tools and two weeks of training.
In 1979, Gary started expanding his services. Customers were so impressed by the quality, care and attention to detail he gave his auto glass work, that they requested other glass services. Gary responded by turning his garage into a shop. Then, to reflect the expansion, he changed the business name to Polzin Glass. The business grew and by 1986 Gary knew he needed more space. So he bought a building at 1001 S. Hwy 3 in Northfield. Since that time the inside has been completely remodeled and a 30 foot addition was added in 1990. (See photos below) This location is now being leased. In Feb. 2004 we moved a half mile south, now on the west side of Hwy 3 and tripled our space. The new location address is 1325 Bollenbacher Drive. Read on for the history of our Faribault location.
In 1997 came the addition of the Faribault store. Gary rented space in a building across from City Hall. For 2 years there were 1 to 2 employees running that store. There was only enough space to stock auto glass and auto glass supplies, so for those first two years the Faribault store did mainly auto glass work. In less than two years, the quality, care and attention to detail was becoming evident to customers in Faribault. So in 1998, Gary went looking for property to build a building that could stock and service both auto glass and flat glass. In September of 1999 the store moved to the new location at 1001 W. Division St. (Next to the railroad tracks)
Since moving to the new location in September of 1999, the Faribault store has begun to grow much like the Northfield store. The Faribault store now has 3 full-time employees and 2 part-time.
The latest addition to the long list of services provided by Polzin Glass is this Web Site. We have always kept up with the latest technology in the glass industry, so when it comes to customer service we also like to be offering the latest technology. Take a good look around the site. You will see that we have different forms to fill out for flat glass or auto glass. We know your busy during the day, so don’t worry about calling us. Just come to this site and fill out a request form. You can even just e-mail us a general question or concern. Tell everyone you think would benefit from the convienence of contacting us on the site.
Thank you from all of us at Polzin Glass.