Tri City Glass & Door is a locally owned, family operated business founded in 1960 by Richard and Shirley Bender. For 16 years, the business was operated out of their home and a 2,000-square-foot warehouse providing the first complete mobile auto glass service in the Fox River Valley. In September 1976, the business was moved to its present location at 100 W. Northland Avenue in Appleton, WI. This expansion gave us the ability to provide residential windows, glass, mirrors and acrylics as well as furnishing glass and glazing products to business and commercial customers. Rapid expansion of the business required additions in 1978 and 1984 to accommodate the continued growth of the company.
In 1986, a second location was opened at 318 N. Military Avenue in Green Bay. This branch store provides products and services to our customers in the northeast areas of Wisconsin and Door County. We opened Valley Door Sales in Appleton in October 1991 to handle developing business in furnishing glass and glazing products and construction and builders hardware. In December 1996, Valley Door Sales expanded to a new, larger building at the corner of Northland Avenue and Roemer Road, at the entrance to Appleton premier industrial park.
In 1992, ownership of Tri City Glass & Door was transferred to four of Richard and Shirley's children: Charles Bender, President; Larry Bender, Vice-President; Donna Dorn, Vice-President & Secretary; and JoAnn Bender, Vice-President & Treasurer. In October 1995, Northland Glass was opened at 88 S. Main Street in Clintonville to accommodate our growing customer base to the north, including Portage and Waushara Counties. After careful analysis, a decision was made to cease operations from this location in October of 2005. It was determined that we could continue to serve this area more economically from our Appleton and Green Bay locations.
In 2004, we changed our name to Tri City Glass & Door at all locations to build on our previous successes, yet clearly communicate the range of services we provide: residential and automotive installation and service, and commercial projects. And although the name was changed, Tri City Glass & Door remains committed to purchasing only top quality products from our suppliers, and our team continues to provide the same expertise and product knowledge that customers have trusted since 1960.
On December 28, 2009, Tri City purchased the assets and location of Old Castle Glass of Green Bay. With this acquisition, we acquired 22 new employees, 11 vehicles and 500+ new customers making us one of the most diverse glass companies in the State of Wisconsin. This acquisition also added a whole new dimension to our customer base - wholesale customers. We now provide products and services to other glass companies as well as manufactures that incorporate our products into the products they sell to others. We now provide retail, wholesale, construction and manufacturing. With two locations now duplicating many of the same products and services to the same market area, the very difficult decision of closing our location on Military Avenue after 25 years was made. It was a much smaller store with fewer employees and resources. We now proudly serve all of the customers from our new, larger and remodeled location at 1811 E Mason St., Green Bay, WI.
On September 10, 2011, Charles R. Bender, after working here for 37 years, retired as President. Ownership and Executive Management duties remain in the family with Larry Bender taking over as President, Donna Dorn as Vice-President & Secretary and JoAnn Bender as Vice-President & Treasurer.
The next time you have a need for high-quality automotive glass products, brand-name residential and commercial windows, doors, mirrors and hardware, we would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business as a satisfied lifetime customer. We have the facilities and quality personnel necessary to give our customers The Right Product. The Right Way.
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