DUNCAN – Central Glass is a clear leader in the Vancouver Island construction industry.

For the last 40 years, the company has been manufacturing, selling, and installing customizable windows, doors, skylights, sunrooms and more for clients all over the Island.

The Duncan manufacturing plant opened in 1976, and has been in its present location on  2856 Roberts Road since the mid-1990s.

“We’ve built a strong reputation over the years, offering high quality products and services that keep clients coming back,” says operations manager Travis Whitaker.

“We are the only Island company that actually manufactures and installs its own double-pane thermoglass. We also have our own proprietary sunroom system, which means that we can easily customize this product to fit our customers’ needs. It was developed by our previous owner, Gordon Scott.”

The company recently underwent an ownership change, so Whitaker is now handling the day-to-day operations of the company, working with new owner Lily Xu.

Whitaker has been working with the company since 1997, and has watched the business grow over the past two decades. Today, Central Glass offers a wide range of products and services, allowing the team to stay busy all-year-round, through each change in the region’s economic climate.

“Commercial jobs make up the most substantial part of our work,” says Whitaker. “We also have our proprietary sunroom, skylight, and canopy system. We work with showers, mirrors, glass railings, window replacements, and we do a lot of service and repair work related to doors and windows.”

According to Whitaker, Central Glass is the Island’s only full-service glass shop, doing manufacturing, installation, and service work for large and small jobs alike.

As building codes continue to change, Central Glass adjusts its product lines to meet the new standards. Currently, the company, uses low-E glass as a new code requirement, which helps keep heat in during winter months and keep heat out during the summer months. All of their products are manufactured by a competent team that includes several Red Seal and life-long glazers.

Currently, the team at Central Glass is keeping busy, working on a variety of projects. Recently, they manufactured and installed glazing for the Harbourview Volkswagen dealership in Nanaimo, the Vancouver Island University Trades Building in Nanaimo, and are currently working on five new buildings for the new Belmont development Langford.

“More recently, we’ve been working on a few high-end houses, using commercial systems for these large custom projects,” says Whitaker. “Most houses have typical vinyl windows, but because some of these homes have very large openings, they require a curtain wall system for a whole wall of glass. We’ve had a chance to work on a few enormous windows, as well as other custom windows, doors, and skylights for some of these houses. We’re starting to see more demand for it, and it really fits with our product lines.”