What was once a small business in Los Angeles servicing and repairing windows has grown into a large architectural glass and glazing group working on a number of projects across the country. And that company just celebrated its 75th anniversary and released a new book called “A History Of Excellence” which is available on their website.
Giroux Glass, founded in 1946 by Louis Giroux, held its anniversary celebration at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, where it carried out the glazing work it completed in 2020.
The “team installed the glazing in a number of locations throughout the 70,000-seat stadium, including concession stands, corridors, private suites, ticket areas and more,” according to a press release.
During its 75th anniversary, Giroux Glass has faced damage challenges from protests and outrage that followed the 1992 Rodney King case and the January 1994 Northridge earthquake that damaged buildings across Los Angeles.
“Our team worked tirelessly all along Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to Santa Monica,” the company said. “Among the companies we leaned on were the LA Times building and the famous Bullocks Wilshire department store, which suffered some of the most extreme damage of the event,” referring to the 1992 riots.
Shortly after the projects and repairs were completed, the west coast suffered from the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
“We went to work installing curtain walls for a number of damaged buildings, including a four-story office building in the San Fernando Valley, the American Jewish University on Mulholland Drive (then known as the Brandeis-Bardin Institute), and the California Institute of the Arts in Ventura County. “
Other challenges in the form of COVID-19 have plagued the company as well.
“While the initial adjustment phase was rocky and many projects were paused, canceled or postponed, business is gradually returning to where it was before the pandemic. Despite the many setbacks of the year, our teams were able to secure a constant number of important contracts, hire new team members and achieve our financial targets for the 2020 financial year, ”the book says.
At the most recent anniversary event, President and CEO Nataline Lomedico and Chair Emeritus Anne-Merelie Murrell spoke and expressed their optimism about the future of the company.
“Our 75 years of success is primarily due to the constant adjustments we have made along the way,” said Lomedico. “Every strategy, initiative, plan, process, protocol, accounting report, new software, tool, innovation plan, customer / supplier relationship and hiring process has the potential to fuel Giroux’s success and our sustainability to support our growth as a company. We must continue to find new ways to keep our pulse on our business. We need to look beyond what we see in industry outlooks and economic reports to find out what is left to see. At Giroux, our goal is to provide solutions to problems that have not yet been identified as problems. We will continue to pool our company-wide resources to establish ourselves as the strongest force in the glazing industry. “
Lomedico was instrumental in Giroux’s survival and recovery from the recession, according to the company’s recently published book.
Over the years Giroux Glass has won several awards including places in UltrasonicLet ‘s “Industry’s Top 50 Glaziers” and realized major projects such as the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, the College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the exciting ride inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” in Universal Studios Hollywood. “