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HISTORY OF INTERGLASS
15 Years ago, Interglass Corp. was founded with the purpose of distributing hand carved decorative table tops fabricated in Colombia to medium and large retail furniture stores in South Florida. Interglass was established in a 2,000 SqFt space at 8050 NW 66th St in Miami, FL. It all started with just six employees from which four were members of the Juliao family.
The increase of Chinese imports within the furniture industry and the minimalistic furniture trend, reduced the possibility for Interglass to sale its high end table tops. Therefore, in 2005 Interglass owners travelled to China seeking the opportunity of importing less expensive glass for the Florida market. Interglass started importing picture framed glass and started building a market. Eventually growth allowed expansion in warehouse space, employees and acquiring its first delivery van.
In 2008, the economic recession ruined the picture frame industry, but Interglass changed strategy completely to avoid a downturn. That year Interglass imported from China the first containers of glass and mirror for raw material distribution, purchased its first knuckle Boom Truck, and hired its first CDL truck driver. With the competitive advantage of low-priced glass and prompt service, Interglass started to consistently grow faster than other glass distributors that previously existed in the market. Interglass also started offering shower door hardware and sold them directly to shower door installers.
After a few years in the market distributing cases of glass and mirrors for glass shops in South Florida, Interglass became one of the primary glass & mirror distributors and decided to expand by opening a second location in Tampa, FL to cover the west coast area.
This location was shut down a couple of years after its opening when Interglass decided to consolidate all of its operation in Miami and service all Florida customers from a single location. Interglass also ventured into tempering service to offer the same local customers that purchased the cases of glass with a scheduled daily route of picking up annealed glass to be tempered in 24hrs.
By 2015, Interglass was the dominant glass distributor in Florida, and decided to purchase the assets of another glass distributor called Vetro USA which was in the market for over 15 years. Such acquisition elevated Interglass’ market share and allowed entering into the impact glass market, by offering annealed impact glass as a new product to a completely new line of customers who were the window manufacturers.
In 2017, Interglass purchased its first tractor-trailer (semi-truck) to offer full truckloads to large glass fabricators to increase its market share in a market ruled by domestic glass manufacturers and also build strong relationships with overseas glass manufactures for specific glass types to secure an excellent portfolio of glass & mirror variety with the best prices and of great quality. This has made Interglass into a record breaking and highly respected Glass Distributor throughout Florida and the Caribbean.
To continue the growth, Interglass is seeking for new markets out of state to continue its glass distribution business to glass shops and glass fabricators in different states and countries.