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Fannin Auto Glass Celebrates 50 Years with Upcoming Open House

Today is a special day for Fannin Auto Glass. The company celebrates its 50th year in business since it was founded by Jack Fannin on April 8, 1958. The Springfield, Mo.-based auto glass wholesaler will celebrate this momentous occasion on April 19 with an open house.

"We are holding an open house/customer appreciation day on Saturday, April 19, , from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.," says Travis Fannin, who is the third generation of the Fannin family to join the business. "We will be doing drawings to give away many items related to the glass industry, and some not related, such as some Bass Pro Gift cards, Best Buy Gift cards , and even a 50-inch plasma!"

In addition, he says various glass manufacturers and industry suppliers also will be on-hand, including Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, Pilkington North America of Toledo, Ohio, Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., Precision Replacement Parts of Monroe, Wash., and Dow Automotive of Dayton, Ohio.

"We plan on having several vendors on site to answer questions people might have," he adds. "There will also be a Dow Certification class being held from noon to 1 p.m."

While the shop originally began as a retail shop installing all types of glass, in June 1980, Jack Fannin and his son, Eric, who owned his own auto glass shop in Springfield, decided to merge. Just four years after their decision to merge businesses, the two decided a move into the wholesale arena was best, and in June 1984 the company took this leap.

Jack Fannin passed away in the 1990s, leaving his son, Eric in charge. Today, Eric serves as president and his son, Travis, serves as vice president. Travis handles most of the day-to-day operations these days, since his father has begun to ease into retirement the last several years.

Today, the company distributes glass to Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

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