Auto Glass Celebrates 50 Years with Upcoming Open House
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
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