Glass company gives options to construction project managers
Western Slope construction project managers have long built into their schedules the idiosyncrasies of hauling building materials over the Continental Divide from Denver.
With Alpine Glass’s acquisition of a distributorship for Steelcraft, the Grand Junction company hopes to take at least one material, hollow metal for frames and doors, off the hard-to-get checklist.
The idea of obtaining the Steelcraft distributorship arose when Alpine was working on the construction of Victory Life Church, 2066 U.S. Highway 6&50.
“They had to buy their hollow metal from Denver and have it shipped from Denver,” Alpine Glass Vice President and General Manager Jeremiah Windscheffel said. “Everyone in the construction industry knows what this is about.”
After about a four-month process, Alpine Glass, 573 W. Crete Circle, obtained the approved distributorship, Windscheffel said.
Alpine’s distributorship of Steelcraft becomes fully operational this week. Steelcraft is a division of Ingersoll Rand Co.
“We’re just launching this thing, and we’ve just started bidding projects,” Windscheffel said.
Alpine has a maintenance contract with School District 51, and the district is excited about the Steelcraft distributorship, he said.
Along with bidding on large buildings, smaller storefronts are Alpine’s bread and butter, and it hopes to enhance that with the Steelcraft distributorship.
“Our niche is really going to be these strip malls,” Windscheffel said.
Having the distributorship in Grand Junction “makes it a lot easier for little guys for customer service and getting parts in a timely manner,” Windscheffel said.
Recent Alpine Glass projects include the Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria, 124 N. Mulberry St. in Fruita, and the Liberty Center, 114 N. Spruce St.
Alpine also has contracts for the Fruita Recreation Center and the new Grand Valley Power building, though they don’t involve the Steelcraft distributorship.
The job of distributing Steelcraft should be made easier by the diminished presence of competition from other hollow-metal distributorships, Windscheffel said.
Alpine has plenty of room at its location on Crete Circle and has 10 full-time employees. One part-timer recently was brought back after a layoff. The company has had as many as 23 employees, Windscheffel said.