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Glastender
Glastender History
 
Glastender Timeline

1961 - Jon Hall joins his father, William, in the company business Equipment Distributing Company, a dealer focusing on distributing and leasing Kold-Draft® ice machines.

Jon attends his first National Restaurant Association Show.

1961

Kold-Draft logo
Jon Hall
 

1976 - Moved from original leased factory in downtown Saginaw to our current location in Kochville Township by purchasing a 12,400 square foot facility on Agricola Drive.

1976

Agricola Drive

1979 - Jay H. Kegerreis joined Glastender, Inc. as a corporate investor and Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. He provided the company with much needed expertise in business, sales, and finance.

Jay Kegerreis

1979

 

1985 - Purchased the assets of Cooler Corporation of America, a Florida manufacturing company specializing in keg coolers, which marks our entry into the bar refrigeration category.

1985

1995 - Third expansion, adding 60,000 square feet for a total of 101,000. Also purchased our first Salvagnini flexible manufacturing system.

Started providing remote draft beer systems by purchasing the remote beverage equipment line from Habco, Inc. of Toronto, Canada.

1995

Glastender 3rd expansion Draft Beer Systems

2001 - Sillem automatic welding and sanding machines were added to production to automatically weld sink bowls into work surfaces.

Fourth expansion, adding 24,000 square foot two-story office building, for a total of 125,000 square feet. Now occupy the corner of Michigan Road and Agricola Drive, changing our address to 5400 North Michigan Road.

2001

Sillem Glastender Expansion 4

2005 - Released our completely redesigned underbar line with one-piece seamless tops and camlocks to join adjacent backsplashes, among other exclusive features.

Purchased a robotic welder and released our 16 gauge stainless steel fabricated three and four compartment sink bowls that are 2.9 times as thick as our competitors 20 gauge drawn bowls.

2005

Underbar line up and 3 compartment sink

2009 - Began complete open book management operating style.

2009

 

2010 - Jon attends his 50th consecutive National Restaurant Association show in a row.

Introduced our Glastender Home line of cocktail stations for the home.

Jon Hall

2010

Glastender Home
Bottle Disintegration System

2012 - Introduced our Bottle Disintegration System which lowers disposal fees by reducing the volume of glass bottles by as much as 85%.

2012

1964 - Jon invents the world's first ice dispenser.

1964

1969 - Jon invents the world's first automatic rotary glasswasher which is called a "Glastender." The name Glastender becomes a new business venture.

1969

Early Glasswasher
Ice Machine
 

1978 - Started offering stainless steel underbar.

1978

1978 Stainless Steel Underbar Unit
 

1984 - First expansion, adding 4,600 sqaure feet for a total of 17,000. Also purchased our first Strippit rotary turret punch machine.

1984

Strippit

1990 - Sold our first modular bar die job.

Started selling the GT-18 glasswasher, an 18" wide door-type rotary.

Second expansion, consisting of 24,000 feet for a total of 41,000. Also purchased our second Strippit rotary turret punch machine.

Our first mobile design center begins touring the country.

Modular Bar Die

1990

GT-18 Glasswasher
1990 Building Expansion Glastender Mobile Unit

1998 - Jay Kegerreis passed away prematurely in January.

1998

1999 - Purchased Salvagnini robotic panel bender and a second flexible manufacturing system.

Sold our first bar package in India to the Imperial Hotel in Dehli.

1999

Salvagnini Robotic Panel Bender Imperial Hotel

2003 - Added a Mazak Laser and Haas milling machine.

2003

Mazak

2004 - Released our end-wall refrigerated back bar coolers that move the evaporator out of the main cabinet, increasing storage capacity by up to 48 more bottles.

2004

End-Wall Refrigerated Back Bar Cooler

2008 - Todd Hall named President in August.

Fifth expansion begins, adding 64,000 square feet for a total of 189,000. Also purchased our Salvagnini MV sheet metal storage and retrival system, Salvagnini L2 laser, and SteelMaster deburring system.

2008

Todd Hall
Glastender fifth expansion MV System

2011 - Redefined the rotary glasswasher market by releasing our all new GW24 glasswasher, which used up to 59% less water and 87% less energy than common industry rotary glasswashers.

2011

GW24

2015 - introduced the new Choice by Glastender underbar line.

Mazak

2015

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