North Alabama Glass
Company Inc. of Decatur, AL
is your premier glass company. We are a
true full service glass
provider that has been in business since
1946. We offer same day service at no premium cost and emergency
hours are available for after hours and weekends. We service most of
north Alabama and have installed a large variety of glass products.
North Alabama Glass Co.,
Inc. has been in continuous operation as a business in Decatur,
Alabama since 1946. Our founders were a trio of union glaziers
(glass installers), Sam Allen, Robert Stewart and Sherman Harris, who
had been working for the large union firm of Pittsburgh Plate Glass
out of the Birmingham, Alabama office after World War II.
Sam Allen founded the
Decatur office on Bank Street in 1946. In 1947 Sherman Harris joined
Mr. Allen as a partner. Soon after, the partners opened a branch
office in Huntsville and then another one in Sheffield, Alabama.
Robert Stewart, Sherman's brother-in-law, joined the firm and
operated the branch serving the tri-cities of Sheffield, Florence and
Tuscumbia (later including Muscle Shoals). Sam Allen managed the
Huntsville office of North Alabama Glass and Sherman was in charge of
the Decatur branch.
In 1958 the three
entrepreneurs split the company into three parts with each taking
sole ownership of the branch they ran - while still using the name
North Alabama Glass Company.
In late 1970 Sherman
Harris was in poor health due to a case of glass falling on his leg.
He offered to give Bruce fifty percent of the Decatur business if he
would move to Decatur and take over the day-to-day operations.
Decatur was four times larger in size than Scottsboro and represented
a chance for quicker financial success. Bruce sold his interest in
Scottsboro Glass to Bob Stewart's son, Sherman Dick Stewart (an
aerospace engineer), and moved to Decatur.
In 1973 urban renewal
claimed North Alabama Glass' building and Bruce and Sherman moved the
business to the opposite end of Second Avenue to the location at the
corner of Second Avenue and Prospect Drive where it is housed today.
The old building was demolished and became a large parking lot for
the courthouse employees and customers.
The new building was
originally built as a large cleaners in the 1920s. Over the years it
served a number of purposes including hosting wrestling matches and a
skating rink in the lot to the north of the building that we now
refer to as the "contract yard". In the 1940s the building
served as a canteen factory during World War II. It had been used a
number of years as the Thompson Tractor "CAT" dealership
before North Alabama Glass bought the building.
In the mid-1980s after the
death of founder, Sam Allen, the office in Huntsville was closed by
Sam's son - John Allen, who chose to get out of the glass business.
Around the same time in the Sheffield office, Robert Stewart retired
and turned over the day-to-day operations to his youngest son, Cliff
Stewart. And in Decatur, Ken Gamble had recently graduated from the
University of Alabama with his MBA and was making plans to work on
his doctorate at the University of North Carolina when Sherman passed
away. Ken bought Sherman’s stock and took over 51% ownership of
the Decatur office to work with his father, Bruce. By the early
1990s Bruce had retired and his youngest son, Brian Gamble, became
North Alabama Glass of
Decatur opened a Huntsville office in the early 1990s on Jordan Lane.
In the late 1990s Ken & Brian took ownership of Huntsville Glass
Company on Holmes Avenue; purchasing the business from Stan Wells,
who remained as manager, and the building from Mr. Turner, who had
originally founded Huntsville Glass in 1941 mainly to serve Redstone
Arsenal's need for laminated safety glass.
The addition of our new 35,000 sq. ft. facility in Madison, Alabama in 2018 will allow us to service the Huntsville-Madison-Athens area better than ever.
After a combined 135 years
in business, North Alabama Glass (1946) and sister company Huntsville
Glass (est. 1941) remain as two of the oldest, most reputable and
financially sound glass companies in the Southeastern United States.
North Alabama Glass excels
in installation of storefront and curtainwall systems in new
construction with well over $100 million dollars in billings for
glass, storefront and curtainwall construction. But North Alabama
Glass remains true to its historic roots as a full service glass
company performing residential window replacement, shower
installations, mirrors and auto glass.