The Glass Stations were founded in 1982, although our roots go much deeper. In fact, yesterday my father Anthony “Tony” Rinaldi started our operations in 1957 as Canton’s original Ace Glass & Mirror. They quickly became the premier glass shop in town.
In 1970, an offer was made he couldn’t refuse and the business was sold to a national glass chain. I became the manager for that company. I worked in that capacity for eleven years. During that time, most of my ideas and goals were lost or ignored in corporate red tape. I realized then, that if I were to live my ideas, The Glass Stations must become reality.
12-01-1982 – Today we opened The Glass Station. We opened with just two technicians and myself. At one time, to help spread the word of our independently owned Glass Station, my wife Linda was my outside sales force. Because of all the great friends and clients that we have formed over the years, the Glass Station flourished.
In 1991, we expanded. We brought in more business so we brought in more family. We purchased Viking Glass Station and hired my son-in-law Michael Zelle to help run the family business.
My son David worked summers through high school and college and joined us full time in 1992. He was hired as our third generation Glass Man. Brought in to help run the family business, as well.
My daughter Vicki formally joined our company in 1996 when a new outside sales position became available. Vicki is responsible for maintaining our relationships with our many valued friends and clients.
Vicki’s, Michael’s, and David’s children have also all helped to work in the business either through summers or through weekly maintenance positions. My grandchildren have me excited at the prospects of having potential fourth generation glass family members in the business.
From just three of us in 1982 to over 15 quality people today. We have a combined experience exceeding over 250 years. The future looks bright indeed for our Independent, Family owned and operated Glass Stations! I’m quite proud of David, Michael, and Vicki, our excellent office staff, and technicians who are second to none. We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and service possible.
In 2006, with the guidance of David and Michael, the support of Vicki, our fourth generation, and our Great Crew, I decided to retire. I sold the business to David, Michael, and Vicki and their more than capable hands. I could not be more proud of All of them.
Your total glass shop thanks all our many friends and clients for their business and support. We look forward to continue servicing our community and clients into the fourth generation and beyond!
Thank You So Much,
Toby Rinaldi – Founder
David Rinaldi – President
Michael Zelle – Vice-President