Case Studies

Cabarrus Glass Company Inc.

Providing a single-source solution to commercial, industrial and institutional clients for more than 30 years

For more than 33 years, Cabarrus Glass Company Inc. has been a specialty contractor providing single-source contracting services for the architectural building envelope and beyond. Located in Concord, North Carolina, Cabarrus offers a wide range of architectural systems, products and services, including aluminum entrances and storefronts, aluminum windows, glazed aluminum curtain walls, sun control panels and interior solutions.

Founded in 1982 by Jim Wyatt, Cabarrus’ mission is to research, develop and provide architectural façade products that meet or exceed industry standards. By offering a single-source solution for design, engineering, manufacturing and installation, Cabarrus is able to deliver to each client the most comprehensive solution, while maintaining price competitiveness and quality. “We fabricate nearly all of the products we install,” says Wyatt. “Fabricated glass is purchased from trusted vendor partners.”

Building strong relationships

The fact that Cabarrus performs most of its work in-house is an aspect that helps the company to stand out from the competition. Working in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors, Wyatt prefers to have control over the entire process of each job. “We’re different from ‘broker type’ competitors because we take on the majority of the project in-house,” he explains. “Our quality control benefits from not relying solely on outside vendors.” Cabarrus Glass Company Inc.

When field work begins, the company typically outsources work involving insulation, waterproofing and fireproofing. In these instances, Cabarrus is able to turn to its solid network of strategic partners with which the company has established strong relationships over the years. “We have partners that we trust will meet our quality standards with their finished work,” says Wyatt. “We usually work with the same core group of partners.”

These strong relationships, along with Cabarrus’ excellent reputation, proved to be crucial through the economic downturn. With the construction industry taking a major hit, many companies were forced to be creative and diversify their products and services — or shut down completely. “Years 2010 through 2012 were some of the toughest years we’ve experienced,” recalls Wyatt. “Being as efficient as possible, we were able to cut costs and rely on our reputation for providing quality at the right price.”

Providing a quality product and service is what gives Wyatt the biggest sense of pride about Cabarrus. This was Wyatt’s vision when he decided to start the company after working for another glass contractor. “It’s also about the people we have working here,” he elaborates. “I really enjoy seeing our employees take the opportunity to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.”

Applying the technology

Cabarrus provides a design-assist program in which the company works with the owner, architect and general contractor through early design phases to assist in the design of building façade systems. “Our design-assist program allows for final construction documents to contain constructible and budget-minded systems, while keeping aesthetics and performance in mind,” says Wyatt. “Once the final construction drawings are completed, we provide fully detailed shop drawings and structural calculations for all façade and fenestration solutions to ensure maximum performance and longevity.”

With such a strong reputation of completing office building projects, Cabarrus was recently awarded the installation work for the new corporate headquarters of LPL Financial, which is seeking to continue its growth in the Carolinas. The financial company’s new campus will sit on 28 acres and contain two buildings at a combined 450,000 square feet. The project is in Fort Hill, South Carolina, and will be completed in fall 2016.

Cabarrus is also in the process of completing a similar job at Ballantyne Corporate Business Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We’re working on the Brigham building project, which will be 10 stories, and 287,500 square feet,” says Wyatt. “It’s a class-A office building that should be completed in fall 2016.” In the higher-learning sector, Cabarrus also completed two projects on the campus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

With cautious optimism for the future of the U.S. economy, Wyatt foresees more of the same for Cabarrus. With the company doing as well as it ever has since the recession, Wyatt plans to maintain steady growth. The results that Cabarrus Glass Company Inc. has generated speak magnitudes about the company’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction and will propel the company into the future as a leading specialty contractor in the Southeast.

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