“We’re doing high-quality, customized work on some of the oldest and historic parts of the city like Over-the-Rhine. It’s great to be a part of the revitalization efforts and to be a glazier at a company that stands out from the others.” – Rob Perrine, Allied Glass & Mirror glazier
Glaziers are the backbone of Allied Glass & Mirror, responsible for installing, cutting, assembling and repairing custom glass and mirrors for every Allied client – from the homeowner in need of customized glass for an antique, one-of-a-kind window to the restaurant owner ready to install tailor-made mirrors.
A glazier’s typical day is as diverse as the job itself. “Every day is different, and that’s what makes it inspiring,” said Allied Glass president Marty Mandel, whose uncle, Norm Horwitz, opened Allied in 1947. “Each day brings a new set of challenges and a new opportunity to master a new skill. I’ve been here for 35 years and have yet to have a boring day.”
While many glaziers get their start as apprentices as members of a union, Allied Glass & Mirror glaziers are non-union, meaning that after a shorter apprenticeship, they can make a higher salary than that of a union glazier earlier in their career.
Allied doesn’t just stop at a higher salary – it’s important to Marty that everyone on the Allied team be offered full benefits so that they can support themselves and their families. In addition to paying 80% of health insurance costs, Allied offers a retirement fund, a monthly company lunch, and paid vacation after a year. Profit sharing is automatic.
“This is a family business,” said Marty, “and it is evident in the way we treat our employees.”
Allied is certainly a family-business to lead glazier Jimmy Farmer, who has worked at the glass company for 25 years. Today, his son Tyler works alongside him as an apprentice. “The best part of the job is getting to work on customized orders for residential and businesses,” said Jimmy as he, his son, and glazier Rob Perrine fit an antique mirror in a door for an historical home in Clifton’s gaslight neighborhood.
“We fill a niche in our city and take pride in our craft,” said Rob. “We’re doing high-quality, customized work on some of the oldest and historic parts of the city like Over-the-Rhine. It’s great to be a part of the revitalization efforts and to be a glazier at a company that stands out from the others.”
Interested in becoming a glazier? “You’ve got to have a Mr. Fix-It mentality,” said Marty. Glaziers tend to be analytical and mechanically inclined with excellent math skills.
A career as a glazier can be extremely personally fulfilling, the ability to see the completion of a job and the results of hard work can provide a high degree of satisfaction. If you’re ready for a career as a glazier with a company that likes to have fun and treats every employee like they’re a part of the family, contact Allied Glass & Mirror.