Ottawa’s oldest glass company has its best year yet.

Centennial Glass Featured in Glass Canada Magazine. Article by Treena Hein

feature-glass-mag As 2017 approaches, the name of Ottawa’s oldest, largest and most diversified glass company is taking on new meaning. Centennial Glass is about to enter the second half of its first century – it’s 50th anniversary – and it’s thriving under careful management that welcomes new efficiencies while maintaining quality workmanship and excellence in customer service.

A great majority – almost 90 per cent – of Centennial’s work is custom. Residential fabrication and installation services range from shower enclosures to mirrors. Commercial and industrial contracts include everything from custom storefronts to curtain walls.

Centennial Glass began in 1967 and changed hands in 1986. The commercial division was expanded starting in 1998 with the addition of small commercial framing and entrance fabrication. In early 2000, Centennial introduced glass shower enclosures to the residential market, growing the business from dozens to thousands of custom installations each year in every style and configuration imaginable. The replacement window glass business also expanded and transitioned to include sales and installation of prefabricated brand name Canadian windows (now a dedicated division). The company also created one of the largest showrooms in the Ottawa area, updated in 2009, along with a full-service retail counter complete with “while-you-wait” repairs.

In May 2010, Kerri McArthur and (Wes) Donald Rafuse purchased the firm. Previously, the couple had lived in B.C., with Rafuse serving on many boards in Squamish and developing business opportunities in the sea-to-sky corridor. McArthur worked various sales and operations positions in the hotel and property management sector in the Whistler area, directed a software sales force in North Vancouver and managed a Tim Horton’s for over a decade in Squamish.

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