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Julie Dandrow-Reidy (right), owner of Adams Glass in the Town of Plattsburgh, stands in the business's new 10,000-square-foot showroom with Sue LeBlanc, (left to right) Valerie Stanley and Niki Dutton. (P-R Photo/Rachel Moore)

Adams Glass in new space

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — Adams Glass has moved into a new location, right across the road from its previous spot.

Owner Julie Dandrow-Reidy said they now have 10,000 square feet of display area, offices and work space at 5 Trade Road near the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in the Town of Plattsburgh.

“We needed a little bit more space,” she said, adding that the new location is about twice the size of the previous one. 

Windows plentiful

As would be expected, the display and office areas are bright spaces thanks to numerous windows. 

Adams Glass offers glass for a wide variety of commercial and residential uses. That includes plate glass for windows, picture frames, kitchen cabinets, tabletops and other household needs.

Glass is available in clear, tinted, patterned, beveled and polished finishes. The staff can offer thermoplane replacement as well as screen and storm window repair and new installations.

Adams Glass also offers mirrors, plexiglass and Lexan. Dandrow-Reidy said they recently started to offer vinyl windows and glass shower doors and enclosures.

On the commercial side, the company offers aluminum storefronts and entrances, aluminum railings and wind screens for decks and porches, aluminum windows, curtain walls, custom glass walls and doors and door and window hardware.

The company does most of its work in the tri-county area, but also has customers in St. Lawrence County and northern Vermont.

Conroy and Conroy was the general contractor, Dandrow-Reidy said, and all of the subcontractors were local. 

“We did the glass ourselves,” she said.

Former site available

Construction started in January and was complete by the end of July. They still have some inventory in storage in the old location, but the building is available for sale or lease, Dandrow-Reidy said.

Dandrow-Reidy acquired Adams Glass in 2005. Originally located on Lafayette Street, the company was founded by Ed Adams in 1954. 

He eventually moved the business to Weed Street and later turned it over to his son, Danny Adams. Danny ran the business until he succumbed to cancer in March 2005.

She said there is a family connection to the business as her father, Richard Dandrow, worked for Ed Adams at one time.

Adams Glass was located at 198 Idaho Ave. on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base when she acquired it. Dandrow-Reidy moved the business to Trade Road after she bought the former Todd’s Glass building in 2008.

The building is actually home to two companies. Dandrow’s Painting, a bridge-washing company, is also located there.

Dandrow-Reidy said it was originally a painting company, but evolved into a bridge-painting company and now a bridge-washing company. 

Adams Glass has four people who work in the office and 10 more in the shop.

“I have the greatest employees,” she said. “Their main concern is to make sure the customers are happy.”

That includes Dave Pelkey, Sue LeBlanc and Eric Pelkey, who worked at Adam’s Glass before Dandrow-Reidy bought the business.

Adams Glass is a New York State Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, which helps when they bid on projects that receive state or federal funds.

Involved in local area

The company is involved in a number of high-profile projects at the moment. That includes the Morrisonville Fire Station, ongoing work at CVPH Medical Center, the expansion at Bombardier, Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel and the Kinney Drugs and Subway projects on Boynton Avenue.

Other highly visible examples of their work can be seen at the Gateway Plattsburgh office building on Durkee Street and the architectural glazing features at the Banker Road Industrial Park.

They plan to be working on renovations at deFredenburgh Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh during the winter.

“From a year ago, things are starting to pick up,” Dandrow-Reidy said.

For more information, visit www.adamsglassllc.com or call 561-7310.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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