Founded in 1907 Campbell Glass has been an integral part of our community for over a century. It started as a family run business by Mr. Campbell and the name carried on when owners Zena and Manny Fresco took over in 1988. As a welder by trade, Manny was a creative force with a strong knowledge in sandblasting. He later worked as an employee at a local glass business and quickly became the go-to-guy for all things glass related. It was clear that Manny had found his niche. He knew at that moment that he was going to be a business owner. In 1988 an opportunity presented itself to Manny and Zena and they purchased Campbell Glass. Originally located on Mary Street it wasn’t long before the company grew and switched locations to Ottawa Street N.
All in the Family…
Zena had her first Son a few years into operations and was back in the office two weeks later. Her son literally grew up in the business and now works full time alongside Manny, Zena and his sister. When asked what makes their business so special Zena says a lot of it has to do with their loyal staff members, many of whom are like family. Some have been with the company for over two decades and others are going on 10+ years.
When COVID hit the work continued for Manny and his team, many employees took some time away to help stop the spread as social distancing was encouraged. Manny and his son worked tirelessly to finish jobs that were in the works and found themselves installing custom glass shower units in unfinished condo buildings so occupants could move in.
Deemed an essential service they learned to adapt to the changing climate and continued to run their business safely and efficiently. They noticed a shift in customer priorities as Ontario began to enter Phase 1 of reopenings. Businesses were in need of custom sneeze guard shields which Campbell Glass began to instal in dentist offices, physiotherapy offices and other businesses. These can be made of glass or Plexiglass, are made to order based on your custom specs, and are installed upon delivery. Campbell Glass offers curbside pickup and has a list of COVID safety protocols posted upon entry. Customers can walk-in or choose to schedule an appointment in advance.
With a 4,00 square-foot showroom, the space is set up to display their best selling products, some of which include custom glass shower enclosures, interior and exterior railings, custom designed glass wall systems, mirrors and more. They also specialize in repair services for broken glass on home appliances, storefront glass replacement and hardware for the do-it-yourselfer.
Manny and Zena think of Ottawa Street as home, they have witnessed a lot of change and growth over the years and are excited to see what the future holds!