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Kinney Glass, Navigating Entrepreneurship

Kinney Glass stands tall, serving the community with its expertise in commercial storefronts, doors, residential windows, auto glass repair, and an array of other glass-related services. The proud owners, Nicole and her husband John, took the plunge into entrepreneurship almost three years ago, embarking on a journey that has been both challenging and rewarding.

The Decision to Acquire Kinney Glass

Before delving into the world of glass, Nicole and her husband entrench themselves in the world of business. Nicole, with a background in Economic Development. Her husband a former store manager for United Wireless, felt the desire to break free from the constraints of a conventional 9 to 5 job. The opportunity to acquire the business arose organically. The former owners expressed their desire to retire, presenting the Hahns with a chance to venture into business ownership.

The decision to maintain the Kinney Glass legacy by keeping the original name was driven by the business’s long-standing reputation. Kinney Glass was established in 1963 by Bill & Carolyn Kinney. The business was purchased by Curt and Kathy Kinney in 2003. Nicole explains that the former owners, Curt and Kathy, were acquaintances from her involvement in Downtown Vision. The transition of ownership was a smooth process with Curt expressing his readiness to sell.

The Responsibility of Business Ownership

Owning a business comes with its set of challenges and joys. Nicole, serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), values the autonomy that comes with being a business owner. The flexibility to manage time and attend to personal commitments is a definite plus. However, the responsibility of managing eight employees and ensuring the smooth operation of the business adds a layer of complexity to their roles.

Versatile Expertise in Glass Services

At Kinney Glass, their commitment extends far beyond commercial windows. With a legacy dating back to 1963, they have become synonymous with excellence in various glass-related services. Their core offerings include expert installations of commercial storefronts and doors, ensuring businesses make a lasting impression.

In the residential realm, Kinney Glass cater to your needs with precision, providing top-notch services for windows, doors, storm doors, and even shower doors. They are not just about aesthetics; their team excels in auto glass repair and replacement, a service often overlooked. From large-scale projects to personal ventures, they stand ready with a dedicated team, ready to handle repairs, reglazes, and any glass-related task you may have. They pride themselves on being the go-to source in Garden City, Kansas, for all things glass, offering a level of versatility and expertise that sets them apart.

Building a Family at Work and Future Growth

Reflecting on the past few years. Nicole finds joy not in a singular moment but in the overall experience of building a strong team dynamic within the business. Despite the physical demands of the work, the sense of camaraderie among employees has created a workplace that feels like a family. Nicole expresses gratitude for the chemistry and connection they share, making every day enjoyable.

Looking forward, Nichole envisions growth for Kinney Glass in the next 5 to 10 years. However, the challenges lie in finding skilled workers willing to take on physically demanding roles in the glass industry. The business aims to adapt to changing times while maintaining its commitment to quality service.

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