Clark County at Work: D&L Glass Company Inc.

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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Business name: D&L Glass Company Inc.

Owner and president: Margaret Adams.

Address: 7812 N.E. 19th Court, Vancouver.

What the business does: The company specializes in commercial storefront glass installation and repair and also sells and installs residential shower doors.

Steps to build business as the economy recovers: Margaret Adams has reduced cost structure and fixed overhead to restore profitability, returning to margin levels enjoyed during the residential building boom five to 10 years ago. The company is looking to add more technology and productivity tools, including providing tablets to field staff for drawings and communications. D&L is also working to increase social media efforts for customer dialogue and engagement. Adams has added regular training meetings with her glaziers and hired a key project manager who has provided leadership, customer relations and management capabilities for job site coordination. D&L has set up a referral program for walk-in customers.

Greatest challenge: Cash flow management and discipline, especially given the seasonality in our commercial side, are her greatest challenges, Adams said. Recruiting the right workforce for the business is another challenge.

What is your favorite part of the job: Adams said she has always prided herself on her company’s ability to provide good customer service. She is happy when customers tell her they are pleased.

What’s ahead: Adams plans to reduce the company’s physical space. After restructuring operations, she said the business doesn’t need as much square footage as it currently has. The business is on the market, and Adams says she will retire when she finds the right buyer. She says she is nearly ready to transition the business to new ownership.Year established in Clark County: D&L was founded 34 years ago by Margaret and Dave Adams. Margaret has been running the company since her husband died in 2006.Employees: Nine.

Telephone: 360-576-0303.

Fax: 360-576-0357.Email: dlglassco@aol.com.

Website:D&L Glass

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.