GGI’s Arthur Balik Passes Away

Glass Magazine
September 16, 2013
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : BUSINESS

Arthur Balik, retired chairman of the board for GGI, Secaucus, N.J., passed away September 15, 2013.

Arthur and his younger brother Albert, who died in August of last year, joined the family company in 1945 after serving in World War II.  The “Balik Boys” were the third generation to enter the business, then operating out of the lower east side of Manhattan. At the time, General Glass Industries was a business of case goods and loose lites.

Remembering his brother last summer, Arthur described the family company this way:  “Back then, we didn’t do anything but cut the glass.  We were importers and distributors, and it was a very tough, very competitive business.”

Arthur was active in the Flat Glass Marketing Association, the precursor to the Glass Association of North America,  as Eastern Section chairman and served on the national association’s executive committee.

Fifty years later, the brothers turned the company over to their sons, David and Richard, who developed new products for the picture frame and specialty glass divisions, expanded GGI’s North American glass distribution network and glass fabrication capabilities, and acquiring new technologies to become a leader in the decorative and specialty glass markets.

“Arthur lived to see his grandson, Stephen, join the business as the fifth generation, and he was very proud of that," said his son, David, president and CEO of GGI.  “He taught us as a family―and as a family company―how to survive the tough times and to make the hard decisions needed to grow.”  

Funeral services will be held September 17 at 10 a.m. in New Rochelle, N.Y.  Arthur is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister, Hilda, children Carol and David; grandchildren Adam, Joshua, Rachel and Stephen; great-grandchildren, Emma and Zoe; step-children Deana and Stephen, and grandchildren, Andrew, Bowen, Treyson, Stephen IV and Jessica.