Frameless Hardware Company Officially Launches

Glass Magazine
October 31, 2019

Frameless Hardware Co., a new supplier and manufacturer to the glass and glazing industries, officially opened operations in North America. FHC will supply glass, glazing tools and supplies, frameless shower door hardware, commercial hardware for glass entrances and storefronts, architectural railings, transaction windows, machinery and equipment for the safe handling, fabrication and installation of glass.

FHC’s leadership team includes Chris Hanstad, president, and Barry Sutherland, senior vice president. Hanstad worked for C.R. Laurence Co. for 15 years, most recently as vice president, and prior to CRL, spent seven years at Grand View Glass & Metal. Sutherland served as director of commercial hardware for twenty years with C.R. Laurence, and four years with Sommer & Maca.

“We are excited to provide the industry and its stakeholders with a new, trusted supplier; a partner that prioritizes the customer,” says Hanstad. “Throughout the many consolidations that have taken place in the glass industry, the supply chain pool has become significantly smaller, and it’s ultimately the customers who have paid a price. What we’re offering is a partnership, solidified by high quality customer service and product availability. We want the industry to know, you now have a choice.”

“We have a commitment to provide a high level of service, and to provide innovative products to the industry,” says Sutherland.

Based in South Gate, California, FHC’s newly renovated 75,000-square-foot corporate headquarters houses stock inventory, customer will call, technical service and product R&D. “Our target right now is the West Coast, but we will ship all over the U.S.,” says Sutherland.

FHC has also launched, an e-commerce marketplace designed specifically for glaziers and glass professionals. “We know the pain points of online ordering. We’ve seen and heard it firsthand,” says Sutherland. “We’ve prioritized and invested substantially in the user experience, and are changing the way this industry conducts business online. We just made it a whole lot easier.”