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Erie, PA 16501

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Home Show Season Again
Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015. With the new year beginning and while winter still has us firmly in her grips.  We are once again entering the home show season. The two big home shows for the Erie Pa area are fast approaching.  The first one this year is The 55 annual Builders Association Home Show at Family First Sports Park in Erie.

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Keep It Made in Erie, Keep it Made In America!
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

So 2013 is over half way gone already. Is time flying by or what. We at Glass Block Specialties are staying very busy and working as hard as we can to bring you 100% American Glass block at affordable prices. In this day and age it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep your prices competitive in a market flooded with imported block. Our block are manufactured right here in PA and we are committed to providing our customers the ability to keep Americans working. Not one single part of our window assemblies come from outside the USA and we are the only local guys able to provide that type of product. Our Preferred methods of window assembly is to use White type S mortar to make and install your windows. Its a well know fact in the industry that Mortaring windows together is more expensive and time consuming. It also takes a skilled mason to do it right, But the end result is a window that will with stand the harsh climates and freeze thaw cycles that we experience here in North Western Pa and the whole tri state area for that matter. Other benefits to having your windows made with mortar cement is that you can custom build to a specific size by altering the size of the mortar joints. Those glued together windows you find a the big box stores or from those out of state boys are " One Size Only " when they build you a 32x16 inch window it really is 31x15.5 inch and that's it. Their glass blocks are butt jointed ( meaning its one block butted against the other and held there with caulking ) . A mortared 32x16 can be built using different sized Joints allowing for more precise fit. That is crucial in old foundations with inconsistent window opening. It also keeps the individual block from coming in contact with each other causing " tension damage" I.E cracked blocks. For more on that see our photo gallery called " The wall of shame " there you will find many examples of why you don't want glued together windows in your home. At G.B.S. we bring you 100% American made windows. The made in PA, The vent, Made in Chicago and Ohio, The Mortar, Made in PA, The sand in the mortar, Mined and milled in Oh. The Labor to install them , 4 life long residents of Erie, PA . The taxes paid on all ends of the business stay right here to. Fed, State , Local, SS All of it stay here to help our communities. That is something to consider when making your choices. When you buy from the cheap chain store your buying China big Corp. When you buy from the Out of state boys they pay no tax in pa and take the money back to New York. when they pay for their block they are paying China, Indonesia or Germany and Italy. So come on Erie, Let keep it Made in Erie, Lets Keep it Made in America, And lets keep it professional. Thanks and have a great summer. Hope to hear from you soon LOUIE ;)

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Let the 2011 Season Begin! and Welcome to the familly Larry.
Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM
Lou at Glass Block Specialties by Bruno say's the two recently completed home shows were a big success and the unusually wet April has also helped make the beginning of this 2011 season very busy. " We have gone from zero to like one hundred in like 3 weeks" He also added that they were fortunate to gain some help in the sales area with a new addition to the sales force. Last year towards the end of the season we had a chance to hire Larry Kreakie as a sales rep. Larry is a great guy from the Erie area who has a very strong background in sales, Not only from his short stint with an out of business glass block competitor from the Western NY area but from many years of sales and management with some local big companies as well. Lou also wants to add that Larry is available for an in home estimate right now so you should give us a call today to set up your appointment with either Lou or Larry. Read More »
Appointment of 2nd Term to the Board of Directors Of The Builders Association of NW Pa
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM
Glass Block Specialties is happy to announce that Louis A Bruno has been appointed to his second term as an Associate Director of the Builders Association. Lou says he is excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to 2011 as a very productive year for the Builders Assoc. as well as glass block specialties. On the agenda for 2011 ? Finding a new home for the BA. The Launch of the BA website and The 51st Annual BA Home Show at Family First Sports Park. Lou says he is on the home show committee and that himself and his colleagues are meeting every 2 weeks until the show to make this home show the best it has ever been. The show Dates for the Ba home show are as follows 4/7/2011 to 4/10/2011. save the date.. Read More »
PA Builders Association
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM
For Immediate Release: Glass Block Specialties of Erie, PA is happy to announce the appointment of Louis A. Bruno to the Board of Directors of the Builders Association Northwestern PA. The Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) supporting building and related trades in Erie, Warren, and Crawford counties. All members subscribe to a code of ethics that is recognized by the community they serve. Board members that govern the association are sworn in by oath and pledge. Mr. Bruno was sworn in on Thursday November 19, 2009 and has been an active memeber since 1996. Mr. Bruno pledges to uphold the long standing traditions of the Builders Association and is very excited to introduce fresh ideas and a renewed participation level of its members. For more information on the Builders Association, please visit their website at the link below. [URL="http://www.banwpa.com"]Builders Association of NWPA Website[/URL] Read More »
New Website Launched
Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:11 PM
We're proud to unveil the new website for Glass Block Specialties. With this new site, we hope to offer you the latest, and most up to date news on our services, and new products we offer. The new website also gives you the ability to contact us directly, or even find directions from your house or residence directly to our showroom, using our "Find Us" service. Feel free to browse around and let us know of any bugs or issues you might come across, or even send us a message to suggest new features. We are striving to provide you, the customer, the best possible service. Read More »
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