Remembering a great man and a great leader

Doug Nelson 8/12/44 – 5/8/19
Former CEO and co-owner of
Brin Glass Company
“None of this would run or even be here without the terrific team of people we have.” – Doug Nelson
We are sad to report the passing of someone very special to all of us who taught us not only lessons of leadership but of life, Doug Nelson. 

Douglas Marshall Nelson, was the co-owner and former CEO of Brin Glass, the parent company to Heartland Glass. A certified public accountant by trade, Doug and another fellow accountant, Larry Waller, purchased the Minneapolis-based Brin Northwestern Glass Co. in 1978. Just last June, Nelson retired as Brin’s CEO.
Doug credited his business success in large part due to his supportive wife of 51 years, Marilyn, and his team of employees and business partners. Doug continued coming to the office until the last 6 months of his life when his cancer became debilitating. Although Doug loved working, he never put work first. He had a gift for keeping balance in his life, and that is one of the strongest parts of the legacy he leaves with us. We will miss you Doug. Thank you for everything.

Andersen Named 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence

Andersen Corporation, including its subsidiaries, has been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner. The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor given by ENERGY STAR for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Andersen will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

“As one of the largest window and door manufacturers in North America, it is our responsibility to produce durable products that help reduce energy consumption and emissions, lower utility costs, and improve personal health and well-being,” said Jay Lund, chairman and CEO of Andersen Corporation. “We are proud to have been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner and continue our partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, a trusted symbol of energy efficiency.”

Andersen has been an ENERGY STAR® partner since the Windows program began in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. This is Andersen’s fifth Sustained Excellence Award and the tenth time the company has been recognized by the ENERGY STAR program.

“Our customers trust Andersen for beautiful, enduring, high-performing windows and doors that also offer the highest standards of energy efficiency,” said Annie Zipfel, Andersen Corporation’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We are proud to align with the EPA and the ENERGY STAR program to help customers choose energy efficient products and continue to build awareness for the importance of energy efficiency.”

The highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

Additionally, Andersen is committed to reducing energy use across its operations. The company has an enterprise goal to reduce its energy use by 20 percent by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline.

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions.

Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs.

Save now on a NEW LuminAire® Single Retractable Screen Door

Retractable Screen Door Spring Promotion

March 28-May 9, 2019

Fresh air at your fingertips!  Add ventilation without changing the look of an entryway,  The Andersen® LuminAire® Retractable Screen Door disappears when not in use and easily engages to allow fresh air in.

Save 7% on orders placed March 28th through May 9th, 2019.  A promo code is needed when placing the order.  Call Heartland Glass (320) 259-1679 now for details!

Insect Screen Change for 100 Series Casement/Awning Windows

Andersen is pleased to announce an improved insect screen design for 100 Series casement and awning
products. Inspired by the 400 Series insect screen design, we will be incorporating a roll-formed
aluminum screen frame that provides for tighter screen cloth appearance.

Replacement components
The new casement insect screen leverages the same screen cloth and is similar in appearance to the
current insect screen. New casement and awning insect screens can be identified by close examination
of the wing blade (see images below). In most instances, the new insect screen will be a viable substitute
for the current insect screen (“backward compatible”). The current insect screen design will remain
available as needed through a special product request (SPR).

Insect Screen Design
Insect Screen Design

Andersen® LuminAire® Retractable Screen Door

Andersen is pleased to announce the launch of the Andersen® LuminAire® Retractable Screen Door featuring the SlideAway® insect screen system that disappears when not in use. The sleek profile of the LuminAire retractable screen door integrates seamlessly with entryway providing customers convenient ventilation without changing the look of their entryway. This retractable screen door is available in three popular colors, includes options for both single and double hinged doors and installs in three easy steps.


Easily Hidden

SlideAway® insect screen system designed to disappear

when not in use

• Easy to Use

Quiet, controlled operation for smooth, reliable


• Easy to Install

Installs in 3 easy steps and requires only basic tools and

no cutting

• Easy Light and Ventilation

Brings in natural light and ventilation on demand

For additional information please contact Heartland Glass at 320-259-1679.

Firstlight Health System in Mora, Minnesota

Firstlight Health System in Mora, Minnesota


It takes time and passion to be really great.
Twenty years ago, I never would have guessed that I would still be working for the same company that welcomed me straight out of high school! I also would not have guessed at this time I would be the parent of a high school freshman! Time flies by in the blink of an eye.
Our son, Chase, is almost 15 and right now, football is his LIFE! Every day revolves around the game he loves. He trains all year in the weight room to be the toughest guy he can be. All his hard work came to a screeching halt this summer when he broke his leg on the second day at UMD Football Camp in Duluth. He had broken his Tibia and Fibula (the two bones between the ankle and knee). It was a long boring summer for Chase. We all learned to have a little patience and grace this summer.
Chase’s next biggest passion is anything that he can drive! He ended up buying a four- wheeler and worked on restoring it most of the summer. By the end of the summer, he was fully healed and cleared to play at the end of this last football season. He has already decided he is going back to football camp!
During his recovery, Chase has been working with the Physical Therapy department at the Firstlight Health System in our home town of Mora, MN, which just so happens to be our Heartland Glass feature project this quarter. I have been managing the Firstlight Health System project for about the last year or so. I was also responsible for estimating this job so I have literally seen it from start to finish. It has brought challenges in bidding and managing, but overall, this project has been very rewarding. We have developed a great working relationship with Kraus Anderson Construction who are the construction managers on the project.
There are so many advantages of running a project close to home. The top being one of the first patients to use their state-of-the-art Physical Therapy department. This facility was much needed in our area. I am very happy to send Chase to Firstlight Health for Physical Therapy. He enjoys going and using the equipment there. I love walking through the building and seeing friendly faces that I know from around town whether I’m working with my pink hard hat or there as a patient. Yes, I said pink! It was graciously given to me for Women in Construction week by my fellow peers; Garrity Gerber, Ken Schueller, David Pennertz, Luke Nelson and former employee Matt Dieser. I couldn’t do this job without my team!
I have really enjoyed working on this project and I hope to keep adding to my health care portfolio in the future. Health care projects usually incorporate leading design aspects and I am continually learning something new on these projects.

Quarryview Education Center

The Quarryview Education Center in Waite Park features Tubelite T24650 Thermal Storefront with over 35 wide stile doors incorporating Allegion Hardware and approximately 2,200 square feet of high performance glazing: Solarban 70 XL by Vitro, fabricated by Oldcastle.

Andersen® 400 Series Tilt-Wash Window with Optional Performance Grade (PG) 50 Upgrade

Andersen Corporation is pleased to introduce a redesigned PG50 upgrade option for 400 Series tilt-wash units. This new design eliminates the need for field applied installation clips as well as all visible interior structural support brackets and the exterior outer frame member brackets. New upper sash exterior pivot pins and the existing exterior sill brackets will still be used but would be partially hidden from view if using an insect screen. Double sash locks will continue to be used.



Tilt-wash units with PG upgrade already installed in the field cannot be retro-fitted to eliminate the interior structural brackets due to unit modifications. These new enhancements do not apply to the monumental 72 and 76 heights or tilt-wash units with impact resistant glass.  Contact Heartland Glass for more details and information.