The developer wanted to have control over product quality, costand delivery, according to a spokesperson.

"In this business, on-time product delivery and customer serviceare top priorities," Colombo says. "I could ensure that by having ahand in the entire process."

After Hurricane Andrew struck in 1994, Glasswall was purchasedand transformed from an installation company to a manufacturer tomeet the growing market demand. Glasswall, a full-service company,manufactures and installs impact and non-impact glass products,which include sliding doors, railings, windows, shower doors andmirrors, which meet Miami-Dade's hurricane codes. The companyprovides hurricane-proof exterior glass that can withstand winds ofup to 240 mph.

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