ACI originated from a small glass company established in 1872 by Samuel S. Binswanger in Richmond, Virginia. On the west coast, Steve Palmer, an All-American at UCLA and professional football player, founded his company, California Glass in 1958. With the enormous growth he achieved over the years, he attracted the attention of Australian Consolidated Industries who was searching for a presence in the American glass bussiness. He sold the company to ACI in 1982 and its name change to ACI Glass Products. Based on the succesful results being realized with this new company, in 1985 a number of other glass companies were acquired including Havin Witkin in Northern California and Belknap Industries in the Northwest and Solaglas in Southern California. ACI also purchased Binswanger Glass, bringing the number of fabrication and distribution facilities to more than 50. In 1992, Vitro, a global leader in the glass industry, purchased the combined holdings of ACI and Binswanger to become Vitro America. Vitro America and ACI are now among the few fully integrated glass distributos in the U.S, who manufacture, fabricate and deliver flat glass... from sand to satisfaction. Vitro owns and operates multiple float tanks, which manufacture flat glass, windshields (Crinamex) and OEM automotive glass. Vitro in turn distributes these products throughout North America through ACI Distribution.
In addition to strategic acquisitions, such as Supersky, which hace helped to strenghten the company, new distribution and production locations have been added as well as new technologies and fabrication capabilities. ACI Distribution is clearly recognized as one of the largest full-line glass distributors in the United State. ACI is a wholesale distributor and fabricator of architectural aluminum, and automotive glass. ACI manufactures many of the products it distributes including; Classic™ doors and handrails, Scargad™ mirror, and Heat Mirror™, just to name a few. ACI Distribution has a complete product offering to meet the needs of booth commercial and residential glaziers.
ACI Distribution currently has more than 50 locations to provide quality products and services to its costumers. The company maintains its standard of excellence though its own fabrication facilities and through the vast resources of the Vitro network.