Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Glass Blocks Key Component of New BNA Construction ; A Division of Multicoat Products Inc. in Fraziers Bottom

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Glass Blocks Key Component of New BNA Construction ; A Division of Multicoat Products Inc. in Fraziers Bottom

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The Glass Block Place, a 20-year name in the glass block industry, is now a division of the new BNA Construction in Putnam County. BNA Construction, in turn, is the newly formed contracting division of Multicoat Products Inc. in the Putnam Business Park in Fraziers Bottom. Multicoat produces coatings for waterproofing applications and also products for concrete repair and decorative concrete.

John Dill, vice president of Multicoat, said having a glass block division of the company brings it full circle.

When Multicoat was founded in the early 1980s, one of its product lines then was glass blocks, which are popular for basement window replacements and other applications where natural light and privacy are needed.

"We did glass block installations and shower installations, but that was never our main focus, because we did the coatings, Dill said.

Eventually, Multicoat sold its interest in glass blocks to Scott Harrison, who formed The Glass Block Place. At the time, Harrison was an employee of Multicoat.

"Scott left our company and went on his own in 2000. We made a decision to exit the glass block market, so we sold all the assets to Scott. Scott grew that business pretty well and continued to thrive with the business, Dill said.

Dill said that under Harrison's leadership, The Glass Block Place grew so much that Harrison needed the kind of resources that a company such as Multicoat could provide him.

"He needed a support staff, so Multicoat re-purchased [The Glass Block Place] back from Scott and put it all under the BNA name.

Harrison, who remains with the company, said customers can still rely on the knowledge and experience they've come to expect from The Glass Block Place. "The experience and value of the 20-year-old company such as The Glass Block Place is still intact, Harrison said.

As part of Multicoat Products, BNA Construction, Dill said, does mainly the glass block work and some concrete restoration work.

"Basically, BNA installs what Multicoat manufactures, but we're not limited to that, said Doug Smith, operations manager.

BNA was formed because there was a need for quality installation services for Multicoat's products, which include waterproof coatings, concrete restoration and decorative concrete products. …

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