History is a hot topic in the glass making industry. Here anything to do with glass involves living on the edge, quite literally working with fire and cutting-edge technologies. It is especially interesting for the families who built the glass component industry. These are the brilliant glassworkers who evolve the processes that keep step with technology. Similarly, a few of these rare families can be found throughout the northeastern United States. As a result, this is where the glass evolution began in the U.S. many generations ago and has continued to this day. And it is one of those rare examples of a heritage of family trade still passed from generation to generation.
One such family is the Rossi Family et al of New Jersey. From the very beginning, for example, Precision Electronic Glass has focused on providing the latest glass technologies, constant innovation, and superior service. Founder John Rossi, affectionately known as “The Glass Expert and Historian,” was passionate about the industry and about the science of glassmaking.
His knowledge of glass and dedication to the industry made a strong foundation upon which to establish PEG. Plus, he did so with technology, innovation, and service as its founding principles. John knew this bode well for the company. As a result, today the family is well suited for a long successful journey thanks to this strong foundation.
Setting the Stage for Success
Born October 24, 1924, in Vineland, NJ, John forged a career path that qualified him well for the role of an entrepreneur in a field he knew and loved. After graduating from Elon University, John worked as a chemist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. After World War II, he worked at various chemical and glass companies while pursuing an additional degree in mechanical engineering.
Ultimately, the enterprising young man became chief engineer/plant manager at a local glass company where he dreamed of starting his own business. Finally, in 1962 he did just that with the opening of PEG which continues to grow rapidly with new technology.
Many of the people that work at PEG now have dedicated their lives to the company and helped it grow into what it is today. In fact, a number of employees were fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with JR while he was still active with the company. They are proud to have helped make his vision come alive and have grown their own skills in the process.
The Role of PEG in Today’s Technology
Today, PEG remains a privately held, family corporation, that has grown from an idea to a multimillion-dollar corporation. PEG employs a full complement of artisans, engineers, technicians, and support personnel. Through this team of experts, PEG makes glass components that go into critical products in a wide range of markets. For example, these markets include electrical, surveillance, industrial, and transportation. They also include fiber-optic, medical, scientific, aerospace, and diagnostic markets in 23 countries around the world.
As we have for more than half a century, PEG continues to meet the future glass fabrication challenges presented by new and evolving technologies. We build on the foundation of current customers and partner with them as they grow. Using automation where it makes sense, we help make products better by translating our customers’ ideas into glass technology. Engineering expertise allows us to expand into new lines and services. As a PEG customer, you can continue to expect the extraordinary level of service and depth of relationship that has become the PEG Difference.
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History of Glass Radio Interview
By John Rossi