Ace Glass & Mirror nears 40 years of serving Southeast Texas
Published 12:40 am Friday, March 17, 2023
NEDERLAND — “Glass sort of runs in my family.”
That’s how Mark Stratton describes his connection with the business he began almost 40 years ago.
Stratton was following in familiar footsteps when he built Ace Glass & Mirror in 1984 at the age of 26. His grandfather owned Jan Jacinto Glass in Beaumont. An uncle owned Alamo Glass in Port Arthur. Another uncle owned Dixie Glass in Orange.
Mark’s son, Curtis, took the reins Jan. 18, 2020, when Mark was in a motorcycle crash and out of commission.
So when Mark said, “glass sort of runs in my family” he wasn’t kidding.
The father and son aren’t the only family members involved in running the glass service business at 716 S. Twin City Highway in Nederland. His sister and other family members are working there, as well.
Ace Glass & Mirror was named the Nederland Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
“I was shocked, very surprised and very thankful,” Mark Stratton said. “It was awesome. I let my son accept the award. He’s basically the one to take the reins.”
Ace Glass offers a number of services from automobile glass to commercial work, cutting window glass to commercial storefront glass and mirror jobs and more.
“We always put the customer first,” he said.
If an employee is working on a car, he tells them to act as if it were that person’s grandmother’s car. Do not leave it dirty. If they are cutting glass for a picture frame, he asks them to make sure the glass is clean before wrapping it and giving it to the customer.
He calls it going the extra step.
The Strattons don’t shy away from community service. Mark has served on the Nederland Chamber of Commerce executive board as chairman, as well as other positions.
During Nederland Heritage Festival, Mark worked at the Chamber‘s funnel cake booth where he created four flavors of the sweet pastry. He also worked the Optimist Club booth on different nights selling corn dogs, chicken nuggets and fried cheese.
Both father and son worked the booths, he said.
Future of the glass business
The glass business has undergone a number of changes through the decades that the Strattons have owned the business.
High tech glass is more and more popular. This is for vehicles as well as commercial and residential.
Ace Glass installs a special type of glass in a bathroom where the owner can flip a switch and the glass goes from clear to opaque.
Glass isn’t the only thing that is sold at the business. Ace Glass also distributes a line of seasoning with humorous names.
The spices and products are made in Lexington, Texas.
“People buy it as a gag gift because of the name on it, and when they try it, they’re like wow, this is pretty good,” he said. “I send this stuff out all over the United States. People buy it here and send it to Oklahoma and they get a big kick out of it and the next thing you know I get an order out of Oklahoma.”
The barbeque sauce, he said, is outstanding.
Ace Glass is also one of the biggest suppliers of Mardi Gras beads in Southeast Texas, he said.
“We are big into Mardi Gras,” Mark said, adding he built seven Mardi Gras floats back in the day.