ANDERSON — When Moss Glass Co. first opened in 1946, the small family business focused on building an impeccable reputation for work both in and with the community.
Today, after undergoing a number of transitions and a couple of owners, the company has reopened and plans to restore the business to its original reputation with the help of the Moss family.
Wes Shoup, general manager of Moss Glass Co., said the company was sitting vacant before John Swain stepped forward to purchase the business.
“Together we have close to 50 years of combined experience when it comes to working with glass,” Shoup said.
Swain, the new president and owner of Moss Glass, said that combined expertise will help them run the company with the same value and integrity that was started by the Moss family.
“We feel like Anderson has a lot of potential, and there was a void when it comes to what we can do and it is our intent to fill that void,” he said.
When it comes to glass needs and ability, Shoup said, it is easier to list the company’s limitations than the lengthy list of things they can do.
“We can do everything but auto glass,” he said with a laugh. “We can do showers, shelving, furniture — you name it. And I don’t know anyone else that does sandblasting other than Moss Glass.”
While the businessmen say they had the knowledge and skill to restore the glass business, they went a step further and hired two of the company’s former employees in addition to hiring Ted Moss for consultation purposes.
The former employees Swain hired include Sue Evans, an administrative assistant who has worked as a Moss Glass bookkeeper for more than 30 years, and Kevin Rushton, who now is the company’s shop manager.