Founded by two experienced tradespeople in the glass industry, Elkridge Glass Ltd. is a new local business that strives to help customers meet their glass needs, no matter the size.
The business was opened on July 6, 2023, and was founded by Kim Waud and Trevor Gunderson, who have been together for the past 10 years.
“I got into the glass business right out of high school,” said Gunderson. “I went to work for Bob Nelson at Champagne Glass and got my feet wet. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
He worked in the industry since 1986 and grew out of his previous job back in May to co-found Elkridge Glass Ltd.
“Before I started working in glass, I’ve only ever waited tables and worked in the food service industry. A friend of a friend introduced me to Trevor… just about 15 years ago,” said Waud.
“I made my way into the back and learned how to cut glass and install windshields,” she explained. “The rest is history.”
“And here we are,” they both said in unison.
“We are doing pretty much anything glass,” said Gunderson. He stated that they handle a wide variety of jobs from windshields to ordering in glass components.
“We build and repair screens, custom cut mirrors, and we’ll cut glass for a picture frame if you need. We even still do the old hack-and-putty windows,” explained Waud.
They do rock chip repairs, commercial door repairs, farm equipment, “and a little bit of everything” according to Waud.
“We’ve actually just put a window in a hopper; that was kind of cool. I’ve never been inside a hopper before,” said Waud, stating that she just learned what a hopper is on the job. She is always happy to take on new challenges and said this makes the job interesting.
Elkridge Glass is SGI accredited and can cover insurance claim repairs as well.
The couple said they were inspired to start their own business after thinking it over for several years.
“I’ve been wanting to go on my own for 10 years now,” said Gunderson.
“It was time to branch out and do something for ourselves,” Waud added.
“We had outgrown our previous jobs,” they both stated.
Things are looking up for the couple, as local support has been phenomenal and they’ve been kept busy.
“We’re looking to expand into the next bay, as our business is expanding a little bit faster than I expected,” said Gunderson.
Gunderson stated that they have been busy since opening. Some of their upcoming projects range from a commercial sealed unit to semi windshields to a window repair on the house adjacent to the recent Empire Apartments demolition site.
“We’re just looking to grow the business and get people what they need in a timely fashion. It’s so hard to get stuff nowadays that we just try to get to everybody and keep the customer happy,” Waud explained.
Currently, it’s just Kim and Trevor at the shop. As they are always on the go, they ask anyone wishing to stop by or needing repairs to contact them in advance.
Business hours are from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., and then 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. They are closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
Elkridge Glass Ltd. can be reached by calling or sending a text to 306-631-0883, or by messaging them on Facebook Messenger. Waud keeps a close eye on Facebook and will promptly respond to any inquiry.
Their shop is located at 930 Manitoba Street East in Bay 7, which is the furthest bay to the north.