FORT JENNINGS — Stained glass window business Window Creations LLC participated in an energy rebate program that helped them to reduce energy usage and have more efficient lighting.
The business at 21438 U.S. 24 received a $5,776 rebate check from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative’s Commercial and Industrial Custom Lighting Program. The funding allowed for 26 new LED lights to replace the old metal halide lights. In total, the company reduced its energy by 6,500 watts reducing the initial wattage by more than 60 percent.
The business opened in 1989 in Scott, moving to the Fort Jennings location 13 years ago and has been in business for 30 years, according to Reggie Buehrer, Window Creations LLC president. The business serves customers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Window Creations worked with Green Options LLC to apply for the rebate the end of last year and the lights were purchased the end of last year. The new lighting was installed by Window Creations LLC employees in the business’s studio.
“Electrical costs were continuing to go up and we were using the old metal halides, an older inefficient version of lighting,” Buehrer said. “We want to be as green of a company as possible and do our part.”
He said the business is excited about the opportunity to lower its energy footprint.
The business has been making and restoring stained glass windows for 30 years and a few years ago they expanded into manufacturing custom aluminum and wood frames for windows.
The company’s customers are churches and businesses, primarily. The business also does printing on glass and is the only stained glass studio in the country that does that, according to Buehrer.
“We are using the similar type of paint the industry has used for hundreds of years, but we use drawings that are fired directly into the glass,” Buehrer said.
The business has a manufacturing side where custom bending of aluminum is done in addition to CNC bending, water jetting, wood milling and glass cutting.
A stained glass studio side of the business is where the glass is cut out of colored glass and it is fabricated together using lead.
“The more expensive stained glass is not because of the size but because of the labor involved,” Buehrer said.
There are artists who work 10 hours a day drawing and have bachelor’s of fine arts degrees and his son Joshua is in charge of digital printing. They use computer software that customizes colors. Customers can suggest the types of scenes they would like to have drawn.
To learn more about the stained glass studio, visit bstudios.net and the printing studio at windowcreationsllc.com. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.