Article provided by LA County Business Connect. July/August 2016, Issue 20.
Founded in 1989, PRL Glass creates fabricated tempered/laminated glass, frameless shower doors, all glass entrance doors, beveled mirrors and extrude their own aluminum. Originally beginning its operations under a 3,000 square foot building with three employees, the company has now grown to 450 employees and 250,000 square feet. PRL Glass is the fastest growing company in the architectural glass/metal industry.
The Challenge. PRL Glass had been concerned about the high costs of doing business and had been approached by other states to relocate out of California. The LAEDC team went to work. Culminating with a testimony by an LAEDC representative regarding the best use of the property at a council meeting, the acquisition of a new two-acre property in the City of Industry became a reality for PRL Glass.
The company was able to expand its business right here in California and the County of Los Angeles, adding critically needed parking for existing employees and new hires, and strengthening the company’s resolve to stay in the City of Industry.
Team work, hands-on involvement resulted in the purchase of this key property.
In addition to the advocacy before the City of Industry City Council, the LAEDC team also identified additional resources to help the company sustain its operations in L.A. County.
• Edison Utility Incentives through the Economic Development Rate (EDR).
• Minority Business certification.
• California incentive programs including partial sales tax exemption and California Competes Tax Credits.
• Workforce hiring programs including Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) and California Employment Training Panel (ETP).
• Working with the City of Industry to solve parking issues.
Through the LAEDC’s commitment to economic development, advocacy, business assistance and a belief in the success of L.A. County businesses, PRL Glass will continue to stay and grow in California and plans to add 100+ employees in the next few years.