Year in Review | 2019

Year in Review | 2019

KGa in 2019

The KGa staff gathers for an end-of-year celebration.

Awards & Recognition

Frederick Magazine Names David Stone to Top 50 CEOs List

Every January, Frederick Magazine, in coordination with the Frederick County Office of Economic Development releases a guide to the CEOs that use their “leadership and expertise to contribute to Frederick County, Maryland’s vibrant economy.” This year, KGa’s CEO, David Stone was honored in the guide. Also featured in the Top 50 CEO publication was a short article that talks about KGa’s fabrication facilities and headquarters Ijamsville. Check out the full issue here.

USGlass Magazine Top 50 Contract Glaziers

KGa kicked off 2019 by receiving the first of many honors for the year. In the February 2019 issue of USGlass Magazine, KGa was named to the Top 50 Contract Glaziers list. This is the second year KGa was honored with a spot. To see the full article click here.

Glass Magazine Top Glass Fabricators

The April 2019 issue of Glass Magazine presented their list of the Top Glass Fabricators of 2019. KGa was recognized among some of the largest glass fabricators in the country. This is the 3rd consecutive year the KGa Fabrication division was honored with a spot. Check out the full issue here.

Glass Magazine Top 50 Glaziers

The annual Top 50 Glaziers list in Glass Magazine’s June 2019 issue represents the largest contract glazing companies in the United States and this year, KGa was honored with the 25th spot. This is the third year in a row that KGa was honored. Improving our rankings by +11 since last year, this is the first time KGa has ranked in the top 25! Check out the full issue here.

ABC Washington Metro & Virginia Chapters Excellence in Construction Awards

The ABC Metro & Virginia Chapters’ Excellence in Construction Awards were held in September. For excellent work completed over the last year, KGa was named the Subcontractor of the Year for the 3rd year in a row! Can’t wait to see if we can do it 4 years in a row come 2020!

KGa Honored with ABC Step Award

In November of 2019, KGa was honored with a Bronze Level Safety Award from the ABC Metro Washington Chapter’s STEP program. The STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) Program is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that assesses a company’s safety processes and procedures. Programs like Toolbox Talk Tuesdays, Near-Miss Reporting, OSHA10 Certifications and upgraded PPE are all contributing factors to this award. Click here to learn more about the program.

KGa takes home Subcontractor of the Year for the Glass & Glazing category at the 2019 ABC Washington Metro & Virginia Chapters’ Excellence in Construction Awards.

In March of 2019, KGa proudly announced the expansion into the fabrication of laminated glass in our Frederick location. The decision to expand into laminated glass arose from KGa’s commitment to be a one-stop-supplier, offering annealed, tempered, monolithic tempered and now laminated glass to our customers. In addition, adding laminated glass to our services allows KGa to provide shorter lead-times to our clients. We look forward to seeing how this new service flourishes in the upcoming year.

KGa’s New Women in Construction (WIC) Group Holds Inaugural Meeting

Inspired by groups like the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) and ABC’s Women Build Washington group, KGa’s Contract Sales Manager, Julie Whitehair founded a woman’s leadership at KGa dubbed WIC (Women in Construction). A 16-year veteran as a woman in construction, Julie’s experiences and knowledge have proven to be invaluable to the women on WIC. Holding its first meeting in May, the group was formed to provide tools and resources for women to support one another in leadership growth within the company. The group meets monthly and covers various topics from “Self-Care” to “Appreciative Inquire,” a positive approach to problem-solving. The women of KGa look forward to seeing this group grow in the upcoming year.

KGa Opens Auto Shop & Institutes Safe Driver Award

In an effort to provide KGa drivers with top-notch service, the KGa Auto Shop was born. The auto shop will provide scheduled maintenance (like oil changes) and other various auto repairs. We can’t wait to see how this new endeavor grows in 2020.

To recognize and award safe driver, KGa instituted the Safe Driver of the Month program. Each month, a KGa driver is awarded based on their safe driving habits from the previous month. The winner is awarded an Amazon gift card and featured in the Safety Central Newsletter. We’re excited to see who will be the first to win in 2020!

KGa Collects Food to Benefit Blessings in a Backpack

Ending the year on a giving note, KGa collected food to benefit the local Blessings in a Backpack of Frederick County. The staff showed their true generosity and we were able to donate:

  • 293 cups of applesauce
  • 262 bags of Goldfish
  • 82 fruit cups
  • 510 pouches of oatmeal
  • 201 granola bars
  • 24 peanut butter cups
  • 178 cups of pudding
  • 158 boxes of mac-n-cheese

TOTAL: 1708 items!

We’re incredibly proud of the staff for participating in this great endeavor.

As 2019 comes to a close, KGa is excited to see what 2020 has in store! In the meantime check out KGa’s Year in Review slideshow here.