Three decades, three generations

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Terrific Team: The team from Cessnock Glass (from left to right) - Emma, John, Jim, Matt, Taylah, Michael, Nancy, James and Dave. Absent - Nelson. Photo: Jye Metcalfe.

Terrific Team: The team from Cessnock Glass (from left to right) - Emma, John, Jim, Matt, Taylah, Michael, Nancy, James and Dave. Absent - Nelson. Photo: Jye Metcalfe.

For over 30 years Cessnock Glass has been servicing Cessnock and the surrounding region with their glass needs. Business Manager, Emma Copas, said the family owned and operated business has strong local ties dating back to 1986. 

“My grandparents George & Robyn Copas started the business basically in their back shed. It has continued to grow with my father Dave Copas taking over 10 years ago and now there is myself, my brother James and my aunt Nancy, all working within an amazing team of ten,” she said.

The third generation family business has over 60 years of combined experience between them. Emma said their success lies in a number of areas but certainly the strong team effort from the first phone call to the final, installed product, was vital.

“This is a job where everyone needs to work together to make things happen and get the best results for us and our customers,” she said.

With school leavers focusing on trades, there are plenty of plumbers, builders and electricians in the Hunter, however there’s a shortage in the glass industry.

New Location: The new showroom at Cessnock Glass is modern, sophisticated and spacious. Photo: Jye Metcalfe.

New Location: The new showroom at Cessnock Glass is modern, sophisticated and spacious. Photo: Jye Metcalfe.

Cessnock Glass have had four people come through and complete their Certificate III in Glass and Glazing, with Emma saying that both the individual and the business benefited. “It helps us to train and provide jobs for locals, and give them a career for life, while we gain hard working, fully trained and qualified staff,” she said.

The professional and friendly team looks after private and commercial customers, offering a complete range of glass products ranging from splash backs and shower screens to windows, pool fencing, and more.

Emma said that another key factor in their success was the support they gave and received from the community. “We have a lot of clients locally who really support each other. We rely on everyone in our region to help make our business successful, which is great because our community is close knit and they have supported us for over 30 years, which we are grateful for,” she said. “We also help out around the community, being part of local projects, along with sponsoring the Cessnock Rugby League, and up and coming professional boxer Troy O’Meley of Total Fitness Gym”.

The local business has recently moved locations and is now situated at 9 Church Street, Cessnock. Emma said the reason behind the move is they have been gradually expanding with more staff, more products and servicing more areas like Central Coast, Newcastle & Port Stephens. “We needed a bigger premises to allow the space to grow,” she said. “The new showroom is modern, sophisticated and we invite everyone to come down to say hello and check it out”.