It all started in 1954 when a man named John Chandler founded J.L. Chandler Company in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
It was a modest company specializing in store fronts, glass & glazing and mirrors. Together with his foreman Alden Taylor, they created a company known for its fine workmanship and service. In 1956 the company was incorporated and Alden became part owner and in 1961, Alden’s youngest son Chick Taylor decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the company as a glazier.
The Chandler Company contined to grow and built a reputation based on impeccable workmanship, attention to detail and a dedication to service. In 1965, John decided it was time to retire and Chick Taylor purchased the company. Together, he and Alden put the company on track for the future. They grew the company to what is now known as Chandler Architectural Products and their projects grew larger and more complex.
In 1993, Chick brought in the next generation by hiring his son-in-law Andy Mele as a Project Manager. Andy brought years of managerial experience with him and a great vision for bringing Chandler into the 21st century. In 2010, Chick semi-retired and Andy became President of the company.
What began as a modest glass company is now one of the largest and most respected in the industry. We're proud to still be family owned and to be continuing the tradition of excellence that John, Alden and Chick started more than 60 years ago.