Associated Crafts®, a stained glass company from Arizona founded by John Phillips Jr., a former salesman from Willet Hauser, acquired Willet Hauser. The two businesses have strong ties and rich histories, and the union is being hailed as a perfect marriage that will keep jobs in Winona.
“We are delighted that the Phillips family, whom we have known for over 40 years, will continue the traditions and legacy of the Willet and Hauser families,” said Mike Hauser.
Understanding the importance of community and wanting to keep jobs in Winona and Philadelphia, Willet Hauser’s two locations, the local bank was able to support this transaction.
“Winona National Bank is pleased to be an integral partner in this transaction. We are happy to bring another national company to Winona that is dedicated to keeping jobs in our community,” said Chad Andersen, AVP Business Banking Officer.
The Phillips family is looking forward to bringing together the heritage of the Willett Hauser brand with the innovation of Associated Crafts® to further service churches across the country and around the world. “It’s my pleasure for my family to continue our tradition of stained glass craftsmanship at Associated Crafts with the acquisition of Willett-Hauser Studios,” said John Phillips, CEO.
Willet Studios was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1898, while the Hauser Art Glass Company was founded in 1946 in Winona, Minnesota. The two united in 1977 as Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc., one of the largest stained glass studios in North America. Willet Hauser has focused on the stained glass needs of large churches and in public art projects. Willet Hauser has created and/or restored windows in over 15,000 buildings located throughout the world.
In 1974, it hired a salesman to service a territory of those churches. Eventually John Phillips, Sr. started his own company where his son learned the business. That son even worked with the Hausers at Willet Hauser. Nearly 20 years later in April 1997 that son, John Phillips Jr., formed Associated Crafts® in Arizona with his wife Mary Phillips, to become the fastest growing national stained glass studio specializing in preserving America’s art-glass heritage. Associated Crafts® has a national reach with operations in Arizona, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.