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FHC Makes Substantial Education Grant to Support Glaziers via NGA’s

Leading manufacturer and supplier to the glass and glazing industry renews commitment to support education and apprenticeship programs for all

NGA is pleased to announce that the Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) has committed to continue and increase generous support of glass and glazing industry education in 2023/2024 through, the leading provider of online glazier training.

D. J. Friese, Friese Foundation
D.J. Friese, Executive Vice President, FHC
Chris Hanstad, FHC
Chris Hanstad, President & CEO, FHC

Formed by industry veterans Chris Hanstad and Barry Sutherland, 
joined by Executive Vice President DJ Friese, FHC has positioned itself as a leading service-oriented, one-stop-shop for glazing contractors and fabricators. In line with its mission, the company has generously dedicated substantial funds to support educating the industry. To date, FHC remains the largest contributor to the NGA Foundation, which funds educational and technical content creation while enabling thousands of glaziers to enter and grow in the trade.

“Our business and this industry only work if we have glaziers in the game to keep glass in buildings,” says Chris Hanstad, president of FHC. “They are our livelihood and we’ll spare no efforts in equipping them to grow. We grow when they grow, and NGA’s education platform is the most impactful solution for us to get behind, support and realize that goal.”

“We are very thankful and humbled by the generosity of FHC,” says Nicole Harris, NGA president and CEO. “As a not-for-profit organization, we strive to empower and attract workers to our industry. I hope FHC’s generous support inspires others as we build this industry together.” offers over 100 courses for contract glaziers, full-service glass companies, glass and metal fabricators, customer service and sales reps, and business owners—over half of which are now available in Spanish. Courses are designed to complement—and shorten—companies’ hands-on training. also offers NGA Glazier Apprentice Curriculum for organizations and companies that want to establish a glazier apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. Students who complete the NGA Glazier Apprentice Curriculum will earn a jointly endorsed NGA/NCCER credential indicating a journeyman-level minimum competency reached through knowledge and performance. is also approved study material for AGMT (Architectural Glass and Metal Technician) Glazier Certification.


Frameless Hardware Company LLC (FHC) is a manufacturer and supplier to the glass, glazing, and fenestration industries. We provide a complete range of tools, supplies, and innovative architectural hardware for frameless shower doors, all-glass entrances, aluminum storefronts and entrances, architectural railings, and transaction windows.

As a privately owned, American based company, our mission is built upon the core principles of customer service, product innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Our products, services, and ethics are backed by a team of highly knowledgeable industry veterans that effectively combines technical competency, product expertise, and small business ideologies.