A new local Mom-and-Pop business
One of Home Page country's newest "Mom and Pop" businesses
is Generations Glass Etching in Mundys Corner at 174 Old Nanty Glo Road. Owned
and operated by Maureen and Bill Ola, the business was launched in June 2003 and
is a combined effort with Maureen doing the artistic planning and designing and
Bill doing most of the hands on labor.
|Maureen and Bill Ola|
The Olas use two methods of engraving. One is done
with a hand-held, high-speed, compressor-powered stylus that is 4000 times faster
then a Dremel engraving tool. The design is either applied free-hand or by the
use of a stencil. The other method is done by sandblasting away a special rubberized
film, leaving the intricate design behind.
The variety of objects that can be transformed by the
Ola's talent is almost limitless. "'If it can be put on paper, we can put it on
anything you have,' is our motto," says Bill. On display in their workshop were
several intricately decorated mirrors, glass goblets, even a garage sale-purchased
vase. Maureen and Bill have made items for Nanty Glo-Vintondale Rams Alumni from
the 1940s, and make items for fundraising and promotional projects. "We apply
school logos to various objects and give special prices to schools and in general
our prices are very reasonable," Bill said. "The most unusual item we've done
is an urn for holding cremated human remains," Maureen added.
variety of etched items
|An etching on a glass.|
"The Cambria County Fair was our coming out party,"
says Maureen, "And we've gotten a lot of positive feedback." Eventually, the Olas
hope to expand their operation to include more work in engraved sandblasted local
sandstone which, according to Maureen, is soft and easily tolerates the engraving
process. The Olas are also thinking about offering a wedding package in the future
which would include planning, engraved glasses, engraved picture frame for holding
a wedding picture, or invitation, and the rental of doves.
|Christmas scene on glass.|
Bill Ola is from Windber and has been a steelworker
and truckdriver. Maureen is a Jackson Township native and a drafter trained in
graphics and design. Married since 1994, both have grown weary of the local unstable
employment situation and decided to combine their talents and take the risk of
starting their own business. "We will succeed," says Maureen, "And we would like
to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ron Mahalko of Creative Graphics and Signs, who have helped
us a great deal with helpful information...they've been our primary mentors."
The Olas, will have their wares on display and for
sale at the St. John Vianny Craft Show October 11-12, Currently, the Olas depend
on word-of-mouth advertising, and hope to market their products via Internet sales
in the near future. Their business website can be found on the Brides to Be icon
on www.wjactv.com. They can be contacted at
Generations174@yahoo.com and at
The Nanty Glo Home Page wishes Bill and Maureen Ola
and Generations Glass Etching a prosperous future.
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