Fargo Glass & Paint Company History

Fargo Glass and Paint Company Founder E.J. Schonberg was fond of calling his company “The Friendly House.”  The son of Swedish immigrants, Schonberg founded the Fargo Plate Glass Company in 1917 with $10,000 of borrowed money and absolutely no experience in the glass business.

The brand new company announced itself to Fargo in an advertisement placed in the Fargo Forum on February 5, 1917.  The ad explained, “We know we’ll never get any more than we earn or deserve, and we expect to hustle for all we get!”

In 1919, the company changed its name to Fargo Glass Company, and in 1922, the name was changed once again – this time to the company’s current name: Fargo Glass and Paint Company.

With the notion that a company should be based on integrity, intelligence, and imagination, Schonberg’s “Friendly House” has grown into the largest business of its kind to be found between Minneapolis and Seattle.

Fargo Glass & Paint Company Today

Over the years, Fargo Glass and Paint Company has added new products and services to keep pace with an ever-changing marketplace.  We are a distributor of glass, mirrors, paint (and related accessories), floor covering specialty items, windows, doors, and siding.  Our contract glass division offers customers the experience, products, and personnel to install everything from high-rise curtain walls, storefronts, automatic doors & service, and the supply of door hardware. Our glass department also sells and installs a wide variety of shower enclosures.

Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Fargo Glass and Paint Company has a Millwork branch in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Contract Glazing branches in Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota to better serve customers in those areas.  We also own and operate a retail paint store in The Shoppe’s of Osgood is southwest Fargo.

We have long-term business relationships with some of the most trusted names in their respective industries.  Fargo Glass and Paint Company have been a Benjamin Moore distributor since 1917.

With a staff of 175, Fargo Glass and Paint Company is dedicated to service.  By operating our own fleet of trucks, our delivery is reliable and efficient.  Our ongoing training programs help our customers become more knowledgeable about our products; which has allowed them to feel more confident when they are using our products or selling our products to their consumers.  We’re here to help!

How We Go to Market

Distribution – We conduct our distribution business through a two-step model.  This means we resell the products we purchase from vendors and manufacturers to our dealer network.  These dealers then sell the products to the final end users who are typically DIY consumers, professional builders or independent contractors.  This two-step model allows Fargo Glass and Paint Company to service our dealer network through value-added services such as custom color paint mixing, pre-hanging of doors and windows, and custom painting and staining of doors & windows.

Contract Glass – We can deliver everything from plan take-offs and estimation to custom fabrication in our shops to the professional installation of the products by our installation crews.  We typically work directly with the end users who are general contractors, private sector owners, educational facilities, and city, state and federal government institutions.

Our Mission

Fargo Glass and Paint Company is committed to being the Premier source of building products and services for every home and business project – from start to finish – in the greater Midwest.