Matheson’s Glass, Screen, Window & Door was started in 1954 as a hardware business. If you grew up playing hockey in the area, you were probably a customer of theirs. “I remember going there to get my skates sharpened and we would always buy a couple of sticks for the season as well,” says customer Tom Fisher. The business was purchased by the Ross family in 1986. In 2002, they exited the hardware business to specialize in glass and screen repair. The Gelinas family bought the business in 2004 and started to offer additional services. The company is currently owned by Kevin Gelinas and his son, Steve.
They are located at 134 East Street North. Two years ago, they built a new showroom and shop; the original hardware store was located in a building to the north of the current location. “We used to have the store and a separate storage location. Now everything is under one roof,” says Steve. Both he and his father have always been hands-on construction guys. “I learned a lot from my Dad growing up. He was skilled at a lot of different things,” he explains. After purchasing the business, they started selling and installing new windows and doors, eavestroughs, soffits, facia and siding. They sell Dashwood Windows which are made in Canada. The company started in 1928 and is located just outside of London. “They are the oldest window manufacturer in Ontario and they produce a great product.”