SnapCab and Glenn Bostock’s Remarkable Success Journey
It is a story of compelling inspiration, of the power of hope and positivity and a true lesson in perseverance, not just for other entrepreneurs, but for anyone striving to better their circumstances and their lives.
The story of SnapCab® is the story of Glenn Bostock and how he took advantage of every opportunity thrust his way, made many more of his own opportunities and did not allow negativity, a rough experience in school and the prospect of failure to deter him from maximizing his potential and creating an innovative and successful business.
Originally from the United States, Bostock married a Canadian girl, and throughout the history of his entrepreneurial career, which is now at 35 years as of 2018, he always hoped to be able to move to Canada – particularly the Kingston area of Eastern Ontario – and open a business here.
SnapCab manufactures panels to refurbish the interiors of elevators (SnapCab Elevator), boasting a client list that is the who’s who of elevator builders in North America, as well as hundreds of independent elevator maintenance firms. More recently, SnapCab has used the same process and philosophy behind their elevator cab kits to create enclosed stand-alone quiet spaces (SnapCab Pod) for office environments where privacy and focus is needed. And, continuing to take advantage of opportunities that come the company’s way, SnapCab is also working with Corning® Gorilla® Glass to create architectural glass walls (SnapCab Wall) and multimedia walls (SnapCab Portal) for buildings throughout North America.
The power of threes
Innovative partnership between ETI, Panasonic and SnapCab result in great potential for themed entertainment. On the face of it, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between ETI, Panasonic and SnapCab. But the three companies have come together with an idea already taking root in the business world, with hopes of inspiring creative designers to develop new themed entertainment applications. The concept is based on the SnapCab Pod – a modular office space designed by Glenn Bostock. Originally a cabinet maker by trade, Bostock started remodeling elevators in the Philadelphia area. He started using Corning’s Gorilla Glass product inside elevators to provide a sleek modern feel. A colleague then recommended he take the idea of an elevator interior and turn it into a multipurpose moveable mini conference room, and the SnapCab idea was born.
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In open office environments, it can be difficult to find quiet places to have one-on-one meetings or just private phone conversations. The Snapab Pod gives you a place to conduct these activities that’s not only private but movable. Utilizing a patented system of panels that interlock, the Pods offer loads of opportuities for customization.
The Office Space of the Future
With new workspace offerings featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass, collaboration is coming to an office space near you! The workplace is getting a makeover. With the advent of digital technology and seamless connectivity, your traditional office environment is a soon-to-be distant memory. Say goodbye to cubicles. Modular workspaces and collaborative surfaces that can accommodate one person to multiple people for an impromptu meeting, phone call, or brainstorm session are becoming the hub of productivity. And Corning® Gorilla® Glass is at the center of this collaborative-oriented workspace environment. For nearly four years, Corning has worked with SnapCab®, a paneling system company, to develop office spaces of the future. Leveraging the benefits of Gorilla Glass, SnapCab has been designing products for a variety of interior applications, which now include their Pod and Portal offerings.
Multimedia Walls and Moveable Meeting Spaces Maximize Space
SnapCab has announced the launch of two systems: the SnapCab Portal and the SnapCab Pod. Designed to help businesses and organizations maximize resources, space, and functionality, the Portal and Pod combine design, specification and assembly ease to offer solutions.
The SnapCab Portal enables clients to utilize their technology. The Portal features a 65-inch SUHD TV with Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology and 4K high definition. The entire surface is made of Corning Gorilla Glass and provides a whiteboard surface. It also boasts integrated speakers using Corning Gorilla Glass, full HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Customers can integrate the technology they want and need. Walls become interactive experiences.
From elevator interiors to open office and conference rooms SnapCab is changing the environment we work in.
In a luxury-seeking world, which one, you think, shall be preferred between an elevator and an umpteen number of stairs? I guess the former would get maximum vote for it personifies comfort, style and ease for every age group of people. Believing in providing outstanding quality, SnapCab, an architectural remodeling company has promised to deliver “quality, comfort and safety that resonates with every user. SnapCab was founded in 1998, and built its reputation on delivering modular elevator panels designed to allow customers to remodel an elevator cab in a day. The company has since expanded into the architectural market by providing innovative conference room collaboration products and quiet, stand-alone offices for open office floor plans.
SnapCab® to Launch Business-Enhancing Systems
SnapCab is excited to announce the launch of two versatile systems: the SnapCab Portal and the SnapCab Pod. Designed to help businesses and organizations maximize resources, space, and functionality, the Portal and Pod combine top-shelf design, easy specification, and fast assembly to offer simple, seamless solutions. SnapCab launched the Portal and Pod at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando in April and will exhibit the new products at NeoCon, June 12-14, 2017. SnapCab CEO, Glenn Bostock,
describes the Portal as an “intelligent, integrated multimedia collaboration wall with a whiteboard surface, the applications of which are virtually unlimited.” This platform enables clients to utilize their technology in a more efficient way. The Portal features a
65” SUHD TV with Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology and 4K ultra-high definition. The entire surface is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and provides a superior whiteboard surface.
In a Snap: Gorilla Glass May Be Coming to an Installation Near You
Last year at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention, elevator panel company SnapCab featured its then-new concept of decorative wall panels clad with Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Earlier this year at the 2016 AIA Show, that concept was put into practice at the company’s booth. In 2015, virtually SnapCab’s entire setup was regarding elevator interior systems, which has made up the bulk of its business over the last two decades. “But people were interested in the wall panels outside of the elevator, so we continued to pursue it,” says vice president of sales and marketing Caleb Morrison. “This year, I’d say 80 percent of our booth consisted of wall panels, to 20 percent elevator interior.”
SnapCab – Gorilla Glass, A Perfect Fit
Ask SnapCab Director of Architecture Evan Epstein to describe the growth of the elevator interior company’s collaboration with Corning Gorilla Glass (ELEVATOR WORLD, August 2014) in one word, and it is “explosive.” Cab panels made of the durable, versatile, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass (used for years to protect smartphones and tablets) are gaining traction among customers as they come to understand its benefits.
Going Up? Elevators Take Gorilla Glass to the Next Level
Watch just the first 60 seconds of Corning’s four year-old video “A Day Made of Glass,” and it’s clear the company envisions a future where its specialty glass is literally everywhere.
“When we talk to architects about the video, they’ll ask, ‘what’s real, and what’s in the future?’” says Keith Glovins, Corning’s commercial director of architecture. “We’re working really hard to make that the future. Smartphones and other touchscreen electronic devices make up the majority of the company’s thin Gorilla Glass product, but Corning is working to see larger lites of Gorilla Glass on interior walls throughout the country.
SnapCab Collaborates with Corning
Corning® Gorilla® Glass is a very tough, scratch-resistant glass that protects billions of smartphones and tablets, on dozens of major brands, from daily abuse, yet enables us to view high-definition pictures without distortion. The glass can flex without breaking and withstand impact from everyday occurrences. In short, it is the material of choice for tough, lightweight consumer electronics cover-glass applications. That same glass is now being used for interior architecture, including the walls of elevator cabs (ELEVATOR WORLD, April 2014). In its partnership with Corning, SnapCab, an elevator interior systems company, has begun installing Gorilla Glass panels in elevators and architectural surfaces. The partnership began when Corning identified SnapCab as able to produce a scalable manufacturing platform using Gorilla Glass.
Corning® Announces Commercial Agreement with SnapCab
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced a commercial agreement with SnapCab® Elevator Interior Systems for thin, lightweight, durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass. SnapCab will design Gorilla Glass into its modular wall-panel systems, which are used in residential and commercial elevators. The same Gorilla Glass that has helped protect handheld electronic devices will now be used in interior architecture to enable new lightweight designs for elevator cabs, lobbies, and conference rooms. “The benefits of Gorilla Glass now extend beyond consumer electronics to offer SnapCab and their customers a unique architectural product that will enable true color match,” said Henry Dunnenberger III, business director, Corning Innovative Glass Solutions. “Gorilla Glass is also lightweight, allowing new and refurbishment designs to operate within tight elevator weight budgets. And because our glass is highly scratch-resistant and durable, it can help protect modular wall systems from everyday bumps. We are excited to work on this opportunity with SnapCab.”
SnapCab Partners with International Company
Trespa® International, a multinational company based in the Netherlands, considered elevator interiors as a potential new market for its architectural panels in North America. Trespa representative BettyLynn Abercrombie went to the 2011 National Association of Elevator Contractors Exposition specifically to contact SnapCab® to see if they might form an alliance. “I read articles and talked to people inside the elevator industry, and it was apparent that the best match for our purposes was SnapCab,” she said.
When Glenn Bostock began a custom woodworking company in 1983, he had no idea that he would eventually revolutionize the elevator industry. But when he began creating customized elevator interiors for business clients, that’s exactly what he did. Gradually, Bostock and his team began to reach out to elevator maintenance companies to design and rebuild the elevator cab interior and the jobs started rolling in, then picking up speed. For years, the company only took on about one elevator interior job a month, because each job took such a long time.
Meeting the Elevator Interior Needs of Colleges and Universities
With more than 38,000 students on their 400-acre urban campus, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) administrators have turned to high-rise buildings to provide enough classroom and housing space to meet the needs of their growing student body. With college enrollment increasing 38% from 1999 to 2009 (from 14.8 million to 20.4 million), many other universities around the county have made similar decisions. This increase in students and faculty members places high demand on campus buildings and makes the job of maintaining elevators a high priority for facility managers responsible for getting students where they need to go in a safe and timely manner. UCLA facility managers are faced with high-traffic-volume buildings, the elevator interiors of which are often subjected to vandalism or unintended damage as students move their belongings in and out of a building.
LEED-ing to Green
Cara Furgiuele (CF) is a LEED-accredited registered architect who is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has been involved with sustainable design for the past 15 years. She received her LEED accreditation in 2008 and is currently on staff at SnapCab Elevator Interiors, an elevator cab interior manufacturer in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Your author (GK) spoke with Furgiuele about the LEED program and its impact on the elevator industry.
Smart Thinking Boosts Tiny SnapCab – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ever wonder what cabinets and cows have to do with elevators? Or heard of rewarding an employee who fouls up with a free trip to Hawaii? Then you’ve never heard Glenn Bostock recount his evolution from attention-deficient, dyslexic student with zero interest in classroom work to imaginative president of a small elevator interior remodeling company in Bucks County that has been on a phenomenal ride up with a unique patent.
SnapCab – Future 50
When I started in business as a proprietorship in 1983, my focus was on finely crafted wood work. In 1989, after several successful commissions, we added elevator interior work to our services. Over the next nine years, I realized there was a need for a systematic approach to remodeling elevator interiors.
SnapCab Grows in Difficult Times
SnapCab, located in Warrington, Pennsylvania, has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for the second year in a row. In an economy in which many businesses are struggling just to stay solvent, this accomplishment cannot be overstated. How did this 15-year old company become an overnight success story? The answer can be found with a look into SnapCab’s history.
The Way up for His Business Was via SnapCab’s Unique Niche – Philadelphia Business Journal
WARRINGTON — Glenn Bostock was working as a cabinetmaker in the early 1980s and getting paid poorly doing it when he decided to become his own boss. Bostock had been building things in his father’s basement since the age of 10 and figured at 23 years old he could make just as good a
living on his own with his skills. So, Bostock set up shop in a barn in Bucks County with a mud floor and a ceiling so low that he couldn’t fully appreciate the cabinets he made until he got them home and could tilt them upright.
Opportunities in Tough Times
New cab remodeling systems on the market have opened up a new source of revenue for enterprising elevator maintenance companies. It is profitable work, keeps mechanics busy and keeps potential competitors out of their buildings. How can you take advantage of these new systems? First, take a look at why building owners remodel their elevators.
SnapCab Shows Off New Manufacturing Process
SnapCab’s booth project for the National Association of Elevator Contractors 61st Convention and Expo had a touch of humor that helped the morale of and energized the company’s workforce. With a little inspiration from a fragrance ad, Glenn Bostock, SnapCab founder and president, and Caleb Morrison, general manager, conceived the “bottomless cab” for the company’s booth at the September 27-30 show in Cincinnati.
SnapCab Creates New DVD, Expands Line of Elevator Interiors
Glenn Bostock, who developed Bostock’s SnapCab elevator interiors,has introduced a new instructional DVD that, among other topics, trains installers how to handle the specialized art of cladding. Cladding is the covering of the front panels of an elevator, usually with stainless steel. The video addresses obstacles that occasionally deter elevator maintenance companies from taking on cab remodeling.
SnapCab Grows Greener
SnapCabTM is adding a broad line of “eco-friendly” elevator cabs and ceiling light options to their large selection of interiors and ceilings. Elevator professionals can now help their customers add Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification points to cab construction or remodeling and contribute to the overall health of the environment. The new cab panels are designed and constructed from environmentally positive materials.
New Trend Creates Profits for Elevator Maintenance Companies
At one time, cab remodeling was the territory of a specialized group of cabinetmakers and carpenters. Today, providing this service is fast becoming a new source of profit for elevatormaintenance companies. Also fueling this trend are the new products on the market. SnapCab by Bostock is one
such product. It arrives at the site in one complete shipment – ceiling, panels, toe-kicks and pre-mounted pad hooks and handrails. Installation is less time consuming.
New Product, New Name, New Strategy
Successful products often evolve to a point where the original name no longer conveys the essence of the concept. That is the case with Bostock’s elevator cab modernization kits. The new name is SnapCab™ by Bostock, and the purpose of changing the name is to focus customer attention on the ease of installation. A typical installation takes less than one day, and the installation team requires no previous experience. According to Glenn Bostock, company president, SnapCab installation is “a snap.”