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Led by Linda Vos-Graham since 2002, Vos Glass Inc.’s commercial projects have been honored with awards of excellence for eight of the past 10 years. These include some of the most prominent projects in the area: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Calvin College Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, DeVos Place, Steelcase Learning Center, Van Andel Institute and Lacks Cancer Center. Vos Glass also has won numerous safety awards from the National Associated Builders & Contractors.
The judges commented that Vos-Graham owns a business in a non-traditional and sometimes discriminatory field for women, and noted her 25-year sustained and innovative leadership in an industry heavily impacted by the recession.
For those reasons and more, Vos Glass earned recognition as the area’s Top Women Owned Business in the $7 million and above revenue category.
“Participating in the community and construction industry is rewarding,” Vos-Graham said. “I would like to believe my business success and leadership are an example that encourages other women to consider construction-related careers.”
Vos Graham was the first female president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan and just recently ended her term as the group’s past president. She also was the founding president of the Michigan Glass Association and has served on the board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan. U.S. Glass Magazine recently listed Vos Glass as one of the top 10 woman-owned glazing contractors in the country.
While the accolades are significant, Vos-Graham said the achievement of which she is most proud came during the Great Recession: “Successfully leading Vos Glass through the economic downturn, providing for over 50 employees and their families.”