History of Eureka
From 1945 to 2023 – our 78th year in business – Eureka has continued to provide commercial glass and metal services with an emphasis on customer service.
In 1945, William Spivack founded Eureka Glass Works, Inc., a commercial glass installation sub-contracting firm. William built his reputation installing plate glass windows. He formed a strong relationship with Jack Kelly, Sr., founder of “Kelly for Brickwork” (and father of actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly). As Kelly built Northeast Philadelphia’s brick rowhomes, William followed along adding glass to the wood window sashes.
William’s son Melvin joined his father in 1947, and together they grew the business through the next three decades. In the 1960s, Eureka began fabricating and installing aluminum frames and doors. In the 1970s, business expanded throughout the Delaware Valley. Melvin shared William’s ability to build relationships. His friendship with Girard Bank led to numerous branch construction projects. When Girard introduced “George,” one of the country’s first automated teller machines (ATMs), Eureka developed an enclosure system of stock aluminum from which each of the revolutionary new cash-dispensing machines was clad.
In 1982, Melvin’s son-in-law Terry Webb joined the business and took the family’s penchant for service to a new customer, Commerce Bank. The bank, known for its bright red branding and convenient hours, was a 27-branch startup, but Eureka went on to install glazing for Commerce at over 700 new branches in seven states – and to renovate those first 27 buildings. Terry assumed leadership of the company in 1993, and in 1995, Eureka purchased the assets of Glass Services Unlimited and began performing service work. Since then, the rebranded Eureka Metal & Glass Services, Inc. has grown in the Delaware Valley and beyond, establishing relationships with architects and a portfolio of projects throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Southern Connecticut.
William, Melvin, and Terry shared an ability to relate to clients – appreciating their business concerns, valuing their financial goals, and creatively partnering to execute their design objectives with skill and craftsmanship. These principles guide the firm today and will continue to do so well into the future.