In November of 1973, the Hausers hired John Phillips, Sr. as their new territorial studio consultant for the Pittsburgh area. John quickly learned the business and very successfully represented the studio in the western Pennsylvania region. For John it was a family affair, as he often took his young son along and taught him about stained glass. His son, John Jr., rarely left his father’s side as he learned the stained glass business. John Jr. eventually came to work for his father, and later consulted for other studios and performed contract work for Willet Hauser®. In 1997, he and his wife Mary started their own stained glass studio, Associated Crafts®, which quickly grew to become one of the largest and most respected restoration studios in the nation.
In the fall of 2013, the Hausers decided to retire, and they contacted John Jr. Having known John Phillips Jr. since he was eight years old and having mentored him over the years and watched him grow in the industry, he fit the criteria.
Today John and Mary’s children J.W. and Shelby have also joined the business. J.W. serves as VP of Operations and Shelby serves as VP of Human Resources.