Mr. Stephen Gilchrist

Stephen Gilchrist started GMI with partner James McDonald.  Stephen takes a hands-on role in the company and commits to delivering every project on-time & on-budget.

Mr. James McDonald

James McDonald is a co-founder of GMI and is responsible for many roles in the organization, from estimating to project management. James can also be found out in the field lending a hand to the crews as needed.





GMI Contractors, Inc. is a union architectural glazing contractor that has enjoyed many years of success, having completed hundreds of projects with the area’s top construction management firms, general contractors, building owners and architects.

GMI Contractors is an architectural glazing contractor that provides services in design, consultation, budgeting, engineering, complete furnishing and installation of all glazing systems as well as historical window restorations. GMI Contractors offers a recognized specialty in window glazing for high-rise buildings.

Incorporated in 1994 in Pennsylvania, GMI Contractors was formed by James McDonald and Stephen Gilchrist just one year after the duo completed a four-year apprenticeship program in the Glaziers Union Local 252. GMI Contractors is a hands-on company due in large part to the experiences of the owners. McDonald and Gilchrist started out as union glaziers and worked for a variety of glazing companies before completing their apprenticeship programs and starting their own business. They are hands-on from start to finish — from working with estimators, project managers and project foremen to field glaziers. This approach creates an ownership mentality for the entire staff. Everyone works equally hard to deliver the best possible product and customer service.

Since GMI Contractors’ inception, its focus has been to develop great relationships with clients by providing excellent work and service. “We have developed great relationships with clients and project architects via our willingness to help in the beginning stages of a project with design, budgeting and value engineering even though we may not get the final contract,” says McDonald.

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