Winona, MN (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc. has been an innovative force with stained glass windows since the Willet Studios were founded in 1898. The newest breakthrough being incorporated today is the use of digital technology. Possessing one of the largest stained glass libraries in the world, Willet Hauser can utilize optical Internet technologies to leverage this information resource for both clients and public alike. But such innovation needs bandwidth and reliability.
HBC (Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc.) is a Winona-based company that was formed in 1997. HBC evolved as a successor to a cutting edge not-for-profit education initiative which connected Winona's community educational institutions to a fiber-optic network, transforming teaching and learning via the Internet.
Today, HBC helps foster economic advancement in communities throughout Minnesota with world-class fiber-optic technology for television, Internet and telephone services. More than 30% of the stock in HBC is owned by Winona area non-profit institutions. Anonymous benefactors purchased the stock for the community’s schools as the new HBC was organized, providing an important indicator of their commitment to “people before profit.”
Steven Garner, Technology Director for Willet Hauser, describes the company not just applying optical Internet for normal business uses such as email, web services, online database storage, and VoIP, but for connecting interested parties with its vast stained glass library resources in both Winona, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Optical Internet connectivity from HBC will enable Willet Hauser to continue at the forefront of the stained glass industry.” Optical Internet makes digitization of their stained glass library actually feasible.
[Pictured left-to-right: Garrick Holey, Darlene Schlesser, Leslie Elliot, Pam Hamre, Jeff Post, Greg Wigness, Dick Brang, Laura Jungerberg, Greg Kujak, Steven Garner, Jason Hewitt, Ron Prondzinski]