LEE & CATES GLASS: A HISTORY OF FIRST-CLASS SERVICE
Lee & Cates Glass, Inc. first opened its doors in 1926 as a service provider for the growing auto industry. Our founders, Thomas D. Lee, Sr. (right) and Raymond H. Cates (left) were brothers-in-law. (Mr. Cates was married to Mr. Lee’s sister.)
Both men moved their families from Georgia to Florida, where they opened the original Lee & Cates store on Adams Street in Jacksonville.
While both auto glass repair and replacement still represent a large percentage of our work, we’ve grown our company by providing many other types of glass-related products and services under the categories of auto glass, residential glass and commercial glass.
- Tub & shower enclosures
- Hurricane-resistant glass
- Storefront glass
- Power window & lock service
- Sliding glass doors
- New construction glazing
- Decorative glass
- Mirrored walls
Our current CEO and President, Tom Lee III, continues to run the company with the same values as his grandfather and great uncle. We’re confident that strong commitment to excellence and 100% customer satisfaction will carry us well into the 21st century.
About Our Logo
The Lee & Cates logo was created in 1975. The red, white, and blue colors were chosen to show our love for the United States. In our case, the red stands for desire and determination; the white represents honesty and purity; and the blue stands for our dedication and commitment to work.
The symbol in the center represents two ideas:
1) The two triangles - known as “push points” in the glass business - are materials used to install glass in wood sash windows.
2) Together, the triangles also represent an hourglass and the “sands of time.” This is a reference to the longevity of our company.
The logo also includes our founders’ names and the year we first opened for business. Thomas D. Lee, Sr. and Raymond H. Cates - pictured above in front of their original store at 503 West Adams in downtown Jacksonville - were two God-fearing men who built their company on the principles of honesty and determination, as well as a desire to succeed.
Those principles are what guide the management of Lee & Cates Glass to this very day.