About Us


Ed Orning was an architecture student at Iowa State University, and when he graduated, he bought a company that made horse harnesses and building awnings in 1928. However, there wasn’t a huge demand for horse harnesses anymore, and in 1931, Ed changed his business name to “Orning Glass and Awnings.” The company dropped “and Awnings” in the 1950s or ’60s, and we’ve been Orning Glass Company since.

Our current owner, John Scheppler, was a traveling consultant for years when he decided it was time to put down roots and spend more time with his family. John’s father-in-law, Bill Allen, a home builder in Ames, went to grade school with one of Orning’s previous owners, Junior Thrasher, and worked with Orning Glass for many jobs. When Junior and his co-owner were reaching retirement age, Bill set up a meeting between them and John, who has now owned Orning since 1997.

Meet the Experts

John Scheppler


After building a successful career in the corporate world, John recognized the importance of supporting the central Iowa community. He has more than 20 years of experience in the glass industry.

Amy Theilen

Project and Office Manager

Amy joined Orning Glass shortly after John bought the company, and she has been keeping his brain organized ever since. She oversees office functions and is the project manager on commercial jobs.

Bryan Hilsabeck

Field Manager

Bryan has over 25 years of experience in the glazing industry, and he spent much of that time with Orning Glass. He oversees and coordinates commercial projects.

Jamie Frame

Office Staff Manager

Jamie joined the team in 2017 and is likely the voice you hear when you call the office. She handles daily office functions and oversees our residential projects.


Contact us with any questions you have about our services and what we can do for you.