A Little Bit
Matrix Auto Glass has been serving the greater Tucson and Southern Arizona area for 18 years. The small business was founded in 2002 by Luis “Charlie” Corral, who still leads the business with his family today.
he Corral family moved to Tucson, Arizona from California in the 1970s when Humberto Corral (1935-2014), Charlie’s father, expanded his career in machining at the mines. Soon, his machining skills were so valuable and sought after that he grew his services into aerospace, serving companies like Boeing, Nasa, Sandia Laboratories, and Lockheed Martin – working on everything from rockets to nuclear power plants.
Charlie grew up around car parts and his father frequently included him in machining projects as a boy (lots of parts!). By 1990, Charlie and his family opened Desert Crank and Engine (formerly Desert Crankshaft Service), which was a strong local provider of machined engine parts and service. The operation provided over twenty (20) bays to service any type of vehicle, from commercial fleet to heavy construction rigs. The company grew to several million dollars in revenue, and expanded Charlie’s network greatly. Throughout those years, Charlie had the opportunity to serve nearly every large enterprise in Southern Arizona, including Border Patrol, the State of Arizona, City of Tucson, Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), Tucson Police Department (TPD), and even the tribal nations, to including the Tohono O’odham.
Charlie Corral and his father Humberto, at their former business, Desert Crank & Engine, in Tucson, Arizona.
We left the engine and automotive parts industry because we knew that the future was in glass. We also knew that we no longer wanted to be working with hazardous materials and gas motors, which are obviously hard on the environment.
Today, auto glass is growing with simply the increased amount of glass components in vehicles (beyond the windshield and windows). Many of these vehicles are also requiring more advanced integrated sensors, calibration, and more cautious and consistent installation. Matrix continues to keep up with the latest installation techniques, tools, and other various technical needs.
After raising his family in Tucson, Charlie is proud to enjoy his 3 wonderful children, 2 grandchildren, and his wife, Tina Corral. Tina runs 1st Impressions Day Care and Learning Center, an accredited preschool, which is 5-star rated, and located in central Tucson. Matrix Auto Glass has provided jobs to all three of his children, who are now alum of University of Arizona.
Luis “Charlie” Corral, Owner and Founder
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