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Bi-Fold Door in Hospitality Trendz

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:10


The Marvin Ultimate Bi-Fold Door is featured in Hospitality Trendz magazine as an option for bringing expansive walls of moveable glass into any project.

Read more on page 53 of Hospitality Trendz.

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East Hampton Home Updates

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:15


A post-modern home on the shores of Long Island gets a functional makeover that includes Marvin Casement windows to give the glazing a more square and horizontal appearance.

Read more and see images in Interiors Magazine.

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Remodeler's Choice: Marvin Double Hung

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:55

The Marvin Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window was featured in the September issue of Qualified Remodeler as one of the products with the most inquiries on in the past month.

Read more on page 82 of Qualified Remodeler.

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Reinventing a Style Misfit

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:31

A 1970s split-level gets a curb-appeal boost in This Old House’s “Photoshop Redo” section, featuring Marvin’s Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window.

See more in This Old House.

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Susan Marvin on MPR News

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:49


Susan Marvin speaks at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict about purpose, values, and the importance of reputation – saying honor in business isn’t dead. Marvin’s speech was part of the Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture series.

Listen to the full speech on MPR News.

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West Coast Meets East Coast

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:49


West Coast style meets East Coast beach house in this modern interpretation that features Marvin windows and breathtaking views in the latest issue of DESIGN New England Magazine.

Read more and see the rest of the project starting on page 108 in DESIGN New England Magazine

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Historic Virginia Bank-Barn

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:23


Home & Design Magazine features a new construction inspired by historic bank-barn stylings. The Unique weekend retreat on a Virginia horse farm features an impressive wall of Marvin windows to satisfy the owners’ desire to bring the light in.

Read more in Home & Design.

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Aging in Place

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:14



Old House Journal reviews new designs, products and adaptations that help homeowners stay in their houses for as long as they’d like, including Marvin’s high-performance, low profile sill for easy transitions from the house to the outdoors.

Read more in Old House Journal.

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Multifamily Dwelling Opens in Hoboken

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:07


Jersey Digs covers the soft opening of a new option for Hoboken home seekers, a new multifamily dwelling with high-end amenities and Marvin windows.

See the renderings on Jersey Digs.

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JB Sash & Door's New Showroom

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:03


Boston Magazine profiles JB Sash & Door’s brand new Marvin Window and Door showroom in Chelsea, Massachusetts, creating a whole new way to explore how windows can feel inside a home.

Read more in Boston Magazine.

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Historic Steam Plant Becomes Music Center

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:58

When it comes to the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center, there’s “adaptive reuse projects,” and then there’s converting elements of a 19th century steam plant into a 22,000-square-foot campus performing arts center, including the addition of new Marvin windows, without toppling a beloved 100-year-old smokestack.

Read more in School Construction News.

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5 Ways to Talk Replacement

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:44


Kris Hanson authors an article for the Qualified Remodeler Magazine audience on how to approach homeowners who are embarking on the replacement process. He outlines tips and tricks to put the homeowner at ease while setting a clear course to professional success.

Read the full article in Qualified Remodeler.

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Brooklyn Brownstone with Marvin Windows

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:41


In this gut renovoation of a Brooklyn row house, Marvin windows with black aluminum cladding and an Oak interior complement the mix of contemporary and original details.

Read the article and see the photo gallery in Brownstowner.

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The Latest in Door Trends

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:37


In an article for ProSales Magazine and featured in Custom Home Magazine, Kris Hanson offers commentary on changing consumer preferences for doors, and the trend towards bigger, more expansive doors.

Read the full article in Custom Home.

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Star Tribune: Marvin Sets Path to Growth

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:35

Aggressive growth goals set for Marvin windows and doors

Fourth generation of leaders bring new perspective to business. 

 By Dee DePass Star Tribune

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 — 10:39AM

WARROAD, MINN. – If you live in the Twin Cities, the home business is booming. Builders are being issued permits in levels not seen in more than a decade.

However, those numbers are not the same across the country. U.S. housing starts are just half what they were before the Great Recession, said Paul Marvin, who took the helm earlier this month at the family’s window and door business.

The industry is “good, not great,” Marvin said at a recent interview at the Marvin Cos. headquarters campus in Warroad, a small town near the Canadian border. “It’s been a long, slow recovery. It’s surprising just how slow and how long a recovery it’s been. It’s an interesting time for me to come on as CEO.”

Undaunted, Paul Marvin has set an aggressive goal to grow the company’s annual sales by an average 10 percent. “It won’t be easy,” he said. He doesn’t favor lowering prices. To grow, Paul Marvin envisions a future in which the company pursues new product innovations, “value-added adjacencies” and previously rare acquisitions.

His goal is to bolster Marvin’s well-hewn reputation for high design and customized products. Two years ago, Marvin Cos. bought TruStile, a maker of custom creative ­interior doors. Unlike the hollow doors sold in hardware stores, TruStile’s doors are high end and made of leather, suede, mirrors and barn wood among other materials.

“We won’t start buying golf courses. And we will stay centered around the housing industry,” said Marvin, who at 42 is the first of the fourth generation to be CEO of the nearly 6,000-employee company. “Still, some things will have to change.”

Michael O’Brien, president of Window and Door Manufacturers Association, said Marvin’s fourth generation of leaders — which includes Paul, his three siblings and seven cousins — will face challenges.

The entire homebuilding industry is wrestling with labor and land shortages, untapped social media strategies and the nation’s growing demand for “smart house” technologies, he said.

Still, O’Brien is hopeful. Marvin’s new leaders will “bring a new perspective and a new energy to the industry that we all benefit from. The Marvins have always been very involved in this industry,” which generates about $23 billion in U.S. sales each year.

The change in perspective is welcome, said Chairwoman Susan Marvin, granddaughter of founder George Marvin who served 20 years as president of the company. “When I joined the company it had one location and a few hundred employees.”

Today, there are 12 plants, more than 5,500 employees and customers across North America and countries including Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and Japan.

“That requires a different kind of leadership,” Susan Marvin said. The new generation already has started to change the culture.

The company is more open to acquisitions, she said, after the TruStile consolidation went smoothly. TruStile “makes things that make you say, ‘Wow! We’d like to do more of that,’?” she said.

Plus, change is happening more quickly and there’s a bigger willingness to try new things, said Christine Marvin, the new CEO’s cousin and director of corporate strategy and design.

Marvin recently launched exclusive partnerships with the PBS series “This Old House” and Dwell Magazine. For the 2017-2018 season of “This Old House” that begins airing in November, Marvin is making all the replacement windows and doors for a 108-year-old house in Massachusetts.

Dwell Magazine has partnered with designers and architects on a line of designer prefab homes in California and other spots across the country, all with Marvin windows and doors.

“We are going to be evolving … and breaking barriers,” Christine Marvin said. It will be important to “exercise [our] creative muscles to the max.”

The company also is changing its physical space to stress innovation, she said. It will soon be tearing down walls, lowering cubicle heights and redesigning office space in the Warroad headquarters and its offices in Eagan. The investment should spur impromptu meetings and better staff communication.

Managers are hosting new cross-department employee meetings and arranging for focus groups with window dealers, builders, trades specialists and homeowners. The goal is to spur fresh ideas for better processes, designs, products and growth.

“Everyone came to the table with such different perspectives. That was such a moment of value,” Christine Marvin said. “That diversity of cross-collaboration will give us the potential to solve problems, … learn how to get our brand in front of customers and how to better support our dealers and architects. It’s an exciting time.”

Yet while the changes put in place will help, existing homebuilding trends will continue to drive growth near term.

Right now, U.S. builders, home buyers and businesses are big fans of black window and door frames. And they are increasingly in love with massive windows and doors.

For an example, just stroll into Surly Brewing in Minneapolis. Its mammoth wall of sliding glass doors were built by Marvin. The giant doors easily glide open, neatly collapsing into a hidden pocket wall.

“That trend is growing,” Paul Marvin said. “It started out west in California and is spreading east” as advances in energy efficiency and building codes allow for much more window glass in homes and businesses.

“Once where a ribbon of windows would go into a house, there is now a ribbon of doors,” he said. “We used to have a ratio of 10 windows to every door in a house. Now we have six windows for every door. The windows are getting bigger and more doors are replacing windows.”

On a recent Wednesday, forklifts dashed around one of the Warroad factory floors as four workers bolted 10-foot panes of glass into casement frames and deftly attached hinges, handles and latches. Each window was headed to a specific customer.

“We don’t mass produce,” said curriculum design specialist KarLynn Erickson, while escorting a group past the workers to the loading dock, where completed cathedral-domed windows and towering three-arch doors rested waiting to be packed into semis.

In the building next door, plant manager Forrest Cole stood on a platform overlooking the beehive of woodworking taking place below him. He took it all in and smiled. He’s been at Marvin for 40 years and has never seen anything like the trend that has kept his crew hopping for the past two years.

“The size of the openings has gotten so big,” Cole said.

 It’s good news because it means more full-time work for day and night crews. That is a welcome relief from recession days when Marvin had to reduce worker hours, company officials said.

 The recession deepened workers’ loyalty to the company, Paul Marvin said. The company cut hours but did not lay off any employees. That ensured that the staff retained their health insurance and other benefits.

 Today, attrition is low, Paul Marvin said. “We have a long-standing history of taking care of our stakeholders.”

Read the full article in the Star Tribune. 

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Star Tribune: Marvin Names New CEO

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:42

Marvin windows and doors manufacturer names new CEO

The family-run business had a humble start in Warroad and is now an industry behemoth. 

By Dee DePass Star Tribune

Family-owned Marvin Cos. has named Paul Marvin its chief executive effective immediately, officials announced Thursday.

Paul Marvin, 42, is currently president and succeeds his uncle, John W. “Jake” Marvin, as CEO. As such, he becomes the first among the fourth generation of family members to take the helm of the window and door manufacturer that was founded in northern Minnesota 105 years ago.

Today, the company boasts nearly 6,000 employees, 12 facilities in the United States and Canada and revenue of $600 million to $1 billion a year.

“I’m energized and inspired by this new opportunity to serve the company. Our purpose is to enrich the spaces where we live and work, and our future is to deliver on that purpose in new ways,” said Paul Marvin during an interview Wednesday at the headquarters in Warroad, Minn., a campus that sits 6 miles from the Canadian border and has seven factory buildings spanning 2.2 million square feet.

Paul, son of retired company President Frank Marvin, grew up working at the window factory during high school and college.

After college, at age 23, he founded a school bus company in Minneapolis that started with one bus and ended with 20 buses and 20 employees. He sold the bus business in 2006 and returned to Marvin Windows, where he became a marketing and operations analyst. He went on to become the manager of wood products, director of materials and then head of sales.

On Jan. 1, 2016, he was named president, gaining responsibility for prominent product brands Marvin, Integrity and Infinity.

The father of six — and one of 11 siblings and cousins comprising the fourth generation — admitted being slightly uncomfortable capturing the spotlight. The emphasis, he said, should be on family members who brought the company and himself to this point.

“It’s not about me. We will continue to lead as my great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncles and aunt did: by keeping our customers, employees and communities at the center of our work,” Paul Marvin said. “The secret sauce of a family business is that you can’t do it alone.”

Jake Marvin, who has been at the company for 43 years, isn’t retiring completely. While stepping down as chairman and CEO, he will become a vice chairman of the board.

Susan Marvin, current vice chairwoman and a 35-year company veteran, will become chairwoman of the board of directors. She was president of the company until 2016, when Paul Marvin took over.

“I am very confident and very excited and very proud of this transition,” she said. “Paul is a great leader. And this entire fourth generation has so much talent. They have good compasses and seem to have totally embraced the values and purpose of the company. They are excited about carrying the company forward.”

George Marvin, another third-generation family leader, will continue his 45-year tenure and also serve as a vice chairman of the board.

Paul Marvin said that day-to-day business activities will be largely overseen by himself, his brother Dan, vice president of business development; and his cousin Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy.

Only 3 percent of U.S. companies survive to see a fourth generation of family members assume a leadership role, “so it is an honor to carry on the family’s legacy,” Paul Marvin said. His goal is to ensure that Marvin Cos. remains a family-owned business making custom, design-conscious products for the home.

His focus will be on growth, he said. The question is how. The window and door industry is growing, but at far from warp speed.

Dashing between automated saws, conveyor belts and towering stacks of wood inventory, Paul Marvin said he gains clarity during morning runs and is determined to continue helping the business give back to employees, their families, the community and an army of dealers, architects and suppliers.

The leadership changes announced this week are part of a five-year transition plan, said Jake Marvin in a statement.

Back in 1912, Paul’s great-grandfather and Jake’s grandfather, George Marvin, started a tiny lumberyard and cedar company in what later became known as “Hockeytown USA.”

Years later, George’s son, the charismatic William S. “Bill” Marvin, expanded the small business into a national manufacturer of custom windows and doors.

Bill, who died in 2009 at 92, groomed his four children — Susan, Jake, George and Frank — to take over the business. In noting that it’s time to once again pass the mantle, Jake said he has full confidence in Paul.

“Paul has demonstrated extraordinary leadership abilities at Marvin,” Jake Marvin said. “In the short time since he became president, he has identified new ways of delivering value in a fast-paced market while staying true to our purpose. He is positioning the Marvin Companies not only for today, but also for the future.”

Read the full article in the Star Tribune


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Paul Marvin Named CEO of The Marvin Companies

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:31


Board of Directors Hails New Generation of Innovation as Paul Marvin Takes on New Leadership Role in Family-Owned and Operated Company

WARROAD, Minn. August 25, 2017 — Paul Marvin, president of Marvin Windows and Doors, today assumes the position of chief executive officer for The Marvin Companies. With the promotion, he becomes the fourth CEO in the family-owned and operated company’s 100+ year history.

Paul Marvin is the first of the fourth generation within the Marvin family to hold the top post at The Marvin Companies. He was named president of Marvin Windows and Doors on Jan. 1, 2016, after serving as vice president of sales, along with other roles within the company. His promotion to CEO, in addition to continuing to serve as president, caps a steady track record of success over the course of 11 years.

“I’m energized and inspired by this new opportunity to serve the company. Our purpose is to enrich the spaces where we live and work, and our future is to deliver on that purpose in new ways,” said Paul Marvin. “To do so, we will continue to lead as my great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncles and aunt did: by keeping our customers, employees and communities at the center of our work.”

Paul Marvin’s expanded position is the culmination of a five-year transitional plan approved and overseen by current CEO John W. “Jake” Marvin and The Marvin Companies board of directors. As part of the plan, it was also announced that Jake Marvin, board chairman and a 43-year veteran of the company, will step down to become vice chairman; Susan Marvin, current vice chairman, will take on the role of chairman and will leverage her 35 years of experience at Marvin, including more than 20 years as president, to preside over The Marvin Companies board of directors; and George Marvin, another third-generation family leader, will continue his 45-year tenure with the company as vice chairman of the board.

“Paul has demonstrated extraordinary leadership abilities at Marvin. In the short time since he became president, he has identified new ways of delivering value in a fast-paced market while staying true to our purpose,” said Jake Marvin. “He is positioning The Marvin Companies not only for today, but also for the future — with an unwavering commitment to innovation and fulfilling our family’s promise to provide exceptional products and service to our customers and to support the communities in which we live.”

Continued Paul Marvin, “As our teams look to the years ahead, we also honor the legacy of the leaders that preceded us, including my uncle Jake Marvin. His thoughtful, steady and decisive guidance paved the way for new approaches that led to the betterment of the company and further support of our stakeholders and the community.”

Over the course of four decades, Jake Marvin served in a variety of leadership positions for the company, including vice president of manufacturing and operations, CFO, COO and president. For the past 17 years he has served as CEO and chairman of the board of the Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, and since 2007, was chair of the board of The Marvin Companies.

“With Jake’s leadership, The Marvin Companies have thrived,” said Susan Marvin. “His vision, guidance and partnership — especially during challenging times — have been incredible assets to our company, and we will continue to work with his guidance in mind, namely by doing the right thing, even if it is also the hard thing.”

Honoring a legacy of innovation

Paul Marvin’s appointment as CEO coincides with what would have been the 100th birthday of William S. “Bill” Marvin, who spurred the transformation of a hometown lumber and cedar company in Warroad, Minn. into what we now know as Marvin Windows and Doors.

“There are so few U.S. companies that make it to the fourth generation of family leadership — less than 3 percent, in fact — that it is an honor to carry on the family’s legacy. More than 100 years later, we are well positioned as we celebrate the successes of the third generation, advance the leadership of the fourth and engage the talents of fifth,” concluded Paul Marvin.

For more information on The Marvin Companies, visit

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Lake Cottage in Traditional Home

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:43


Traditional Home Magazine features formal, casual and Americana style in a Lake Muaxincukee cottage in northern Indiana with large Marvin windows to take in their beautiful lake view.

Read more and see the slideshow in Traditional Home.

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Midwest Home Features Edina Retreat

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:38


Midwest Home Magazine features a new-build in Edina, Minneapolis that takes advantage of its sloped, wooded site with rooms that afford a view, like the “Minnesota Room,” a porch-like space with a lofted ceiling and Marvin Double Hung windows and sliding doors.

Read more and see the slideshow in Midwest Home.

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Fire Island Getaway in Coastal Living

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:41


An earthy Fire Island cottage with Marvin windows uses Marvin Ultimate Double Hung windows to frame a water view in this month’s issue of Coastal Living.

Read more in Coastal Living.

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