The crew was extremely friendly and well mannered. Installation was so clean that we did not even have to do any touch up.
Builder Magazine writes about five housing trends shaping 2017 window design, including dark finishes for kitchen and bath hardware and appliances. Marvin’s introduction of dark window cladding finishes in suede, gunmetal, clay and bronze is highlighted. Other key trends include indoor/outdoor living, energy efficiency and more.
Read more on Builder.com.
Seasoned human resources executive joins team to drive long-term HR vision and strategy
WARROAD, MINN. – Dec. 12, 2016 – The Marvin Companies announced today the appointment of Krischelle Tennessen for the newly created position of chief human resources officer. In her new role, Tennessen is responsible for driving the company’s long-term human resources vision and strategy.
She will be based at the company’s Warroad headquarters and will report to Paul Marvin, president of the third- and fourth-generation family-owned and operated fenestration company. As chief human resources officer, Tennessen is charged with encouraging and facilitating a performance-based culture while working closely with the executive team to establish and implement leadership priorities for continued growth and innovation.
“Krischelle is an outstanding addition to our human resources team as we build upon The Marvin Companies’ rich legacy, organizational capability, proud culture and community commitment,” said Paul Marvin. “I look forward to collaborating with her to ensure successful implementation of our business strategy, as well as employee engagement and empowerment initiatives. We’re also pleased to welcome Krischelle and her husband, Scott, to the Warroad community.”
Most recently, Tennessen was senior vice president of grow people/human resources at Krause Holdings Inc., a West Des Moines, Iowa-based company with a large, diversified portfolio including the privately held, company-operated convenience store chain Kum & Go, as well as fuel and logistics company Solar Transport. She previously held senior human resources positions with Walmart in Bentonville, Ark., and both human resources and operations roles with Target in Minneapolis.
“I’m delighted to join a family-owned company that is led by people who place such a high value on honesty, hard work and service to the communities where their employees live and work,” said Tennessen. “The future of The Marvin Companies is bright, and I am looking very forward to joining a team that is committed to people and purpose – the true backbone of the company.”
A native of Minnesota, Tennessen holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Winona State University and master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Builder Magazine is looking forward to new building products across all categories scheduled to launch at the 2017 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
In this article, they review their seven “don’t miss” products, including the yet-to-launch Marvin Bi-Fold Door – bringing expansive views to homes with one of the widest panel doors in the industry. Visit Marvin Windows and Doors at booth W2529 at the show in January to be one of the first to see the new door.
Read more in Builder Magazine.
Energy efficiency and performance are discussed in the latest issue of PRODUCTS Magazine, in an article titled “Clear and Present: Energy Efficiency and Surging Interest in Modern Architecture Drive the Window Category.” Senior Manager, Group Product Management Kris Hanson talks about the market shift towards bigger glass and expansive views, and the Marvin Contemporary Studio is highlighted.
Read more in the latest issue of PRODUCTS.
In an article entitled “Windows to the Soul,” Church Designer Magazine features two stunning historic church renovations carried out with Marvin Windows and the talented craftspeople in our Signature Services division.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Potsdam, New York involved the complete restoration of 15 Gothic revival stained glass windows (no two were alike), and an oversized rose window requiring advanced computer-aided design to seamlessly recreate the original look and feel of the church. The Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, Connecticut is also featured – representing a significant remodel to preserve the church’s historic integrity.
Both are featured in an article in the November/December issue, read more in Church Designer Magazine.
Paul Marvin, President of Marvin Windows and Doors, has been named to the Twin Cities Business Magazine’s annual 100 People to Know. The list is comprised of insiders with the “insight, experience and savvy to observe, seek out, and learn from their example.”
The magazine’s editors sought out key individuals they expect to make an impact on local business, the regional economy, and quality of life in 2017.
Learn more about the award in Twin Cities Business Magazine.
A buildable lot on one of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes is the holy grail of real estate, but Ashii and Ippo Vrohidis managed to find just that — and build their dream home, despite a series of obstacles.
Ashii, a self-employed interior and architectural designer, had a clear vision about what kind of house she wanted: clean-lined and modern, with organic and industrial elements. “I wanted the house cut into the earth rather than sitting on top,” she said. And she wanted to make the most of the lake setting. “It’s beautiful every second of every day. I wanted to do the environment justice.”
The house is not large, about 2,500 square feet, but every space was designed to make the most of Lake Calhoun. Walls of glass — windows and sliding doors from Marvin Windows and Doors’ Integrity Wood-Ultrex line — frame expansive views of the lake.
Read more about this stunning home in the Star Tribune.
A Prefab Oasis in Palm Springs
Featured in Dwell
November 2016 issue
Longtime architectural partners Dwell and Turkel Design are launching a new project in a mecca for midcentury modernism – Palm Springs. The Dwell Prefab Palm Springs by Turkel Design both encapsulates the architecture of the region and provides a fresh take on its iconic attributes. The 2000-square-foot prefab is a courtyard home that opens to views of the sprawling San Jacinto mountain range while enjoying its own private pool-side oasis. Indebted to the balmy climate, the open plan enables a fluid interplay between indoors and outdoors.
For architect Joel Turkel, the city has special meaning: “There’s a long history of prefab architecture in Palm Springs which dates back to the ’30s and through every era. It’s a great place where a home of this nature is part of the architectural and lifestyle culture – there’s a certain vernacular we’re tying into.”
In a showcase of modern innovation, our brand partners Marvin Windows & Doors, Resource Furniture and The Modern Fan Company will outfit the space. Solutions like Marvin’s Ultimate Lift and Slide Door further the home’s goal of melding together interior and exterior space; an operable window at a window seat allows guests to take a perch by the breeze. With its multi-functional and transforming furniture, Resource Furniture allows the prefab to be creative and adaptable in its use of space. The Modern Fan Company, which has launched a new collaboration with Brazilian designer Guto Indio da Costa, will equip the residence with svelte ceiling fans – key for days when heat is blaring in Coachella Valley.
“The people and projects we’re working with really understand that we’re trying to take advantage of the climate, maximize the space, and introduce new products with a keen eye for simple signatures and visually minimal features,” says Turkel. An elegant expression of modern design principles, the home will provide the perfect backdrop for upcoming Dwell influencer events.
Learn more about the Prefab Palm Springs home on Dwell.
Marvin Windows and Doors of Canada has opened a one-of-a-kind showroom in Calgary. The experiential design center is the largest in the country, and the 6,500 sq. ft. space now acts as the new Canadian design destination. The showroom features curated collections of premier made-to-order wood and wood-clad windows and doors, acting as a design inspiration gallery and shining a spotlight on Marvin Windows and Doors’ most innovative products.
A two-day, invitation-only grand opening reception took place on November 8 and 9, welcoming industry professionals and guests of honor with personalized showroom tours and red carpet events, marking the official opening of Calgary’s newest design resource.
“We see the new Marvin design showroom as an opportunity to inspire and inform, and to create a completely immersive experience for our customers,” said Sherry Senecal, Business Development Director – Western Canada. “Seeing a picture of a product is one thing, but being able to touch, feel and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship firsthand changes everything. We’re thrilled to become immersed in the Calgary design and building community in an entirely new way.”
Learn more about Marvin Windows and Doors of Canada here.
Tucked away on Rehoboth Beach with a vista of pristine wetlands, this eco-friendly vacation home featured in Home & Design Magazine was designed with sustainability in mind. Along with geothermal heating and cooling, a high-performance building envelope and an energy-recovery ventilator to minimize costs, Integrity Windows provide natural ventilation throughout and the strong performance this home needs.
Read more in Home & Design Magazine.
Three Questions – Susan Marvin, Marvin Windows and Doors
Featured in Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal.
November 3, 2016
Susan Marvin, former president of Marvin Windows and Doors and now vice chairwoman of the company, was the keynote speaker at the recent Minnesota Manufacturer’s Summit in Bloomington, an event presented by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Marvin was president of the Warroad-based manufacturer for 20 years until resigning from the position earlier this year. After the speech, Marvin answered a few questions about her family’s business and how Marvin Windows is using technology to advance its manufacturing. Her answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
The family business survived not one, but two collapses of the American Economy. In both instances, the company did not lay off any employees. How proud are you of that accomplishment and how that resonated, not only with Minnesotans, but the country? It does resonate. We are not unique. Many companies either did it or tried to do it. If you really, truly value your workforce as your most valuable asset, the last thing you do is lay them off, and yet many companies go there first. We do value them as our greatest asset. Keeping people together and on the payroll and with medical benefits was a priority, and as long as we can do it, we are going to do it. It wasn’t without a little pain, but it was a challenge the entire family was proud of. M ore importantly…when you’re challenged as a company…if your employees are loyal to you and you are to them, you’re stronger.
Can you talk about staying in Warroad and knowing what the company means to the local economy? We do mean a lot to the local economy. Having said that, the community means a great deal to us. The location forced us to be innovative and some of these innovations became competitive strengths. That’s the number one reason for staying. The second thing is, these people we work with, they’re our neighbors, our friends and our classmates. If we pulled out – and they built the company – that just wouldn’t be right, because we feel they had a great deal to do with the success that we have today. The third thing is, there’s no question in my mind that a great deal of our success has been because of the people in that community. So why would we leave such a powerful part of our success?
How can Marvin use advances in technology to expand your product? We use robotics extensively in our factory. It’s made us more efficient. It’s allowed us to put out a better quality product. Virtual reality is going to be, I think, a big part of our future in helping us demonstrate products and its going to help consumers pick the right features. Big data is certainly being used to help us understand our customers better and what we need to do to be better competitors.
A 2016 Red Diamond Achiever award-winning project, Forest Walk project in Berwyn, PA by T.R. Moser of Moser Construction Management, LLC, was featured in Philadelphia Magazine. The project involved converting a Catholic grade school, built in 1925, to four residential condos with an underground garage. Integrity® All Ultrex® Double Hung Windows were the best option to recreate the style of window that was originally installed in the school. Philadelphia Magazine notes why and shares some of the project’s challenges:
“… Then there was the borough’s new adaptive reuse ordinance for older buildings, approved the year before Moser bought the school with projects like his in mind. Those high-tech windows played a key role in enabling Moser to proceed. They’re called Integrity All-Ultrex Double-Hung Windows, and they’re made from a proprietary process that creates extremely durable fiberglass frames that perform like new years longer than comparable windows. The double-paned windows were custom-made with simulated mullions that mimic the appearance of the building’s original windows, which the archdiocese had removed and replaced with large-pane windows with steel lintels. Moser removed those windows, put in steel cages to house the new ones, and inserted the new windows in the cages. Because they were custom-built to fit the openings, they created a seamless facade that matched the 1925 design.
‘When you drive by, they look like they’ve always been there,’ Moser said.”