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Marvin Windows and Doors Recognized as Most Ethical Large Company in the Country With 2014 American Business Ethics Award

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00

Marvin Windows and Doors was awarded the 2014 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals during an awards presentation on Tuesday in Warroad, Minnesota. Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.

“It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized on a national level for our commitment to doing the right thing for our employees, communities and customers,” said John W. “Jake” Marvin, Chairman and CEO of The Marvin Companies. “As my father once told me, a company is, plain and simple, people. It was how our company began, and it is the core purpose of our business today. Staying true to the values that have guided us over the years—integrity, excellence and respect for others—has been, and always will be, the keys to our success.”

Richard M. Weber, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, expressed his respect and appreciation for Marvin and commented that “this exceptional company provides clear evidence that ethical business practices are alive and well in corporate America.”

Created in 1994 by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals, the ABEA honors businesses that act in an ethical manner in regards to everyday business practices. Eligible businesses must be nominated, and provide comprehensive information about their ethics plan, as well as specific examples of how they have put their plan into action. Judged by an esteemed panel of experts drawn from the business, academic, consulting and ethics communities, the ABEA reviews four broad areas, including: executive commitment; ongoing ethics programming; demonstrated ethical business practices; and commitment to stakeholders, including employees, customers and the community. Previous winners have included Starbucks, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark and Whirlpool Corporation.

Marvin Windows and Doors is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, located in Warroad, Minn., with more than 4,500 employees in factories across the United States. As a maker of premier window and door products, Marvin is known for its craftsmanship and rich legacy of producing high-quality and innovative products, which have made Marvin a leader within the industry.

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Categories: Windows

Marvin Windows and Doors Wins Crystal Achievement Award

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:00

WARROAD, Minn. –  Marvin® Windows and Doors’ integrated Interior Shades have received the 2014 Crystal Achievement Award in the “Most Innovative Window Component Category” by Window & Door Magazine.

Chosen by three panels of judges representing a cross-section of the window and door industry, Marvin’s Interior Shades are setting a new standard within the industry, and are the only shade of its kind on the market today. Among the features that set Marvin’s Interior Shades apart include the fact that it fits seamlessly into Marvin window and door units with no measuring required, offers the versatility of opening from either the top or the bottom, gives the precision of virtually complete light control, and provides the beauty of sleek lines and fully concealed cords.

“The 2014 Crystal Achievement Award winners are a great example of the creative and solutions-oriented nature of the window and door industry, which continues to evolve to meet stringent energy codes, satisfy discriminating homeowners, and educate demanding customers,” says Jenni Chase, Editorial Director of Window & Door.

Marvin’s integrated system fits on a range of Marvin windows as well as swinging and sliding doors, or can be retrofitted to existing Marvin windows and swinging doors.

On windows and swinging doors, the integrated shade operates from both the top down and the bottom up, allowing the user to position it anywhere – a feature not offered by other window and door manufacturers. On sliding doors, Marvin’s shades move with the door – another industry first. No longer does the user have to open the shades to operate the door.

Unlike between-the-glass offerings, Marvin’s solution is compatible with all glazing types, including gas-filled and surface-coated glazings. And Marvin interior shades can be used with simulated divided lites with spacer bars – offering greater design flexibility and superior performance.

Other features of this revolutionary new offering include:

  • Fully concealed mechanisms and hidden cord systems for superior aesthetics
  • Available in either blackout or light-filtering fabric for choice in privacy and light control
  • Offered in a palette of 15 colors to match virtually any décor
  • Shade surrounds can be ordered prefinished with choice of Marvin’s factory-applied interior finishes
  • Shade material is anti-static, liquid repellant, dust and soil resistant, and carries a 10-year warranty
  • Precise fit for the ultimate in light and privacy control — virtually no light bleed along the edges of the surround
  • Integrated design means shade doesn’t protrude into living area
  • On sliding doors, shade stack is completely hidden when retracted

“We are very proud of this true industry first,” said Christine Marvin, director of marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors.  “This solution brings form and function to interior shading for windows and doors that is unlike anything else and has received tremendous response from all audiences.  We are thrilled that Window & Door has also recognized this product option as the most innovative in its class.”

The Crystal Achievement Awards will appear in the September issue of Window & Door Magazine:

To learn more and see Marvin’s integrated Interior Shades in person, visit to find a local dealer.

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built around you® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution.  A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners.  Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.


Categories: Windows


Sun, 08/17/2014 - 22:00

11 architects honored in sixth annual architectural competition

Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of their sixth annual Architects Challenge. Featuring an array of homes across North America with numerous architectural styles, all projects are designed by architects and feature windows and doors from Marvin.  Winners were chosen by a panel of architectural experts: Donald W. Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU of Union Studio Architecture & Community Design; Adele Chang, AIA of Lim Chang Rohling & Associates, Inc. and Stephen Muse, FAIA of Muse Architects.

Architects Challenge juried winners will participate in an AIA tour of Minneapolis and spend time at Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn. for a tour of the factory.

This year’s winning projects are:

  • BEST IN SHOW: Shingle-Style Sanctuary (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.) by Patrick Ahearn of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC: The project is a new construction of a family compound consisting of two new houses and associated site development along South Beach. Due to the topography of the nearby dunes, the living spaces of the main and guest houses were located on the second floor in order to gain the panoramic views of the ocean and extended coastline beyond. The challenge was to create a shingle-style island vernacular architecture that did not reflect the upside-down nature of the primary living space.
  • Berkshire Farmhouse (Upstate New York) by Michael Waters, AIA of LDa Architecture & Interiors: This single-family residential estate in Upstate New York includes a farmhouse-inspired residence along with a timber-framed barn and attached greenhouse adjacent to an enclosed garden area and surrounded by an orchard.
  • Golden View Residence (Anchorage, Alaska) by Steven Bull of Workshop AD: This project involved the redesign and completion of a partially constructed house on the Upper Hillside in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Harbert Residence (Harbert, Mich.) by Celeste Robbins of Robbins Architecture Inc.: This single-family vacation home on the Michigan shoreline accomplished the balance of large, glass window walls with the quaint beach aesthetic found on the neighboring dunes.
  • Oceanfront Cottage (Coastal Maine) by Russ Tyson of Whitten Architects: This home adapts to its immediate surroundings an