Window and Door Replacement Manufacturer WinDor Wins Large Award as Small Business Persons of the Year

Wolfgang Wirthgen and Gary Templin, CEOs of WinDor a manufacturer and installer of vinyl windows and doors, was recently honored by the Southland Economic Development Corporation as Small Business Persons of the Year for 2003.

The company, which has offices throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, received recognition based on commitment to quality and to the company's 195 employees.

With the announcement of the coveted award, on top of a 45-percent growth increase this year, WinDor's executive management has decided to purchase an additional 18,000 square foot building located directly adjacent to their existing 57,000 square foot manufacturing plant and showroom. This expansion will improve order efficiencies while also allowing WinDor to expand the company's ten-strong line-up of replacement products.

"We were honored to give this award to WinDor's owners because they have a great mix of company and employee focus -- with quality as their goal," said Jim Davis, president of Southland Economic Development Corp. "We looked at several deserving companies, but WinDor truly stood out as a company that looked for profitability, future growth and security for their employees. I hope to see more of WinDor as they continue to grow and are no longer eligible as a small business."

WinDor's desire for strict quality control is the main reason they sell and install direct to the public. The company no longer sells via contractors or new home builders so that they can control the quality of the installation process and thereby offer buyers a lifetime guarantee. Hundreds of WinDor doors and windows are installed around the Southland each week. Several products are industry "firsts" such as the invisible screen door that retracts within the slider, the color-treated vinyl windows (giving buyers a refreshing option from the only-white offerings of the past) and each window and door includes WinDor's Low E energy saving glass.

"We were honored to be awarded by the Southland Economic Corporation," said co-owner Wolfgang Wirthgen. "We have kept a tight hold on how we do business and our focus on quality and customer service is a big part of why we continue to grow. This award is really directed at our employees (our extended family) who have been the strength of WinDor and who are responsible for our growth into the largest window/door manufacturing company in the Southland."

600450 Window and Door Replacement Manufacturer WinDor Wins Large Award as Small Business Persons of the Year
Date: 11 September 2003

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