Top 100 Manufacturers of 2014: $50 Million to $100 Million
Quaker Window Products Co.
Product lines: Aluminum, vinyl, and wood-clad windows and patio doors; aluminum storm windows
Headquarters: Freeburg, Mo.
|Quaker celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2014.|
New product introductions: Quaker Windows saw increased production and sales in 2013, with additional products opening up new markets for the Missouri-based manufacturer. Quaker added a new commercial entry door and storefront system, expanding its offerings in blast- and impact-rated products, as well as a new vinyl patio door.
Recent developments: Quaker Windows saw increased production and sales in 2013, with additional products opening up new markets for the manufacturer, it reports. Quaker added a new commercial entry door and storefront system, expanding its offerings in blast- and impact-rated products, as well as a new vinyl patio door.
Robert Bowden Inc.
Product lines: Wood windows, interior and exterior doors, garage doors, millwork, stairs, columns and specialty mouldings
Headquarters: Marrietta, Ga.
General information: Serving the Atlanta metropolitan area, Robert Bowden Inc. operates a 387,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility there in Marrietta, Ga., with distribution operations in Duluth and McDonough, Ga. The 100 percent employee-owned company moves up from the $40 million to $50 million sales category to the $50 million to $100 million sales category this year.
Simpson Door Co.
Product lines: Wood stile-and-rail interior and exterior doors; custom doors
Headquarters: McCleary, Wash.
|Simpson Door honored past and present employees as part of its 100th anniversary celebration in 2012.|
New product introductions: In 2013, the manufacturer expanded its WaterBarrier and Nantucket Collection doors for tough exposures and introduced a line of contemporary-styled exterior and interior doors.
General information: Established in 1912, Simpson has a production capacity of approximately 3,000 doors per day—or 720,000 doors per year—at its McCleary, Wash., manufacturing facility. In 2013, the manufacturer expanded its WaterBarrier and Nantucket Collection doors for tough exposures and introduced a line of contemporary-styled exterior and interior doors.
Product lines: Vinyl windows in all operating styles, including double-hung, slider, projecting, garden, bay, bow and specialty; patio doors, including sliding, French and atrium models; fiberglass entry systems and welded storm doors
Headquarters: Streetsboro, Ohio
Employees: Approximately 200
|Manufacturing operations at Soft-Lite’s Ohio headquarters|
New product introductions: In 2013, Soft-Lite launched interactive product line brochures that integrate technical information, including a significant emphasis on the company’s Energy Star qualified windows, with consumer-oriented product photos and benefits information. In addition, Soft-Lite launched a mobile-friendly website that's designed to make learning about windows and doors more engaging and informative for site visitors.
Soft-Lite continues to introduce new product lines and options. Windows from the manufacturer's Barrington, Bainbridge, Pro, Classic, Imperial LS and Elements product lines met the stringent Energy Star Most Efficient program criteria and were named Most Efficient products in 2013.
General information: Founded in 1934, Soft-Lite operates a 200,000-square-foot plant featuring advanced robotic manufacturing equipment, an AAMA test lab and an office facility, in addition to distribution centers in Baltimore, Md.; Boston; and Charlotte, N.C. Soft-Lite is continuing to work with its customer base on services such as Improveit! 360 and GuildQuality to enhance their growth and profitability. The manufacturer recently partnered with two other like-minded companies to help its dealers promote energy efficiency in unique ways while generating more leads and referral sales. One of Soft-Lite's new partners is Lake Industries Platinum Cookware. Soft-Lite's dealers can offer their homeowner customers Lake's energy saving cookware as a unique way to set appointments, close sales or generate referral business. Also, beginning this year, Soft-Lite's dealers can offer their homeowner customers the Nest Learning Thermostat in conjunction with high performance windows for even better thermal efficiency.
Sunrise Windows Ltd.*
Product lines: Custom vinyl replacement windows and doors with diverse design options and high-performance glass packages
Brands: Sunrise, Vanguard, Verde, Restorations, Essentials and Coastal Performance
Headquarters: Temperance, Mich.
General information: Founded in 1994, Sunrise Windows operates a production facility in Michigan with more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to serve its network of dealers in 35 states. Sunrise is owned in part by The Riverside Co., a Cleveland-based private equity firm that acquired a stake in the company from FdG Associates, a New York-based firm, in 2010.