Marvin Windows and Doors Recognized for Creating and Protecting Jobs

February 26, 2013
Noteworthy

Marvin Windows and Doors received a 2013 Community Impact Award from Minnesota Business magazine. The company was selected as the winner in the Employment category, honoring companies that have brought major employment to a community in Minnesota—or kept it there.
According to a company release, the award recognizes the Marvin family’s efforts over four generations spanning more than a century, to create jobs and thriving communities in Minnesota—even refusing to lay off workers during a major housing recession.

Marvin employs more than 2,000 people in Warroad, a town of 1,700 residents. The company’s successful efforts to preserve and grow Minnesota jobs during the long economic downturn have been covered widely in the national media, by outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Business News, CNBC, Fox News and others.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly held up Marvin as an example to the nation for its efforts to preserve jobs. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also praised Marvin. Despite the worst conditions in the housing industry since the Great Depression, Marvin didn’t lay off any of its workers. Instead, workers and managers alike gave up pay and perks to keep everyone on the job—and preserve their community from the devastating impact of widespread layoffs, according to the release.

“We’re honored and humbled by this recognition,” says Susan Marvin, president of The Marvin Cos. “For more than a century, our philosophy has been to do what’s right for our company, our customers and our communities. Those principles are at the core of everything we do. We simply don’t know any other way to operate.”