2014 Dealer of the Year: Excellence in Community Service
EXCELLENCE in COMMUNITY SERVICE
LEADERSHIP: Rick Wuest, president and CEO; Brian Wuest, vice president
LOCATION: Lanham, Md.
SALES VOLUME: $63 million
PRODUCTS: Windows, doors, gutters and siding
Thompson Creek Window Co. has four core values as part of its mission: integrity, teamwork, excellence and accountability. Because of that, says COO Rich Trimber, “We believe in supporting the communities that support us. As a local company and local manufacturer, it’s important to do that.”
The company is on a growth track Trimber says, and as it moves into other regions and builds facilities in those communities, Trimber says showing support to the community is “important to our customers and employees.”
Sometimes organizations ask Thompson Creek for help, and other times, employees make suggestions regarding charities that are important to them. “If it’s something we can do and it fits our four core values, we develop a plan and we execute,” Trimber says. “We don’t do anything if it’s not a full plan and a commitment.”
Last year, the company helped the family of Martin Bodrog, a victim of the Washington Navy Yard shooting who had been working on his home before he was killed. Through an employee and a local church, Thompson Creek got involved in helping Melanie Bodrog and her family. The crew installed 130 feet of gutters, 10 windows and new siding (totaling about $30,000 in donations).
|Shane Hauff, Justin Wilson, and Casey Cherneski (pictured left to right, in the bright green shirts) are among the Thompson Creek employees who partner with local communities on various projects.|
The company also partnered with First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Va., and pastor Davie Serrant of the Deliverance Baptist Church on the Island of Dominica to build homes for people in need in the city of Roseau, Dominica. Thompson Creek donated 40 windows and 20 doors for the project.
One ongoing project with the Arlington Youth Ministry in Virginia has employees and local teens helping to rebuild houses in Appalachia, Trimber says. “We sent our best experts down there and ended up helping others learn how to do the install work and fix things that hadn’t been done right. That was a lot of fun and uplifting; it was great to see 800 teenagers out going to work every day to build and rebuild houses for folks that needed them. We anticipate it being an annual program for us.”
Trimber says one goal for the company’s giving is to achieve diversity. “We give through donations of cash, our time, products and services. We help with veterans, education causes, fighting diseases, environmental issues.”
Helping the community comes back to the company in the form of happier employees and in showing prospective customers that the company lives its values. While Thompson Creek doesn’t actively seek public relations coverage, its good deeds do not go unnoticed by the press and consumers. “We take opportunities when they present themselves,” Trimber says. “We ask, ‘Can we do this and should we do this?’ and if it’s a ‘yes,’ then we do.”