Michigan Manufacturer Grows

January 1, 2008
Genesee Valley Windows Inc., a direct sales manufacturer serving the Flint, Mich., region, will relocate in February to expand its operations, company officials announced.

The company, a subsidiary of Paramount Improvements Inc., will move from its current facility in Burton, Mich., to a 70,000-square-foot site in Flint. Officials expect to hire 70 additional workers by the end of 2009, according to a report in the Flint Journal.

“We've outgrown it,” CEO Tom Panek said of Genesee Valley Windows’ current facility. “The building we've purchased is roughly three times the size of our existing location.”

Panek said the company plans to transfer 36 workers from Burton and hire 20 new assembly line or delivery workers this spring for the Flint plant. He also expects to hire 50 more workers by the end of 2009. The company will retain its current site to serve as a staging installation and storage area, he said.

Panek founded Paramount Improvements in 1990 as a one-person operation. Since then, the company has grown to 96 employees in Flint and has completed about 24,000 remodeling jobs. In addition to making and installing windows, the business offers vinyl siding, decks, sunrooms, roofs and kitchen remodeling.

In 2007, the company had sales of about $11 million. Panek said projections show sales could exceed $20 million this year and $30 million by 2009.

“The Michigan economy is a little bit down, but there's still a lot of work out there for our type of business,” he said. “We just have to be aggressive and seek the work out, and also we get a lot of referrals.”