New Labor Agreement Signed at BiltBest

July 1, 2007

BiltBest Windows & Patio Doors, based in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., has signed a long-term labor agreement with its manufacturing employees. The contract incorporates a new gain-sharing program that “will cement a strong partnership between the company and its employees, and align all company resources in maintaining strong business relationships with its customers, meeting flexible production demands, consistently improving quality, and achieving 99 percent-plus on-time and complete shipments,” officials report.

The five-year labor agreement was reached between BiltBest and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO/CLC, Local 400G. The agreement was ratified by a substantial margin among the union membership, it is reported, and calls for wage and benefit enhancements, as well as a gain-sharing provision for the manufacturing employees that will be also provided to all regular, non-union, hourly employees.

“We are extremely pleased with the new union agreement,” says Jay Hoffer, BiltBest president. “The negotiations were conducted in an environment of mutual respect, openness, and a desire on both sides to achieve an agreement that is a win for our company, our employees and our customers. BiltBest employees are hard working, dedicated people and are our most valuable resource. This new contract is a milestone achievement and places us squarely where we want to be, positioned to take our place as a major player based on our growth, in the upper tier of players competing in the high-end residential new construction market.”

The 52-year-old company produces custom wood windows and patio doors, and has a network of 300 dealers across the country.