Hurd Named a Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

March 14, 2011

Hurd Windows & Doors has been named a 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award winner.  Nominated by the Medford Area Chamber Commerce, Hurd was given a special award for its “Local to Global Commitment.”

The window and door manufacturer was recognized for its consistent commitment to buying locally and selling globally. “Over the 91 year history of the brand, Hurd has committed itself to making as many local purchases as possible for raw materials," explains Jeff Herman, director of supply chain management. "In addition to creating a significant number of local jobs, buying from other Wisconsin companies is part of our commitment to support and invest in the social fabric of our community.”

“We feel especially honored by this recognition. The window and door market has experienced some significant changes in the last few years," states Dominic Truniger, Hurd president and CEO. "We have worked to grow new relationships with new distributors both in the U.S. and internationally. In fact, 16 percent of Hurd’s sales came from the international marketplace in 2010–whereas the industry average is 2.7 percent. Overall, we’ve increased our international sales by 30 percent since 2009.”

“Hurd has committed a record level of capital investment in a year where the residential housing market remains significantly depressed,” says Sue Emmerich, Medford Area Chamber of Commerce president and director. “This is a sign of Hurd’s aggressive management and optimism for growth of the wood window market.”

Hurd was one of seven companies honored among 53 nominated in the 23-year-old statewide program organized by the accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly, the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and the business association Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.