Marvin Honored as Family Business of the Year

May 4, 2010

The University of St. Thomas’s Opus College of Business has named Marvin Windows & Doors its Family Business of the Year. The award, given by the college’s Center for Family Business of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, recognizes the window manufacturer's four generations of business success.

“Our recognition reflects three areas of excellence: business, family, and community," say Ritch Sorenson and Bill Monson of the Minneapolis-based University of Saint Thomas. "Marvin has a track record of innovation, financial performance, quality, customer loyalty, sensitivity to environmental issues, mutual respect and commitment to employees. Multiple family members across the generations have worked in the business and fourth generation family members are being prepared to assume leadership. The company reflects the culture, values and talents of its origins in Warroad, Minnesota, and represents the best qualities of family business.”

“We’re honored and humbled to be recognized with this award,” says Jake Marvin, chairman and CEO of The Marvin Cos. “In our modern economy, it’s more important than ever to have companies that recognize the timeless values of quality, integrity and commitment to families, employees and communities."

Marvin was founded in 1912 by George Marvin, who opened a lumber and cedar business in Warroad, Minn. George’s son, the late Bill Marvin, led the company through a period of remarkable growth beginning in the 1950s, growing Marvin from a regional supplier into an internationally known maker of premium windows and doors.

Bill’s six sons and daughters picked up the leadership mantle and 10 members of the fourth Marvin generation are currently working within the Marvin family of companies and some are in leadership positions.

“As I look back, I realize that much of what we all learned about business, we learned from our father at the dinner table,” Jake Marvin states. “The values he taught us every day are the same values we strive to uphold in running our business.”

Marvin employs more than 5,000 workers at seven factories in five states. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors.