MI Windows and Doors Volunteers with Local Food Pantry

 Over 20 local team members from MI Windows and Doors recently donated time to the Northern Dauphin Food Pantry’s Fresh Express event. Serving over 150 families, and over 400 individuals, the event provided fresh produce including carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, and more to pantry participants.

Suzy Blough, Coordinator of the Northern Dauphin Food Pantry, reached out to MIWD in early February about the possibility of partnering for the event. “The impact we can make on our area is really unlimited if we can gain the support of local businesses,” stated Blough. “MIWD is a great partner to have. Between man hours available from their team members and their willingness to lend a hand in other ways, MIWD can truly be an asset to our efforts.”

“Giving back to our community is such a great feeling,” said Ashley Masser, inside sales representative at MIWD. Masser, who also brought her children along for the volunteer event, added “We don’t always get to feel like we make a difference, but today we all did.”

2014 marks the first year of the Northern Dauphin Food Pantry’s participation in the Fresh Express Program, which aims to provide nutritious food, such as fresh produce and dairy products, to those in need. Since these products have a short shelf life, the Food Bank takes the perishable products directly to people in need.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy-efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants in Pennsylvania, Texas and Arizona, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's commitment to quality and service are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information, visit www.miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors Holds Employee Health Fair

As a precursor to an up and coming health and wellness program, “Your Window to Wellness”, a three day health fair event was held at MI Windows and Doors' Pennsylvania locations, targeting team members in both manufacturing facilities, the customer support center, and the vinyl extrusion plant. The first year program proved to be a huge success with over 500 team members participating in the event and gaining knowledge about healthy living, healthy work practices, and fitness programs available in the Susquehanna valley. Blood and blood pressure screenings were offered at a discounted rate to all employees. Additionally, more than 100 individuals committed to the tobacco cessation program, helping MIWD take the first step in becoming a tobacco free workplace.

Tifini Clemens, Human Resources Administrator at MIWD’s ProPlastix vinyl extrusion plant, organized the event. “It’s great to see the excitement and enthusiasm from our team members,” stated Clemens. “We're excited to take the next step in improving the health and wellness of our team members. Thank you to everyone involved – I am so proud of our team!”

Vendor participants included the Elizabethville YMCA and the Department of Health Tobacco Program, Highmark, MetLife, Aerotek, Primerica, Phoenix Rehabilitation, and Workplace Occupational Health. Each vendor provided services, shared valuable information with team members, and invited them to participate in door prize drawings, games, and discounted services and memberships. "We're already looking forward to our next health event," claimed Clemens. "Health and wellness has taken a front seat for our nation - it's time for it to take front seat at MIWD as well."

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit www.miwd.com.

MIWD Gratz Facility Receives PA Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence

On March 19th, the employees of MI Windows and Doors in Gratz, PA were awarded with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence (GASE). The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry presented the award to the team lead by Chris Koperna, Safety Coordinator, and Mike Troutman, Corporate Safety and Environmental Manager.

The GASE is a highly competitive award and the information gained from the companies who receive it provides valuable best practices that are shared across the state. In 2013, only ten Pennsylvania companies were selected to receive the honor. MIWD was recognized due to their constant commitment to safety through programs including their “Lock-Out, Tag-Out” process, the effort to modify machinery and equipment to prevent injury, and a mandatory stretching program for all team members. Further, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the Gratz plant as a SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) status facility for the past five consecutive years and they are quickly gaining ground on achieving VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs) status. The leadership at MIWD consistently and continually searches for ways to eliminate injuries and create the safest work environment possible.

“It’s a great honor for the team to achieve this award for their hard work that they do as we continually build on our safety culture,” stated Chris Koperna. Mike Troutman added, “This clearly shows the dedication to safety of all team members at MIWD Gratz. Our team members are our most valued resource; they produce a quality product and we want every one of them to be injury free.”

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry were in attendance to present the award to the team. “Companies who receive this award have to have implemented safety processes that generate tangible safety improvements,” stated Eugene C. Connell, Deputy Secretary of the Department. “Your commitment to safety serves as an example to all of Pennsylvania’s employers. Maintaining a safe workplace is essential to ensuring a productive workplace. MI Windows and Doors exemplifies success in achieving both of these goals.” Also in attendance were Scott G. Weiant, Department Chief, and Stephen J. Fireoved, Esq., Director.

About the PA Department of Labor and Industry
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry promotes economic development and an improved business climate through a variety of initiatives and programs to help Pennsylvania's workforce remain world-class and globally competitive. For more information on the department and the GASE Award, visit www.portal.state.pa.us

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit www.miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors Employees Honored at MAEA Luncheon

 On March 11th, eight team members of MI Windows and Doors manufacturing teams were recognized for completing the training for the Management Development Certificate Training offered by the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employees Association. A luncheon was held at the Schuylkill Country Club where employees from seven NEPA companies were represented.

The courses offered through the MAEA are geared to the manufacturing industry and help to prepare employees to meet challenges of the future. MIWD employees received training that included classes on critical thinking and problem solving, managing difficult people and stress, accountability and empowerment, project management, and conducting effective meetings. “Our employees continuously strive to improve within their positions and the MAEA training is a great tool for us to use to help our team members grow, “ stated Sherri Hebda, Regional Human Resources Manager at MIWD. “We were very proud to be so well represented at this event.” Individuals who attended the luncheon and received certificates were Andy Adams, Tifini Clemens, Brian Deiter, Sean Erdman, Ryan Hummel, Denny Lower, Matt Sherman, and Bruce Trauger. Not in attendance, but also completing the program were Jeff Cunningham, Andrew Snyder, Don Kahler, Derek Miller, and Kerri Stanton.

About MAEA Training Opportunities
The MAEA training offers comprehensive programs and support services that provide a “one-stop-shop” training solution for the manufacturing industry. Programs include trainings for team leadership, supervisory development, management development, executive leadership, communication mastery, administrative professional, personal, and organizational development, diversity, human resources, hands-on computer, process improvement, purchasing, and safety. Many of their programs are eligible to receive certificate from both the National Association of Manufacturers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association. For more information, visit www.maeaweb.biz.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit www.miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors of Carrollton TX Holds Employee Fundraiser for Christian Community Action

The employees of MI Windows and Doors in Carrollton, TX held a “Valentine-Gram” fundraiser resulting in a $500 donation to the Christian Community Action food bank.

Organized by the Image and Morale Committee, the fundraiser offered the purchase of “Valentine-Grams,” candy filled treat bags that were then delivered to a chosen recipient in the company. Over 200 bags were sold and delivered, sweetening Valentine’s day for many employees.

“We received nothing but positive support from all MIWD team members,” stated Bernadette Reed, Image and Morale Committee member. “It was fun to see the excitement of team members when it came to doing something kind for a co-worker or family member and ultimately, the Carrollton community.”

About Christian Community Action
The Christian Community Action Food Bank is a small piece of a large organization that includes and adult health center, affordable housing, vocation and education services and more for families in need in north Texas. Headquartered in Lewisville, CCA has developed from a small, 7 person bible study group into an organization of over 150 staff members and more than 2,500 volunteers. For over 40 years, CCA has been lending a hand to those in need. Learn more at http://ccahelps.org/.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit http://www.miwd.com.
 

MI Windows and Doors EnergyCore Windows Featured in Vision House Tucson Grand Opening

Thursday, December 19th marked the grand opening of Green Builder Media’s latest demonstration project, the VISION House® Tucson. The VISION House Series is a collection of advanced, high performance, and truly sustainable homes built around the country. Each project is unique and provides an extraordinary opportunity for innovative builders, designers, contractors, manufacturers, to collaborate on a state-of-the-art project.

VISION House Tucson is remarkable in that it is built in a historical neighborhood, Armory Park del Sol, which has been deemed the ‘Greenest Neighborhood in America’ by the Department of Energy and recently won AARP’s ‘Most Livable Community’ award based on its sustainability, walkability, and access to downtown Tucson. Once a rail yard, the urban infill community has been thoughtfully planned and meticulously redeveloped by green building pioneer John Wesley Miller.

Miller designed all of the homes in Armory Park del Sol to aesthetically fit into the historical community. The traditional Southwestern style homes feature adobe exteriors and are net-zero energy, feature photovoltaics, solar thermal, sophisticated masonry thermal mass building envelope systems, super efficient insulation, glazing, lighting, and mechanical systems. The homes use approximately half of the water of an average American house, employing low-flow fixtures, water harvesting and filtration systems, and desert-friendly xeric landscaping.

MI Windows and Doors furnished the home with MI EnergyCore windows with High Performance Low-E glass and patented AirCell™ frame technology that enhance the energy savings provided by the structure. "MI Windows and Doors is proud to participate in the Vision House Tucson project. Our MI EnergyCore windows have proven themselves to be some of the most energy efficient windows made in America and are well-suited for net-zero environments," said Mike DeSoto, COO, of MI Windows and Doors.

MI EnergyCore windows have been recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 by the EPA. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR and represent the leading edge in energy efficient products. For more information about MI EnergyCore windows, go to http://mienergycore.com.

Several local dignataries attended the opening including Congressman Barber, Mayor Rothschild, Senator Farley, several Deans from the University of Arizona, city council members, other elected officials, and a diverse group of professionals and homeowners. Congressman Ron Barber spoke of John Wesley Miller's leadership and vision in the green building community, "John is a shining example of how far you can take technology in a responsible way. This home now stands alone as a model for the rest of the country."

With its exceptional HERS rating of negative 21, the home is expected to produce all its own energy and will be able to sell excess energy produced back to the local utility. Vision House Tucson is the first net-zero energy house using the City/County Net-Zero Energy Building Standard. The total cost of owning a net-zero home (including mortgage and utilities) is less than the cost of a owning a similarly priced home that only meets the minimum requirements of the building code. Net-zero homes lock in energy rates much lower than Tucson Electric Power (TEP) can provide, giving the homeowner a secure energy future, plus they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce TEP's need to purchase peak power.

The windows were supplied by MIWD dealer, Apex Window and Bath. Established in 1995, Apex is a family-owned business that prides themselves on quality, service, reputation, and innovation. By maintaining small business philosophies and a hometown approach while also adapting to a rapidly changing market, economy, and new technologies, they have been able to both provide their customers with the best possible price and expand into the future. For more information, visit http://www.apexwindowsandbath.com.

MI Windows and Doors Receives Recognition from the City of Carrollton

 On December 3rd, the City of Carrollton's Environmental Services Department held an awards ceremony honoring 12 companies for their commitment to and compliance with the environmental requirements set by the Industrial Pretreatment Program. Among those awarded was MI Windows and Doors (formerly General Aluminum) who has received recognition consistently for the past 9 years.

“We are very proud to have kept our standards at a high performance level,” stated Armando Flores, Safety Supervisor of MIWD Carrollton, TX. “This achievement is the result of a lot of hard work, and we will continue to be committed to environmental excellence."

The Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) is an active partnership between the private (industrial, residential) and public (city, state, federal government, treatment plant) sectors. The goal for the program is to manage industrial pollutants to ensure that no interference, pass-through, damage to the treatment plant, or injury to personnel occurs. The IPP complies with the Federal Clean Water Act by controlling potential pollution and industrial discharge in the city. Wastewater from new and existing facilities is continuously evaluated and water sampling and comprehensive facility inspections allow for monitoring of permitted industries. To learn more about Environmental Services in the city, visit http://www.cityofcarrollton.com.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit http://www.miwd.com/.

MI Windows and Doors Thrives in Kansas City Market Through Partnership and Charity

 MI Windows and Doors prides itself on creating strong, effective relationships with its partners. Recent involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through their partnership with Summit Custom Homes and Kansas City Building Supply exemplifies the high level of commitment, care, and trust MIWD is known for.

Summit Custom Homes of Kansas City recently completed the building of the Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home. The home is a qualified “Zero Hero” home because all of the materials required to complete the home were donated – from foundation to roof, labor to windows. “MIWD was extremely generous to the Dream Home Giveaway campaign, and we are so grateful to be partnered with such an amazing company,” stated Megan Fratzke, Marketing Manager at Summit. “We are truly touched by the overwhelming show of support. We could not have done it without them.”

Kansas City Building Supply, the distributor that supplies MIWD products to Summit, shared in the excitement of the event. “Summit Custom Homes is a premier home builder in our area,” stated Dennis Donnelly, President of KCBS. “We are very proud to be a trade partner for their MIWD needs.”

Summit Custom Homes' involvement with St. Jude has resulted in over $3 million donated in the last three years. This year Summit's commitment to St. Jude goes beyond the building of the Dream Home; they are also this year's Presenting Sponsor at the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. The Walk will take place on November 23rd at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, KS. "We are very excited to further our relationship with St. Jude though this additional event," said Fratzke. "We have formed a team for the walk and are currently raising donations." Employees have encouraged family, friends, and Summit homeowners to walk with them and have risen over $12,000 to date. To make a donation to the Walk, visit Summit's team page.

Over the past five years, MIWD, with the help of key business partners like KCBS and Summit, has captured the market in the Kansas City area and have become the preferred brand by many business and homeowners. With the success in the area, opportunities are opened every day to provide quality windows and doors to project like the St. Jude Dream Home.

About the St. Jude Dream Home
The St. Jude Dream Home was started in 1991 by Dr. Donald Mack, who was the first St. Jude doctor to send an out-of-state patient to St. Jude. Since the first home was built, the program has raised over $260 million dollars and has helped to insure that no family will receive a bill from St. Jude for their child's care.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors Improves Team Member Communication With Electronic Bulletin Boards

As the business continues to grow with the new ownership, MI Windows and Doors has put new energy and effort into updating their employee communication system. Electronic communication boards, dubbed Team Windows, are powered by the Marlin Co. software (http://www.themarlincompany.com), and have been installed in all offices and manufacturing facilities to better inform employees of events, policies, safety tips, and changes to the organization.

"The new electronic bulletin boards have been outstanding tools for communicating success stories and goals in safety, quality and productivity across the organization," said Mike DeSoto, COO. "It has been especially powerful for introducing new team members to the MIWD Way."

The content included on the electronic communication boards spans a wide range of subjects from local weather and sports updates to announcements of new hires to safety precautions and policies. Communication throughout the business is essential to its growth - with manufacturing facilities in four locations across the nation (Gratz, PA, Hegins, PA, Prescott Valley, AZ, and Carrollton, TX) information sharing helps to build the MIWD community.

The new Team Windows are part of a continuing strategy of improving communications among team members. "We started messaging with a basic strategy of providing concise information that is visually interesting and boosts employee awareness and education," stated Sherri Hebda, Human Resources and Team Window Coordinator. "It's still in the early stages, but we've received a lot of positive team member feedback."

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors EnergyCore Series Windows Installed in Tucson VISION House

September 13th marked a milestone for MI Windows and Doors as their involvement in the VISION House® in Tucson, AZ came to its peak. After six months of work, the day finally came to install the EnergyCore series windows in the home.

“This is a really exciting time for MI Windows and Doors,” stated Patrick Schutte, Director of Marketing for MIWD. “We know we have a great product, and to have it showcased in the VISION House is a great honor. We are so excited for the exposure of our windows and for the completion of the project." Heather Wallace, Director VISION House Series for Green Builder® Media shared Schutte's excitement. "We couldn't be more pleased to have MI Windows and Doors involved as a sponsor of the VISION House Tucson," stated Wallace. "The MI EnergyCore™ Windows being used in the project are designed for optimal energy efficiency which will help us meet the projected HERS rating goal of -17."

Green Builder Media’s VISION House Series is comprised of demonstration homes built around the country that showcase the latest in green design, building techniques, and products. Each house utilizes site-specific solutions for key green building issues including energy use, water conservation, land use and orientation, waste management, indoor environment quality, and products and materials. The VISION House Tucson is located in the nationally acclaimed neighborhood of Armory Park del Sol in Tucson, AZ. For more information on the VISION House, visit http://www.greenbuildermag.com/vision-house.

The Windows were supplied by MIWD dealer, Apex Window and Bath, out of Tucson. Established in 1995, Apex is a family owned business that prides themselves on quality, service, reputation, and innovation. By maintaining small business philosophies and a hometown approach while also adapting to a rapidly changing market, economy, and new technologies, they have been able to both provide their customers with the best possible price and expand into the future. For more information, visit http://www.apexwindowsandbath.com/.

Check out more photos of the VISION House construction here: http://bit.ly/19f3f85.

About MIWD
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD, visit miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors Unveils New Logo that Embraces Mantra, "We Are MIWD"

MI Windows and Doors announced a new design of their logo that will debut on new signage outside each of their manufacturing locations. The change follows a series of organizational adjustment triggered by an ownership transition early this year. After functioning under JT Walker Industries for over 60 years, the current management team made the decision to purchase the company from JT Walker and venture forward as a private, independent business in January.

The new logo embraces the forward movement of the company while still staying true to the brand already in place. “We wanted a cleaner, more bold look and feel, but didn’t want to sacrifice the brand our customers know and love,” stated Patrick Schutte, Director of Marketing. “Our designers teamed up to create a logo that sticks to our roots, but will also focus our efforts toward the mantra ‘We are MIWD.’ Our new logo serves to solidify our message to our consumer.”

The new logo will be used primarily on signage, apparel, and for web applications where the former logo proves less effective. It features the name of the company, MIWD, in bold white letters against a black background. Tying new to old, the signature red boxes are present above the I. The company’s tag line, “Seeing You Through,” has remained dominant and will be placed below the logo wherever practical. Several approved variations of the logo are available in the MIWD Logo Usage Guide. Dealers can log into the Dealer Portal at miwd.com to acquire a copy of the guide, or they can email kewillard at miwd.com to get one.

About MIWD

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MIWD offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's character, integrity, and commitment are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information about MIWD visit http://www.miwd.com.

MI Windows and Doors in Carrollton, TX Holds Drive to Benefit OK Tornado Victims

The employees of MI Windows and Doors in Carrollton, TX recently held a product drive to benefit the victims of the devastating tornadoes in Moore, OK. Organized by Bernadette Reed, Administrative Assistant, the collection event helped to provide more than ten families with vital supplies needed to recover from the storm.
On May 20th, a record setting tornado, with wind gusts up to 295 miles per hour, ripped a path over 2 miles wide and 16 miles long across eastern Oklahoma and Northern Texas. The terror lasted only 40 minutes, but the destruction left in its wake is estimated to cost over 2 billion dollars to restore.
“Our employees felt compelled to help our neighbors to the north,” said Reed. “We have customers, team members, even family that were affected by the storm and we wanted to do what we could to lessen their struggles.” Items collected included hand sanitizer, sun screen, work gloves, diapers, tarps, can openers and canned goods, soap, tooth brushes, and more. JR Minnich, MIWD Carrolton’s General Manager, volunteered to personally deliver the items to the families in need. “It was up to the rest of us to do our part,” said Reed. “It was a great team effort.”
MI Windows and Doors takes pride in giving back to those who make up, support, and are affected by their corporate presence. When the storm struck, it was without hesitation that the employees of Carrollton stepped up to the plate.
For more information on the ways MIWD gives back, contact Katie Williard at kewilliard(at)miwd(dot)com.
 

MI Windows and Doors Supplies Windows for Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran

An American war veteran and his wife have received a window donation from MI Windows and Doors, The Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition and the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York.

Mr. Michael Flessa is a highly decorated Marine Corps Corporal who served our country during the Vietnam War (1967-1969). His military honors include the Navy Achievement Medal with a combat V and a Purple Heart. Both Mr. Flessa and his wife are battling cancer.

Tom Bennett, an independent sales representative for ABC Supply in Buffalo, NY, is the Director of the Veterans One-stop Center and Chairman of the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition. Both organizations devote their time to the assisting our veterans. “Through both they WNY Coalition and the Center, we hear of all levels of need from individuals who have defended our country,” Bennett stated. “Mr. Flessa’s home was in need of some updates, so our organizations stepped up to the plate to help him out.”

Bennett contacted Tim Gilliard, independent sales rep for MI Windows and Doors. Together they worked through ABC Supply to secure the four windows needed to update the Flessa’s home.

“MIWD’s donation will go a long way in helping Mr. and Mrs. Flessa complete the update on their home,” stated Tom Bennett. “Thank you again so much for your help and participation in this endeavor.”

The Western New York Veteran’s Housing Coalition’s mission is to provide housing, employment, and services to Veterans and other special needs populations. Started in 1987 by a group of Vietnam Veterans, the group's efforts have benefitted thousands. They presently manage four apartments buildings with 100 units of housing and have received numerous awards for leadership, management, and development. For more information on the WNYVHC, visit their website at www.wnyvhc.org.

The Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York strives to provide all veterans and their families with barrier-free access to the services they need to deal with challenges at home during deployment, to complete the transition to civilian life, and to achieve their goals and full potential. The One-Stop Center brings people, organizations, and resources together in time, space, and effort to effectively improve the well-being of all Western New York Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information on the Veterans One-Stop Center or to donate, visit www.vocwny.org.

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures energy efficient windows and patio doors and serves the new construction and replacement window industry. The company's character, integrity, and kindness, is exemplified by the people that represent it across the country.

Yuma Man Receives MIWD Energy Efficient Windows for New Home After Devastating Fire

Tony Giannopolous of Yuma, AZ is rebuilding thanks to the efforts of the Yuma Southwest Contractors Association, Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, and MI Windows and Doors.

In the early morning hours on December 9th, 2012, Tony Giannopolous woke to an electrical fire in his Arizona home. He escaped unharmed, but the home was a complete loss. Without homeowners insurance, Giannopolous was faced with having to rebuild from his pocket.

Giannopolous is a very well-known and well-liked member of the Yuma community. He works part time at the local Sam’s Club where he has become known for the smiley faces he doodles on customers receipts. His coworkers took the lead as the community rallied to raise funds, furnishings, clothing, services and more to help him get back on his feet. Despite the generosity, he was still far behind what was required to rebuild his home.

Giannopolous’ situation and the money raised caught the attention of the local media and eventually Habitat for Humanity. Habitat, with the help of the Yuma Contractors Association, was able to provide the remaining building products and begin the process of rebuilding the home.

On March 6th, the framing of the house began and is due to be completed May 3rd, 2013.

The new windows supplied by MI Windows and Doors (MIWD) will provide comfort and energy efficiency. The aluminum Builder Series Windows are ENERGY STAR® rated, featuring MIWD’s dual pane TMAX SC™ glass packages that are optimized for southern climates with significant cooling and glare-reduction requirements and have double strength High Performance Low-E glass.

MI Window and Door’s Arizona Sales operations are handled by Authorized Independent Sales Firm, Southwest Rockies Sales and Tom Fullerton. Tom proudly represents MI Windows and Doors throughout the region and is always eager to support his community.

MIWD and Foxworth-Galbraith have partnered for over 30 years and Felipe Gonzalez was instrumental in organizing the supply drive. “As soon as I heard about Tony’s situation I called Tom,” stated Gonzalez. “Our partnership with MIWD over the years has been fantastic and I knew I could count on their help.” Gonzalez was able to play a big part in the collection of new materials due to his role in the Yuma Southwest Builders Association.

The Yuma Southwest Builders Association is a non-profit trade association that was created in 2002 out of a need for local representation in the contracting industry. They specialize in helping to gather labor and materials during disasters and other times of need. They also work with contractors in the area, assisting with workman’s compensation, dividend checks, and location of building materials. “Ultimately, we want to help our community,” said Gonzalez. “We try to reach out in any way we can. Tony’s house is looking great. That’s what we are here for and it’s wonderful to see the benefits of our efforts.”

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures energy efficient windows and patio doors and serves the new construction and replacement window industry. The company's character, integrity, and kindness, is exemplified by the people that represent it across the country.

MI Windows and Doors at Green Builder Media Vision House Tucson Groundbreaking

On March 25, 2013, MI Windows and Doors joined Green Builder Media at the groundbreaking event for VISION House® Tucson, a sustainable demonstration home being built in the Armory Park del Sol neighborhood. The project will focus on green design, advanced technologies, and the utilization of innovative, site-specific solutions to enhance the home’s overall sustainability.

Renowned green building expert and Vision House Tucson builder, John Wesley Miller, was also at the event along with architect Hank Krzysik, Green Builder Media President Ron Jones and CEO Sara Gutterman, Congressman Ron Barber, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild who celebrated the kick-off of this energy efficient project.

"Words have a lot of meaning and we talked about vision here today, and the very title, Vision House, says what we are trying to do," explained Congressman Barber. "The leadership that John has provided, not only in the home builder community, but in our state and in our country, has been truly remarkable. It's really not hard to understand why Green Builder Media would choose John to build this new demonstration home. Vision House is going to be doing something that we don't talk a lot about in this country, and that is, the biggest way that we can free ourselves from our reliance on fossil fuels is by increasing energy efficiency."

With an expected HERS rating of negative 17, the home is expected to produce all its own energy and will be able to sell excess energy produced back to the local utility. Vision House Tucson will be the first net-zero energy house using the City/County Net-Zero Energy Building Standard. The total cost of owning a net-zero home (including mortgage and utilities) is less than the cost of a owning a similarly priced home that only meets the minimum requirements of the building code. Net-zero homes lock in energy rates much lower than Tucson Electric Power (TEP) can provide, giving the homeowner a secure energy future, plus they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce TEP's need to purchase peak power.

MI Windows and Doors will be furnishing the home with MI EnergyCore windows with High Performance Low-E glass and patented AirCell™ frame technology that will enhance the energy savings provided by the structure. "MI Windows and Doors is proud to participate in another net-zero energy home. Our MI EnergyCore windows have proven themselves to be some of the most energy efficient windows made in America and are well-suited for net-zero environments," said Mike DeSoto, COO, of MI Windows and Doors.

MI EnergyCore windows were recently recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 by the EPA. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR and represent the leading edge in energy efficient products. For more information about MI EnergyCore windows, go to http://mienergycore.com.

The home is being built in the historic Armory del Sol neighborhood, which has offered attractive, energy efficient homes to Tucson families for more than a decade. The colorful community, comprised of more than ninety single-family homes, embodies sustainable development, embracing elements such as proper orientation, solar power generation, walking paths and parks, and proximity to schools, theaters, restaurants and other amenities of downtown Tucson. Inspired by the historic Armory Park, all the homes in Armory Park del Sol feature eye catching arches and large porches, replicating the look and feel of the nearby traditional Southwestern style homes. On average, homeowners at Armory Park del Sol pay only $300 per year to heat and cool their homes and use less than half the water of a standard Tucson home.

About John Wesley Miller Companies

The builder of the VISION House Tucson, acclaimed builder and solar pioneer John Wesley Miller, is a national leader in energy conservation and green building practices. He has received numerous industry honors and awards for energy conservation and building quality during his 50 year career. Miller built the Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona, designed and constructed scores of sustainable homes and buildings, and consulted with organizations across the country to promote green homes and advanced technologies. For more information: http://www.johnwesleymillercompanies.com

About Green Builder Media

Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living. With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training, and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the new green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably. Contact Heather Wallace, heather@greenbuildermag.com or see http://www.greenbuildermag.com/VISION-HOUSE for more information.
 

MIWD Products Recognized Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR 2013

The Department of Energy has recognized several of MI Doors and Windows as the Most Energy Efficient of ENERGY STAR 2013.

Each year, EPA establishes criteria for specific product categories to earn the Most Efficient mark. Products that are recognized as Most Efficient must already qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.

Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge — consistent with the interests of environmentally-motivated consumers and early adopters.

Achieving Most Energy Efficient 2013 status is a challenging task. Products must be ENERGY STAR qualified consistent with applicable ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments and the requirements set forth in the latest version of the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements Eligibility Criteria for Windows Version 5.0. Product performance (U-factor and SHGC - Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) must be certified by an EPA-recognized Certification body.

Qualifications for windows differ depending on each ENERGY STAR region. Windows must meet the applicable requirements shown in the table below:

Climate Zone              U-factor                SHGC

Northern                       ≤ 0.20                   ≥ 0.20
North-Central               ≤ 0.20                  ≤ 0.40
South-Central               ≤ 0.20                 ≤ 0.25
South                            ≤ 0.20                 ≤ 0.25

Mike DeSoto, COO, said, "We are proud that so many of our windows meet the new Most Energy Efficient 2013 criteria and expect that we will continue to be a leader in the industry and push the envelope in years to come with our energy efficient product lines."

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. These exceptional products represent the leading edge in energy efficient products this year.

Products that are recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGYSTAR in 2013 prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting rigorous energy efficiency performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy efficient choices can save families almost a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions. See http://energystar.gov for more information.

To see a list of Most Energy Efficient 2013 windows manufactured by MIWD, see: http://www.miwd.com/resources/energy-star/energy-star-products 

Mike Ohlin has been promoted to Director of Operations

MI Windows and Doors announced that Mike Ohlin has been promoted to Director of Operations.

Mike joined MIWD in 2002 as Corporate Purchasing Manager and since then has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility including his oversight of inventory management, business integration, cost standardization and communications.

"Mike exemplifies the core values of MI Windows and Doors. Mike’s unique combination of analytic and personal skills have resulted in his increased influence across the organization during his tenure with MIWD. It is exciting to have Mike take on this pivotal leadership role in the company,” said Mike DeSoto, COO.

In this new role, Mike will be directly responsible for managing the purchasing team, materials management, logistics, and managing the full integration of our enterprise resource planning system across all divisions of the company.

Mike has over 20 years experience purchasing for several leading manufacturing companies. He serves as a participating member for AAMA and is a Certified Purchasing Manager, a lifetime designation earned through the Institute for Supply Management(ISM). 

Eric Rothermel Promoted to Vice President of Human Resources

 

MI Windows and Doors announced that Eric Rothermel has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources.

In this new role Eric will be directly responsible for a number of strategic initiatives for MI Windows and Doors, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Safe workplace best practices
  • Team Member satisfaction
  • Payroll administration
  • Team Member benefits planning and administration
  • Recruiting and Training Initiatives
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Enterprise Risk Management


Matt DeSoto, CEO, said of Eric's new role, "His understanding of the need to create value for MIWD's stakeholders and sincere interest in “doing what is right” are both fine examples of why Eric has earned this promotion."

Eric joined MIWD in 2006 as a regional human resources manager and since then has held numerous roles taking on more responsibility over the last seven years.

MIWD is honored to have Eric as a fellow team member and know that he will continue to excel in his new role.

JR Minnich is now General Manager of Carrollton manufacturing facility

 MI Windows and Doors announced that JR Minnich has taken on the role of General Manager for its Carrollton manufacturing facility.

JR Minnich started with MI Windows and Doors in 1993 at its Elizabethville PA location in the Shipping department and has worked in most facets of the window manufacturing process including the Engineering Test lab, Production, as a Production Supervisor, an Assistant Plant Manager in Millen, GA, and as a Plant Manager in Smyrna, TN.

Mike DeSoto, COO, echoed the thoughts held by many who know JR, " MIWD's Carrollton manufacturing facility is gaining a fabulous leader in JR who will strengthen the foundation we have in place, while guiding us into the next phase of growth. JR's can-do spirit and attitude is infectious. "

JR is known by both his internal and external customers for building a customer-focused environment and will bring his knowledge and expertise to every facet of the Carrollton operation.

MI EnergyCore Featured in BASF's BEYOND.High Performance Home

Las Vegas, NV - MI Windows and Doors' MI EnergyCore® windows were featured in BASF’s BEYOND.High Performance℠ net-zero energy home at the International Builders Show, Jan. 22-24, in Las Vegas.

Homes built to the BEYOND.High Performance program requirements are 50 percent more energy efficient than a standard code-built home and reduce indoor water use by 20 percent or more. They incorporate renewable energy and occupant behavior to reach net-zero energy use.

"We are honored that BASF chose MI EnergyCore windows for their BEYOND.High Performance home," said Mike DeSoto, Chief Operating Officer for MIWD. "The MI EnergyCore window system is a perfect fit for net-zero energy homes like this one."

The MI EnergyCore® Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality. The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration. The dual-pane, insulated glass unit features Duralite® warm-edge single-seal spacers from Quanex Building Products that include BASF Oppanol® PIB as a key ingredient.

The windows selected featured the SuperCapSR™ bronze exterior color. SuperCapSR is a co-extruded acrylic layer that is thermally fused to the PVC creating a molecularly bonded color layer that becomes an integral part of the profile. SuperCap SR was derived from military infrared reflective technology, and its surface reflects 76% of infrared light to reduce solar heat and prevent heat-related frame distortion. The highly reflective properties of SuperCap SR prevent the heat build-up issues that have been historically problematic when darker colors are applied to PVC. Unlike painted vinyl, the tough acrylic color layer is highly scratch, chip, and chalk-resistant and 12 times harder than applied paints.

“This program introduces a new way of thinking to sustainable construction,” said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America. “The BEYOND.High Performance home focuses on the people inside the structure — how they live and their well-being. In essence, this program unites chemistry and humanity to ensure that all individual parts of the home work together to achieve comfort, efficiency and affordability.”

The net-zero energy home is a result that home builders can achieve from using the BEYOND.High Performance program offered by the Center for Building Excellence at BASF. This program provides consulting, plan reviews and other services that enable builders to construct sustainable houses affordably. This includes a wide range of metrics and features for support before, during and after the build.

The program emphasizes cost-effective techniques to reach extraordinary levels of efficiency. All homes built to the BEYOND.High Performance requirements must achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score of 50 or lower.

Innovative construction techniques include a high-performance, hybrid insulation design in the roof decking – consisting of open-cell spray foam applied on a layer of closed-cell foam. Another unique technique is the use of fluid, spray-applied flashing on the exterior for superior air and moisture barrier performance. Other features of the BEYOND.High Performance home include use of:

-insulated concrete forms,
-advanced framing techniques to reduce lumber use,
-light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and,
-low-flow faucets

“Right-sizing the mechanicals to select the right equipment is part of our holistic systems approach when building these homes. This approach allows the homeowner to enjoy smart technology and reduced energy use at an affordable cost," said Davenport. “Every aspect of this home, from the ground up, works as part of a system to create the most energy-efficient and sustainable environment possible.”

For more information about this project, or to learn more about BASF’s commitment to sustainable construction, visit www.construction.basf.us/showhome .

About the MI Windows and Doors

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. Our Team at MI Windows and Doors is Building Quality, Refining Service, Creating Opportunity, and Earning Trust. For additional information about the MI Windows and Doors, visit http://www.MIWD.com


About BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us .

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com .
 

$200 Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Windows Reinstated

 Good news for homeowners who replaced their windows in 2012 or are going to do so in 2013. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is restoring energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. The bill reinstates the 25c tax credits that expired at the end of 2011 and extends them through the end of 2013.

Several products from MI Windows and Doors qualify for the energy tax credits provided in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Windows must meet the 2010 ENERGY STAR ratings for both the U Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient to qualify for this credit. These ratings vary based on the region of the country you are located in.

Please refer to What Makes It ENERGY STAR? to determine what region you are in and which windows qualify.

The 2012 Tax Credit offers 10% of the cost of the home improvement up to a maximum of $500. In order to qualify, the home improvement must be made on an existing home and principal residence. Windows can only account for $200 of the available $500. Additionally, the new bill extends business credits of up to $2,000 for builders and contractors of new and renovated energy efficient homes.

"We think it's a really great move to help consumers afford (improvements) and encourage them to think about making these energy-efficiency investment in their homes," said Ronnie Kweller, a spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington energy-efficiency lobby. She noted that the law also contains incentives for appliance manufacturers to produce efficient clothes washers, dishwashers and refrigerators, and for home builders to construct energy-efficient homes. (Ohio.com, January 9, 2013)

All renovations, both homeowner and business, must be completed by December 31st, 2013. The bill retroactively affects projects completed in 2012.

Consult your tax professional for instructions on how to apply.

Need a Manufacturer's Certification Statment?  Download it here

About MI Windows and Doors:

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. For additional information about MI Windows and Doors, visit http://www.MIWD.com

About ENERGY STAR:

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy whose aim is to provide the public with strategies to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Learn more at www.energystar.gov

MI Windows and Doors Management Leads Ownership Transition Plan

MI Windows and Doors today announced a formal ownership transition plan to be led by the current management team at MIWD. The management team, along with the support of Pete DeSoto and ShoreView Industries, has successfully completed a transaction to purchase MI Windows and Doors from JT Walker Industries.

Pete DeSoto, an industry veteran of more than 50 years, will become Chairman of the newly formed entity. Matt DeSoto has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the business. Mike DeSoto will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Stan Sullivan will take on the role of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO).

“As MI Windows and Doors continues its long tradition of providing quality products to the housing market, I am pleased to hand over the reins to our seasoned management team whose drive and significant expertise in the fenestration industry will advance our continued growth as a leading manufacturing company," said Pete DeSoto. “I am proud that our team members at MIWD have made an indelible mark in providing best-in-class products to the building industry. Our commitment to making quality products and delivering them accurately and on-time has never been stronger. Moving forward, I am anxious to work with the management team to accelerate our efforts of being an industry leader.”

MI Windows and Doors has partnered with Minneapolis-based ShoreView Industries to complete an ownership transition of the 60 year old building products manufacturer. As a result of the transaction, ShoreView Industries will hold a significant minority interest in MIWD.

Brett Habstritt, Partner at ShoreView Industries, will join the MIWD board, and is enthusiastic about the prospects for growth. "MIWD is an industry leader and we feel that the timing could not be better to assist in the next phase of growth for the business. We are truly excited to be partnering with the MI Windows and Doors management team and Pete DeSoto on this opportunity," he said.

Matt DeSoto echoed the excitement felt about the future of MIWD, "We are quite honored with the opportunity that has been provided to us and feel very fortunate to have the best team members, customers, and suppliers in the industry. Furthermore, our entire team is thankful to have the vast experience of Pete DeSoto and the ShoreView team behind us."

About MI Windows and Doors:

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. For additional information about MI Windows and Doors, visit http://www.MIWD.com

About Shoreview Industries:

Based in Minneapolis, ShoreView Industries manages $600 million in private equity funds. ShoreView invests in established companies with operations in North America, across a wide range of industries. ShoreView structures a variety of acquisition, recapitalization and build-up transactions, typically in businesses with revenues ranging between $20 million and $300 million. For more information about ShoreView industries, visit http://www.shoreviewindustries.com

MI Windows and Doors Launches New Window Series: The HomeMaker3

MI Windows and Doors announces the launch of a new energy efficient window line, the HomeMaker3 Series.

Available in the Western Region, HomeMaker3 windows are designed to meet the new stringent energy requirements for the proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6 and are manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility in Prescott Valley, AZ.

The HomeMaker3 Series is a complete line of traditionally styled windows designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance. HomeMaker3 Series windows come standard with ¾” dual pane Low-E glass, dual weather stripping, and a certified forced entry resistant locking system.

HomeMaker3 Series windows are custom built and available in a wide range of sizes and options. There are 6 basic styles; horizontal slider, single hung, casement, awning, fixed, and architectural shapes. Each of these styles is available in continuous frame combinations to minimize the need for mulling. Windows are available in 1/8” increments of width and height and five frame options to achieve the optimum fit for new construction or replacement window projects.

All styles are available in four color combinations, numerous grid options, and multiple glass options including laminated glass. Laminated glass meets the ASTM safety glass requirements plus improves the sound transmission coefficient (STC) up to 50% and blocks 99% of the UV light which causes fading.

All styles of the HomeMaker3 Series window can be upgraded with TMAX insulating glass. TMAX glass is 3.1 mm Double Strength glass with dual seal SuperSpacer. SuperSpacer is a 100% foam, non-metallic, structural spacer, optimized for energy efficiency and improved sound absorption. TMAX HE (High Efficiency) includes a neutral colored Low-E and Argon gas. TMAX HE is ideal for northern climate zones with increased heating requirements. TMAX SC (Solar Control) is a high performance Low-E glass designed to reduce the solar heat gain of the glass by an additional 10-20% vs. a neutral color Low-E. TMAX SC is optimal southern climates with significant cooling and glare-reduction requirements.

"The line provides our dealers with a complete, feature rich and cost-effective family of products to meet the next phase of ENERGY STAR requirements," states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.

There are two solid vinyl color options available for the windows - white and adobe - which are made from an AAMA certified PVC blend that is engineered for and field-tested in extreme environments. In addition to the vinyl colors, an optional pre-finished SuperCapSR bronze exterior color is available on both the adobe and white frames. For maximum durability, the SuperCapSR color technology is co-extruded with a thermally fused acrylic to create a molecularly-fused color layer that becomes an integral part of the profile. Unlike painted vinyl, the tough acrylic color layer is highly scratch, chip, and chalk-resistant. SuperCapSR’s highly reflective properties prevents damaging heat build-up on the PVC frame.

MI Windows and Doors offers the HM-390 vinyl patio door and the EC-190 French Rail patio door as ENERGY STAR Version 6 doors which compliment the HomeMaker3 windows.

For more information about the HomeMaker3 Window Series or to find a HomeMaker3 dealer, see http://miwd.com.

 

MI Windows and Doors' Supplier ProPlastix Gets SHARP Certification

MI Windows and Doors supplier, ProPlastix and its Millersburg and Elizabethville manufacturing facilities, received Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) awards from OSHA in recognition of its safety and health management systems.

The SHARP award is presented to employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system facility. Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) qualifies ProPlastix as a model amongst its peers for work site safety and health. Out of 7 million US work sites, less than 2,000 have earned OSHA SHARP Certification.


Some of the safety improvements that the team at ProPlastix made to qualify for SHARP included:

1. Hazard anticipation and detection.

2. Hazard Prevention.

3. Assuring OSHA mandated programs are in place.

4. Maintained injury rates below national average for past three years.

5. Creation of trained safety teams for awareness and support.

One additional objective was to keep the team aware of their surroundings and continually improve all aspects of the program for the best environment for the team.

Jeff Paradise, VP of manufacturing reflected on the award, "“The SHARP certification is one award that all team members should be proud of. It not only involves assuring that all assessments associated with the program are met but more importantly assures that we are all committed to Safety First!"

Founded in 1984, Proplastix International Inc. is in the business of providing extruded and injection molded parts. Located in Millersburg and Elizabethville, Pa. the facilities have invested in equipment, tooling and technological upgrades since its inception. The facilities at Proplastix International Inc. manufactures products such as fencing, vinyl profiles, flexible, extrusion dies, foam fill and laminate.

MI Windows and Doors Added to PPL E-Power Energy-Smart Honor Roll

MI Windows and Doors, Inc., has been added to the PPL Electric Utilities’ E-Power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll for upgrading lights and other fixtures in the manufacturing facility.

The Gratz manufacturing plant recently upgraded to energy efficient T8 bulbs and fixtures, which will help to reduce energy usage at the facility. Motion detectors were also installed in key areas to also save energy.

"The team should be proud of their efforts to save energy. Saving energy not only helps reduce our carbon footprint, but also saves the company money; savings that we can pass along to our customers," said Stan Sullivan, President MIWD Eastern Division.

The E-Power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll was developed to recognize local business, institutions and non-profit organizations for taking measures to become more energy efficient.

The organizations are then listed in a directory of Honor Roll Members on the PPL website. The members are also able to utilize the Honor Roll logo to show their participation in the program.

MIWD Representative Supports Window Installation at UMC Parsonage

On November, 3, 2012, MI Windows and Doors' independent representative, Brad Holtz, from Authorized Independent Sales Firm Flyover Premier Sales, supported the installation of 20 new windows and a new front door in the parsonage of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Rising City, NE.

As with any task, the work of a church is easier when people work together. This was exemplified when people came from the sister United Methodist Church in Brainard, NE, to assist in the installation. The members of both churches installed the windows in the house while Brad Holtz gave clear instructions and guidance to ensure that the work went smoothly.

The new windows supplied by MI Windows and Doors, Inc. (MIWD), and their distributor Mid Am Building Supply, will make the parsonage more comfortable and energy efficient. The 1355 Series Windows are dual pane, argon enhanced units that were very easy to install. The new door is not only beautiful, it will also save in energy consumption. All the windows and the door were installed in less than one day.

UMC Pastor Fay Hubbarb expressed her approval of the new energy efficient windows and door, "On this lovely day people laughed, prepared food, prayed, ate and worshiped God together. The Rising City UMC will soon be a viable place for Bible Studies, group meetings, a secure place for pastors to stay in case of bad weather, and a place within the community that presents a strong and healthy image to represent God’s love and hope."

MI Window and Door’s Mid-Western Sales operations are handled by Authorized Independent Sales Firm, Flyover Premier Sales. Brad Holtz along with business partner John Perkins, lead a Flyover sales team that proudly represents MI Windows and Doors in the States of NE, KS, MO, IL, IA, WI, MI, IN, OH, and KY. Flyover’s sales staff is always eager to support any church and non-for profit organization just as they did here for the United Methodist Church.

Brad Holtz, Flyover Premier Sales Representative, was instrumental in facilitating the installation and voiced his support of the project, "The community building that occurs by bringing church members together, to preserve and maintain church assets is profound. Providing a safe and healthy environment, educating the benefits of energy efficiency, and building church unity for all parishioners was the goal behind the Rising City UMC window replacement project and Flyover Premier Sales was happy to support the effort.".

Replacing old drafty windows are clearly one of the best avenues for reducing energy consumption in any home or church. The journey towards energy efficiency is often made easier with support programs through MI Windows and Doors and local utility cooperative rebates. Flyover Premier Sales is knowledgable and able to assist in capturing these types of rebates when any church or non-profit organization calls.

Every church member that showed up to help eagerly rolled up their sleeves and worked to accomplish the project. Some picked up trash, some installed insulation around the units, and some applied sealant around the perimeter of the windows. Every participant found a role that they could fulfill including a number of the ladies of the church, who worked very hard to provide coffee and pastries in the morning, and a spectacular luncheon, all while 20+ parishioners strapped on a tool belt.

“The members of this church worked in a unified fashion and they all clearly recognized just how important the preservation of their church assets are to future generations that worship there. The members have clearly seen the value in energy efficiency and the vision for the future. I am happy to have been a partner to Rising City and the United Methodist Church. I take personal pride in the overall improvement to the appearance and the improved energy efficiency that the Rising City, NE parsonage is now realizing," said Holtz.

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures energy efficient windows and patio doors and serves the new construction and replacement window industry. The company's character, integrity, and kindness, is exemplified by the people that represent it across the country.

About Flyover Premier Sales:

Flyover Premier Sales represents MI Windows and Doors in the States of NE, KS, MO, IL, IA, WI, MI, IN, OH, and KY.
Flyover provides professional representation for many leading manufacturers in the building industry. It specializes in new product introduction, market share analysis and strategic planning for growth, fostering builder and remodeler relationships, and pull through sales efforts for all customer segments. For more information about Flyover Premier Sales, visit http://www.flyoverpremiersales.com

Contact:

Brad Holtz
Flyover Premier Sales
brad.holtz at flyoverenterprises.com

4516 SW Aft Dr.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64082
816-914-5479 Mobile

http://www.flyoverenterprises.com

 

MI Windows and Doors Awarded Crystal Achievement Award

MI Windows and Doors (MIWD), one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, was awarded a Crystal Achievment Award for Best Industry Website, Large Manufacturer, from Window & Door magazine. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing.

“I am truly impressed by the marketing category winners this year,” says Nicole Harris, Window & Door publisher. “We continue to see fresh ideas in literature and online media. It's also clear many companies are embracing new technologies, not just in making windows and doors, but selling them too.”

MI Windows & Doors launched a special site in 2011 to support its new MI EnergyCore window system. The website was designed from the ground up to take advantage of mobile devices and social media like YouTube and blogging. To make the site as user friendly and media rich as possible, new content such as product videos, customer-friendly blogging features like, “Ask the Expert” and “FAQ” were implemented. The site has been designed around several different customer types with easy access for homeowners who are looking for information about energy efficient windows and doors, professionals like builders and architects who need installation and technical information, and a password-protected dealer portal with tools to help market, sell and support the new window line.

Designed to be device neutral, the site supports all platforms, including all major web browsers, iPads and Android-based tablets, and Smartphones like Blackberrys, iPhones and Androids. It is coded using HTML 5.0 and JavaScript so that animations and videos work on all devices unlike Flash-based sites that exclude many customers who use Apple products. The mobile version of the site will load automatically and provides a robust experience while still allowing users to access the full site if they choose to.

Another unique feature of the website is the ability to create and update a custom iPad application that uses the same content. The application has been rolled out to the MI sales force and MI EnergyCore authorized dealer channel. The application is able to take selected content and download it locally to the iPad so that an internet connection is not needed to view videos, access technical documents, price lists, brochures or sell sheets.

For additional information about the MI Windows and Doors and the MI EnergyCore Window System, visit http://www.MIenergycore.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MIenergycore or Twitter at http://twitter.com/mienergycore.

About Window & Door Magazine

Published by the National Glass Association and affiliated with the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, Window & Door is the leading publication serving dealers, distributors and manufacturers of windows, doors, skylights and other fenestration and millwork products for the residential and light commercial market. In addition to the print magazine, Window & Door is available via iPad and Android tablet apps and as an online digital edition. Industry professionals also get their news from the WDweekly electronic newsletter every Wednesday and daily updates on the WindowandDoor.com website http://www.windowanddoor.com

Habitat for Humanity Receives MIWD Casement Windows

MI Windows and Doors® (MIWD), a national window and door manufacturer of Dauphin county joined members of the Habitat for Humanity team yesterday to mark the donation of  MIWD’s highly energy efficient windows from their new casement product line to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area.

HomeRite® Windows and Doors of Central PA, a provider and licensed installer of windows and patio doors donated their time to install the windows to professional standards and to local code requirements.

Nick Cecco, Owner of HomeRite Windows and Doors of Central PA said:” Quality windows are step one but having them professionally installed to ensure proper insulation and operation completes the package. We are glad we can do that for this home and the future homeowners.”

MIWD’s new casement line, released in January, is a top performer for energy efficiency, exceeding ENERGY STAR’s® standards by over 15 percent and will be Energy Star® compliant until at least 2013.

“MIWD has much respect for Habitat for Humanity and the great work that they do for our communities. We are also proud of the energy standards and design aesthetics that our window has accomplished. We are glad that these windows will go to a deserving family and will help maintain their energy bills,” said Stan Sullivan, Eastern President of MI Windows and Doors.

“We are grateful to the good folks at MI Windows and Doors and HomeRite Windows and Doors for their partnership that will help a local family have a simple, decent place to call home,” said Eve Wachhaus, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area “MI Windows and Doors has been a generous member of our community with a year after year commitment to Habitat for Humanity and the families we serve”.

About MI Windows and Doors

MI Windows and Doors, Inc., located in northern Dauphin county has been a leading manufacturer of home products for over 60 years providing quality, efficient products throughout the United States. MI has long contributed to Habitat for Humanity by donating windows and doors to many new construction and rehab projects. MIWD has raised nearly $1 million through sponsorships from their network of suppliers, customers and community friends for the Annual Habitat for Humanity Golf outing over the past thirteen years. For more information, visit www.miwd.com

About HomeRite Windows and Doors

HomeRite Windows and Doors is a leader in the retro-fit industry. HomeRite’s reputation is built on providing high quality, state-of-the-art products to their communities as well as a commitment to training and supporting their team members and installers. For more information, visit www.homeritewd.com

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical ministry that welcomes all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its inception in 1986, the Harrisburg area affiliate has built 65 houses, built 87 homes internationally and completed over 185 Home Repairs by providing simple, decent and affordable shelter with families in need. For more information, visit www.harrisburghabitat.org

MIWD Launches Vinyl Replacement Windows in Southern Division

Carrollton, TX – MI Windows and Door’s Southern Division has begun manufacturing the 1500 and 1600 Series vinyl replacement windows in Carrollton, TX. The 1500 and 1600 Series offers two product lines to meet customers’ needs. Both lines are proven products, as they have been a premium platform for MIWD’s Eastern Division.

The 1555 series meets ENERGY STAR ratings in all zones and provides great value. The 1650 series is a feature rich product that offers many aesthetic and energy efficient options and upgrades. With triple pane glass, the 1650 series qualifies for the Department of Energy’s R-5 Volume Purchase Program and in 2011; the DOE’s Program named MI Windows and Doors the number one selling R-5 Window Manufacturer.

“MIWD’s Southern Division is proud to introduce these highly energy efficient windows into our product offering. We now have a complete vinyl replacement window program that will help our customers expand their market opportunities,” states Curtis Jaska, Vice President of Sales, Southern Division.

A variety of sizes and styles are available including double hung, casement, horizontal slider, awning, bay, bow, picture window, and geometric shapes.

 

MI Windows and Doors Donates Windows to Homes for Our Troops

MI Windows and Doors (MIWD), one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, donated and helped to install a complete window package of new MI EnergyCore windows into a Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) home being built in Parker, Colorado.  The home was built for Army Corporal Nick Orchowski and his family.

Homes for Our Troops provides homes at no cost to eligible veterans by raising donations of money, building materieals, and professional labor.  The Charity Watch, one of the country’s premier charity watchdog organizations, has included Homes for Our Troops in their "Top-Rated Veterans & Military Charities" listing.  Only 7 of the 40 Veterans charities rated by AIP are included in the Top-Rated Category.

Army Corporal Nick Orchowski was on his first deployment when he was left a quadriplegic after being thrown from the gunner’s hatch of a vehicle that was hit during an insurgents' attack, in Baghdad, Iraq in May 2004. Married only four days before deploying to Iraq, CPL Orchowski was the main gunner of the lead vehicle in a convoy, when they came under attack while on the main supply route leading into Baghdad. Orchowski suffered fractures of C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae and was immediately paralyzed from the neck down.

“We are grateful for the thousands of donors supporting our mission, such as MI Windows and Doors, whose generosity and support has helped enable Homes for Our Troops to build this home for Nick Orchowski and his family,” said Kenneth Preston, President, Homes for Our Troops.

Nick expressed his thanks to those who are helping to provide him with a specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops.  "Thank you for your support and kindness, not only have you honored me as a veteran of combat, but you have also changed my family's lives as well. I will no longer have to adapt to the un-adapted. I have had to rely on other people to help me with most things in my new home. I will now be able to be more independent. Homes for Our Troops and their volunteers and donors depict the True American Spirit! Thank you," he said.

The MI EnergyCore Window System has been recognized as one of the energy efficient windows available on the market today and was recently awarded the 2011 Product of the Year Award for energy efficiency by Builder News Magazine.  What this means for  Nick and his family is that they will have lower energy bills as well as stronger, more secure, and quieter windows.

Mike Schnitker, Regional Sales Manager, assisted with the installation. "It was satisfying knowing that these MI EnergyCore windows are going to such a good cause. They installed easily and I was proud of the job that our team did to produce such a quality product. These windows will provide Nick with many years of energy savings."

Volunteers are needed to complete the landscaping at the home.  Please join the team for the Volunteer Day on June 30, 2012.  Volunteers should bring shovels, rakes, gloves, buckets, work clothes,  gloves, coolers and ice for the day!  The home is located at 3004 Coal Creek Street, Parker, CO 80138.  There will also be fundraising opportunities on site to raise donations for CPL Nick Orchowski's home. HFOT Gear will be sold and there will be a Pancake Breakfast that morning at the site.

MI Windows and Doors is commited to giving back to the community and especially to organizations that support our men and women in uniform. Over the last 10 years, MI Windows and Doors has donated over $1.2M in products and services to charity.

About Homes for Our Troops

About Homes for Our Troops: Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Taunton, Mass. founded in 2004. Homes for Our Troops’ mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors. Homes for Our Troops has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, Mail us at: Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780 or Phone: 508-823-3300 or Toll Free: (866) 7 TROOPS,  http://www.homesforourtroops.org
 

MI Windows and Doors Gratz Plant Receives SHARP Award

Gratz, PA – MI Windows and Doors, Inc., and its Gratz manufacturing facility received a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA in
recognition of its safety and health management systems. This is now the second manufacturing facility that has received this award. The Hegins, PA facility recently received a recertification of their SHARP award.

The SHARP award is presented to employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system facility. Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) qualifies MI Windows and Doors as a model amongst its peers for work site safety and health. Out of 7 million US work sites, less than 2,000 have earned OSHA SHARP Certification.

To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all identified hazards, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place, and maintain injury rates below the national average for the last three years. The MIWD Gratz manufacturing facility’s final day of full inspection occurred on February 1, 2012.

Some of the safety improvements that the team at Gratz made to quality for SHARP included:  improvements to machine guarding to prevent all types of injuries, designing processes and jobs to be ergonomically friendly, cross training and job rotation, creation of safety teams for more awareness and team support, and training new and existing employees of all types of hazards.

One additional objective was to keep the team aware of their surroundings and continually improve all aspects of the program for the best environment for the team.

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures energy efficient windows and patio doors and serves the new construction and replacement window industry. MIWD’s focus on safety, quality and accuracy is enhanced by the principles of lean manufacturing, a practice MIWD has been using for a number of years.
 

MI Windows and Doors Named Top Manufacturer of R-5 Windows for 2011

MI Windows and Doors, Inc., one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, has been named the top manufacturer of R-5 Windows  for 2011, according to the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. MIWD offers two complete product lines that meet the required .22 U-Value program requirement. MI Windows and Doors takes pride in producing energy efficient windows and continues to invest in next generation products that surpass the R-5 program requirements.

The goal of the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program is to expand the market for highly insulating windows by reducing market barriers and offering window products at attractive prices, thus making highly insulated windows more affordable. Manufacturers that participate in the program are required to report total unit sales of R-5 Windows monthly, and after totaling the 2011 year, MI Windows and Doors sold the most units out of the 26 participating manufacturers.

Josh Williard, the R-5 Program Manager at MIWD, reiterated the advantages that the program offers consumers, "MI Windows and Doors has been on board with the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program since the beginning. We understand the value of highly energy efficient windows and continue to promote their benefits to our customers every day".

The Windows Volume Purchase Program team has also recently announced new changes to the participation requirements including the elimination of the 20-window minimum purchase requirement. Without a minimum purchase requirement, more homeowners can take advantage of attractive pricing and make their homes more energy efficient.

For more information about the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program, please visit www.windowsvolumepurchase.org.

About the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program
 
The Department of Energy's Windows Volume Purchase Program is a market transformation effort that allows potential buyers of highly insulating windows and storm windows to obtain bids from a consortium of qualified window vendors. The program brings together buyers and industry partners to overcome the price barrier of highly insulating windows (a U-factor of around 0.22) and low-E storm windows and to increase their widespread market commercialization for maximum energy savings. This program not only increases the availably of these products, but provides an explanation of benefits associated with these high performance products.
 

MI Windows and Doors Hegins Plant Receives SHARP Recertification

MI Windows and Doors, Inc., and its Hegins manufacturing facility received recertification of a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA in recognition of its safety and health management systems. This is the second time that the facility has been awarded the certificate.

The SHARP award is presented to employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system facility. Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) qualifies MI Windows and Doors as a model amongst its peers for work site safety and health. Out of 7 million US work sites, less than 2,000 have earned OSHA SHARP Certification.

Some of the safety improvements that the team at Hegins made to quality for SHARP included:

1.  Improvements to machine guarding to prevent all types of injuries.
2.  Designing processes and jobs to be ergonomically friendly.
3.  Cross training and job rotation.
4.  Creation of safety teams for more awareness and team support.
5.  Train and instruct new and existing employees of all types of hazards.

One additional objective was to keep the team aware of their surroundings and continually improve all aspects of the program for the best environment for the team.

Doug Reed, the General Manager, of the Hegins manufacturing facility, reflected on the award, "I am proud of the strides that all of our team members have made to receive this honor. The bottom line is that our team members are going home to their families as safe and sound as possible."

Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures energy efficient windows and patio doors and serves the new construction and replacement window industry. MI’s focus on safety, quality and accuracy is enhanced by the principles of lean manufacturing, a practice which is embedded within the MI culture.
 

MI Windows and Doors Named One of Top 25 Energy Efficient Window Manufacturers

San Francisco, Calif. (March 12, 2012) — MI Windows and Doors has been named one of the top 25 window manufacturers of energy efficient window products by the web site, ReplacementWindowsForDummies.com. 

After reviewing window and fenestration research from a number of independent research organizations, www.ReplacementWindowsForDummies.com has compiled a list of the top 25 window manufacturers who received high marks for producing energy efficient, durable and quality fenestration products, specifically windows, for U.S. homeowners.

Factors which were independently tested and reviewed in creating the list of the top energy efficient window manufacturers included thermal transmittance or ‘U-factor’, the solar heat gain coefficient or ‘SHGC’, visible transmittance or ‘VT’, air leakage, ‘AL’ and condensation resistance or ‘CR’. Additional considerations included product performance over time, return on investment and demonstrated commitment to new product innovations.

To see the Top 25 List, please go to http://www.replacementwindowsfordummies.com/articles/top-25-energy-efficient-window-manufacturers

www.ReplacementWindowsForDummies.com reviewed independent research from a number of leading non-profit research organizations specializing in efficient window performance testing and design component analysis in compiling the top 25 window manufacturers list.
 

MI Windows and Doors Plants Nationwide Improve Performance

MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, released its Shipped On Time and Complete Performance metrics for its manufacturing plants. The average for all plants in 2011 improved to 99.5% compared to 98.6% in 2010. Shipped On Time and Complete Performance is a measure of the number of orders that were shipped with all of the windows and doors that were purchased on one order.

"Our customers have told us that when they place an order for a window and door package, one of their highest expectations is that the order will ship with all of the products in that order," stated Jeff Paradise, Senior Vice President Operations, for MI Windows and Doors. "And so we've been measuring our plants on this metric to gauge how we are meeting this expectation. We are proud of the job our teams have been doing as it relates to Shipped Complete goal at all of our plants. It’s just like flying; you have to know where you are to know where you want to go!"

In order to increase the performance year over year, teams were asked to come up with ideas that would help eliminate issues that prevented the ongoing 100% goal from being attained. One of the ideas that surfaced by a team at the Gratz plant was to refine the process of fabricating the custom glass and grids creating additional time to respond to customer requests. This was a small change but one that made a difference.

"MI Windows and Doors takes great pride in delivering some of the most energy efficient windows on the market quickly and completely. Our achievement of Shipped On Time and Complete for 2011 is something that we are proud of," said Lynn Harner, the Gratz Plant Manager.

MI Windows and Doors has embraced the principle of continuous improvement across the whole organization. Plant leadership promotes an atmosphere of continuous learning and fosters an environment that not only accepts, but embraces change. Team members are engaged through active participation to improve all aspects of the production process.
 

 

MIWD Releases an Architectural Resource Directory for MI EnergyCore

 MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, has released an Architectural Resource Directory for the MI EnergyCore Window System on its website at www.mienergycore.com. The MI EnergyCore Window System is the most complete and simple solution for the architect seeking high performance light commercial windows.

The Architectural Resource Directory includes test reports, glass configurations, technical specifications including thermal and structural performance, STC ratings, a CSI 3 Part Specification, and detail drawings in DWG, DXF, and PDF formats. The Archtictural Resource Directory will allow architects, design professionals, and builders to get the information they need to specify the award-winning windows.

"There are lots of products that provide high design pressures (>/=DP-40), OR low U values (<.20), OR high STC ratings (40), OR dark color options.  There are very few that offer all of these things in one window series and across the breadth of window styles and configurations that we are offering in the MI EnergyCore window system,” states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.

Builder News Magazine (bnmag.com) selected the MI EnergyCore Windows System as the best energy efficient building product for 2011. The windows were selected from the hundreds of new building products that were released in 2011. The editors of BUILDERnews Magazine selected the top two products in each of 14 categories, representing the most innovative, energy efficient, inventive and useful product introductions of 2011.
 
The window system uses AirCell PVC technology, a patented, 100% recyclable, material that is co-extruded and thermally bonded into the frame. A standard dual pane MI EnergyCore Window meets the proposed Energy Star 2013 standards in all zones.  When upgraded to triple pane glass, the system meets the Department of Energy R-5 standards in all styles and in any configuration.  
 

The high performance frame uses truss internal webbing which maximizes the torsional and in-line strength.  All styles achieve an AAMA Performance Grade of LC-40 and can comfortably support the added weight of triple pane glass.
  
MI EnergyCore windows can be upgraded with TMAX SQS Laminated glass.  Laminated glass adds the safety, sound control and UV protection.   Laminated glass is highly break resistant, reduces the sound transmission up to 50%, and blocks 99% of the UV light that cause fading, all without compromising energy efficiency or clarity. MI EnergyCore Windows are available in a patented, thermally fused, SuperCapSR exterior acrylic cap bronze color that reflects 76% of the infrared light thereby preventing heat build-up on the frame.
 
The MI EnergyCore Window System’s unique design results in a more energy efficient, more secure, stronger and quieter window with traditional style.
 
The Architectural Resource Directory can be found at: http://www.mienergycore.com/professionals/arch_resources/

Habitat for Humanity Receives MI EnergyCore Energy Efficient Windows

On January 16th, 2012, MI Windows and Doors (MIWD), one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, donated and installed a complete window package of new MI EnergyCore windows into a Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) home being built in Chino Valley, Arizona.  The Slider and Single Hung styles that were installed are the latest offering of the MI EnergyCore Window System and were released in October of 2011.

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality. The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell PVC frame technology, TMAX Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration.

The frame is manufactured with a patented AirCell PVC material that is co-extruded and thermally bonded. This creates a fully insulated, corner welded frame that results in superior energy efficiency and strength. The frame is designed to support triple pane insulating glass to maximum residential sizes in any style. Additional strength is achieved thru internal aluminum reinforcements at the lock rails for maximum security.

What this means for the new deserving Habitat for Humanity homeowners is that they will have lower energy bills and will have stronger, more secure, and quieter windows.

Jim Laipple, the Product Manager for the new MI EnergyCore product line, assisted with the installation. "It was satisfying knowing that these MI EnergyCore windows are going to such a good cause. They installed easily and I was proud of the job that our team did to produce such a quality product. These windows will provide the homeowner with many years of energy savings."

The MI EnergyCore Window System has been recognized as one of the energy efficient windows available on the market today and was recently awarded the 2011 Product of the Year Award for energy efficiency by Builder News Magazine. See http://www.bnmag.com/ for the complete list of winners.

The Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity was established to help families living in unsafe or inadequate housing to become homeowners by providing zero-interest mortgages with no cash down. Building of the home becomes a team effort between Habitat for Humanity and the new homeowners as the families must also assist in the construction of their homes. The overall experience is unforgettable for the volunteers as they work with the new homeowners and for the new homeowners from the pride they have when they receive the keys to their new home.

Over the last 10 years, MI Windows and Doors has donated over $1.2M in products and services to Habitat for Humanity.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. Habitat for Humanity International is ranked as the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States with 6,032 closings in 2010, according to Builder magazine’s annual survey. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit prescotthabitat.org or call Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity at (928) 445-8003.
 

MIWD Announces New Casement Platform Focused On Energy Efficient Design

GRATZ, PA- MI Windows and Doors released their new energy efficient and design focused casement platform into the window market this month. The company’s casement window has been designed to meet and exceed demands for long lasting energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal and price.

 “The new casement has been designed from scratch as opposed to being modified; something that is more common in the industry. The benefit in this ground floor approach is that we did our homework, and literally created a casement window that answers the needs of our customers on every angle,” says Stan Sullivan, Eastern President of MI Windows and Doors, a leading window and door manufacturer in the U.S., based in Gratz, PA. “MI is a vertically integrated company as a whole so having our design engineers, testing facility, sales team focus groups and manufacturing process teams together on this, I am confident this is a homerun,” added.

Casement windows are commonly featured in rooms where the hinged open design and full ventilation is well supported, often in bathrooms, kitchens, offices but are a great, full window for any room. As with any single or double hung window, it is important to find windows that are thermally efficient, meet or exceed Energy Star® standards and are designed to add to your homes aesthetic appeal.

MI’s casement window will meet ENERGY STAR standards until 2013 and are offered for new construction and replacement designs.

MI EnergyCore Wins BUILDERnews Magazine Best Product Award

BUILDERnews Magazine, a publication of PNW Publishing, announced that the MI EnergyCore Window System won its 2011 Best Product Award in the energy efficiency category.

Each year hundreds of new building products are released. The editors of BUILDERnews Magazine selected the top two products in each of 14 categories, representing the most innovative, energy efficient, inventive and useful product introductions of 2011. The products will be showcased in the December issue and online at www.bnmag.com.

"It's an honor to be selected as a 2011 Best Product by the editors of BUILDERnews," states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.  "Our team at MI Windows and Doors has worked hard to create one the most energy efficient windows on the market, and to be recognized by receiving this coveted award is gratifying."

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality.  The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration. The thoughtful design of the MI EnergyCore Series results in windows that are substantially more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter.

For additional information about the MI Windows and Doors and the MI EnergyCore Window System, visit http://www.MIenergycore.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MIenergycore or Twitter at http://twitter.com/mienergycore

About MI Windows and Doors

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy-efficient vinyl, aluminum and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. Our Team at MI Windows and Doors is Building Quality, Refining Service, Creating Opportunity, and Earning Trust.

About BUILDERnews Magazine

A publication of PNW Publishing, Inc., BUILDERnews, now celebrating its 15th year in the building industry, is an integrated media brand that offers top executives in residential and multifamily construction, as well as designers, architects and engineers, competitive regional and national insight and information on issues and trends, tools, materials, management and governmental regulations. (www.bnmag.com)

U-Values and STC Ratings for MI EnergyCore Energy Efficient Windows

MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, has released test results including U-Values and STC Ratings for its new MI EnergyCore™ Window System on its website at mienergycore.com.

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality.  The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration. The thoughtful design of the MI EnergyCore Series results in products that are substantially more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter. 

The line provides a complete, cost-effective family of products to meet the next phase of ENERGY STAR requirements and qualify for the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Program (R-5). "Most high performance window systems offered today involve complicated exceptions. For example, some styles meet the grade while other styles or configurations do not. MI EnergyCore is designed to meet the grade in any style or any configuration. Therefore, homeowners do not need to sacrifice style or aesthetic upgrades to gain performance," states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.

The frame is manufactured with a patented AirCell PVC material that is co-extruded and thermally bonded.  This creates a fully insulating, corner-welded frame that results in superior energy efficiency and strength. The frame also incorporates oversized balance pockets and optimally placed internal webbing to handle the weight of 1 1/8" OA triple pane insulating glass across the entire size catalog, and with any grid or glass combination including tempered and laminate glass.  The primary purpose of these design features are to support the weight and optimum IG (Insulated Glass) thickness of triple pane glass.  These same features allow the system to be glazed with laminate or dual laminate glass without compromising thermal performance or grid options.  Furthermore, the MI EnergyCore design maintains air infiltration at less than .015 cfm/ft2 (half the certification limit of .30 cfm / ft2).   Air Infiltration resistance and sound control are strongly correlated.  

MI EnergyCore standard TMAX glass package is offered with two laminate glass upgrade options:  TMAX SQS™ (Safety, Quiet and Solar Control) and TMAX STC™.  The laminate glass used in both packages incorporates a .030” thick PVB interlayer that is specifically designed to block sound transmission.   TMAX SQS includes a single piece of laminate glass on the interior pane and achieves STC numbers in the mid thirties across the entire product line.  TMAX STC is an 1 1/8” OA panel with laminate glass on both the interior and exterior pane.  TMAX STC has been certified with STC values between 38-41 across the entire product line.  These values equate to a window that is approximately 50% quieter than the typical dual pane window and makes MI EnergyCore one of the most effective and practical sound control windows on the market.  Most noise reduction window solutions can only achieve this level of noise reduction with bulky and costly 4 pane systems that limit style and installation options. MI EnergyCore windows with TMAX STC laminated glass are available in all window styles including Tilt Double Hung, Casement, Awning, Picture Window, Slider, and Single Hung windows.

Some selected window configurations:

MI EnergyCore U-Values and STC Ratings Summary Chart

To see a complete chart of the technical specifications:  http://www.mienergycore.com/professionals/tech-specs/

The summaries of the test results are posted here: http://www.mienergycore.com/professionals/test-reports/

New How It's Made Video Released for Phase II of MI EnergyCore Launch

PRESCOTT, Arizona -- October 3, 2011 --  MI Windows and Doors released a new version of the the its MI EnergyCore iPad sales application featuring a new How It's Made: MI EnergyCore Windows video and updated technical specifications.  The release was made in conjuction with the Phase II of MI EnergyCore Window Launch that is being held in Prescott at the Hassayampa Inn from October 4 - 6, 2011.

The iPad sales application was updated for release at the MI EnergyCore Phase II Launch event that brings enthusiastic dealers, vendors, and MIWD personnel together to learn about the new MI EnergyCore product line.  The dealers will receive two days of intensive training on the energy efficient windows and will leave as Certified MI EnergyCore Dealers.  The event will culminate with a golf tournament that will raise money for the Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity orgranization.

The How It's Made: MI EnergyCore Windows video was produced by Big Picture Video from Prescott and was shot on location at the Prescott Valley manufacturing facility of MI Windows and Doors.  It shows the process of how the new energy efficient windows are made using state of the art production techniques starting with glass cutting through the packaging of the finished windows.

"Jeff Roberson, Cadu Medina and the rest of the team from Big Picture did an amazing job in helping us tell the MI EnergyCore story," notes Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western Division.  "The video really shows how the team takes pride making high quality energy efficient windows here in Prescott Valley."

The video is 4:03 long and can be found on the MI EnergyCore website's video library or on it's YouTube channel.

Also added to the iPad sales application were new technical specifications that include U-Values, SHGC, and STC values.  The test results were recently received from the testing laboratory and validated the engineering efforts that make the windows more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter. 

Mike Maystadt, Technical Services Manager at MIWD, has been testing windows and doors for over 15 years, and said, "I was impressed how well the windows performed.  Not only are the windows energy efficient, but when using the Dual Pane TMAX HE STC MAX laminated glass package, they perform better in the sound control area than any other window I've tested.  The Slider and Single Hung styles achieved an STC rating of 41 which is exceptional and will offer consumers real value when they are looking for sound control options."

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality.  The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell PVC frame technology, TMAX Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration.

For additional information about the MI Windows and Doors and the MI EnergyCore Window System, visit http://www.MIenergycore.com.

About Big Picture Video

Big Picture Video is an award winning, Northern Arizona based, full service video production company.  They have been serving companies, producers, and TV networks since 1990, and specialize in humanitarian, corporate, promotional and training videos, TV shows, and television and radio commercials.  Their staff has earned a solid reputation for its professionalism, ability to work under a variety of situations, and and eagerness to "go the extra mile" to make a production the best it can be.  Their services include script writing, directing and producing, location scouting, freelance shooting, editing, casting direction, and audio recording.  For more information, see http://www.bigpicturevideo.net.

 

Habitat for Humanity Receives First Installation of MI EnergyCore Windows

 On August 29th, 2011, MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, donated and installed a complete window package of new MI EnergyCore™ windows into a Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) home being built in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

This was the first ever installation of the new MI EnergyCore Window System. The highly energy efficient casement and awning windows were installed by employees of MI Windows and Doors with triple pane TMAX HE LoE glass packages for maximum energy savings.

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality. The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration.

The frame is manufactured with a patented AirCell PVC material that is co-extruded and thermally bonded. This creates a fully insulated, corner welded frame that results in superior energy efficiency and strength. The frame is designed to support triple pane insulating glass to maximum residential sizes in any style. Additional strength is achieved thru internal aluminum reinforcements at the lock rails for maximum security.

What this means for the new deserving Habitat for Humanity homeowner is that her energy bills will be lower and she has stronger, more secure, and quieter windows.

Dan Cummings, General Manager of the Prescott Valley MI Windows and Doors factory, assisted with the installation. "It was satisfying knowing that the first MI EnergyCore windows to ever be installed were going to such a good cause. They installed flawlessly and I was proud of the job that our team did to produce such a quality product. These windows will provide the homeowner with many years of energy savings."

The Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity was established to help families living in unsafe or inadequate housing to become homeowners by providing zero-interest mortgages with no cash down. Building of the home becomes a team effort between Habitat for Humanity and the new homeowners as the families must also assist in the construction of their homes. The overall experience is unforgettable for the volunteers as they work with the new homeowners and for the new homeowners from the pride they have when they receive the keys to their new home.

"Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to be the first to have the new EnergyCore windows installed in our current build in Prescott Valley. We are especially pleased for the homeowner who will have increased energy efficiency resulting in lower utility costs and sustained affordability," said PAHH Executive Director Miriam Haubrich. PAHH is always in need of volunteers and no construction background or skills are required. For more information and to find out how you can help, contact Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity at (928) 445-8003.

Over the last 10 years, MI Windows and Doors has donated over $1.2M in products and services to Habitat for Humanity.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. Habitat for Humanity International is ranked as the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States with 6,032 closings in 2010, according to Builder magazine’s annual survey. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit prescotthabitat.org or call Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity at (928) 445-8003.

MIWD Now Taking Orders for MI EnergyCore Energy Efficient Windows

Prescott Valley, AZ - Customers eagerly awaiting the new energy efficient window and door line, the MI EnergyCore™ Window System, can begin placing their orders today announced MI Windows and Doors (MIWD).  The following styles are now available: Double Hung, Casement, Picture Window, Awning, and French Rail Patio Door.

Seth Wych, Sales Representative, from Walker Windows (http://www.walkerwindows.com/) in Anaheim, CA, an MI EnergyCore Certified Dealer, commented, “We are pleased to be able to start ordering the MI EnergyCore product line today.  We already have quoted the product on several large projects and the builders and architects that we have exposed the products to have responded positively; these new products are definitely a game changer compared to other products in the market and are setting the bar for energy efficiency."  Adds, Wych, "MIWD provides us with top-notch sales support with a combination of our knowledgeable sales rep, Jack Fisher, and the stellar support we get from our inside sales rep, Roxy Saenz.  On top of the team, the customized iPad  sales application allows us to present the product line effectively and efficiently.”

The MI EnergyCore Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality.  The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration.

The line provides a complete, cost-effective family of products to meet the next phase of ENERGY STAR requirements and to qualify for the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Program (R-5). "Most high performance window systems offered today involve complicated exceptions. For example, some styles meet the grade while other styles or configurations do not. MI EnergyCore is designed to meet the grade in any style or any configuration. Therefore, homeowners do not need to sacrifice style or aesthetic upgrades to gain performance," states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.

Laminate glass option now avaialble!  For added security and sound control the MI EnergyCore windows can be upgraded with SQS Laminate glass.  Like the laminate glass in an automobile windshield, SQS glass provides safety from internal or external penetration.  Additionally, the unique PVB interlayer reduces the sound transmission by up to 50% while providing over 99% UV protection. 

In order to successfully ramp up the production of the MI EnergyCore Window System, a two phase launch has been planned for. Phase 1 (now avaiable) will include the release of the following window styles: Double Hung, Casement, Picture Window, Awning, and French Rail Patio Door; and Phase 2 (October 1) will add Single Hung, Single Slider, XOX, Combination Slide Windows, and the Specialty Shape windows to the product line.

"Our window dealers and their customers desire a good, better, best offering," adds DeSoto. "MIWD strives to be best-in-class in each of these categories and MI EnergyCore met our test for the best. The products are designed to be significantly more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter than any other complete family of products on the market."

The windows and doors are available from MI EnergyCore Certified Dealers, who have been trained and certified to best present the features and benefits of the new energy efficient window system.

For more information about the MI EnergyCore Window System, or to find an MI EnergyCore Certified Dealer, see http://mienergycore.com

MIWD Launches New Energy Efficient Window System: MI EnergyCore™

Prescott Valley, AZ - MI Windows and Doors (MIWD) announced that it has launched a new energy efficient window and door line, the MI EnergyCore™ Window System, which is manufactured on a new state-of-the-art production line in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

The MI EnergyCore™ Window System is designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance without compromising style and functionality. The system’s high performance is derived from a combination of patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, TMAX™ Insulating Glass, and a design that incorporates numerous physical barriers against air and water infiltration.

The line provides a complete, cost-effective family of products to meet the next phase of ENERGY STAR requirements and to qualify for the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Program (R-5). "Most high performance window systems offered today involve complicated exceptions. For example, some styles meet the grade while other styles or configurations do not. MI EnergyCore™ is designed to meet the grade in any style or any configuration. Therefore, homeowners do not need to sacrifice style or aesthetic upgrades to gain performance," states Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western division.

The frame is manufactured with a patented AirCell™ PVC material that is co-extruded and thermally bonded. This creates a fully insulating, corner welded frame that results in superior energy efficiency and strength. The frame also incorporates oversized balance pockets and optimally placed internal webbing to handle the weight of 1 1/8 OA triple pane insulating glass across the entire size catalog, and with any grid or glass combination including tempered and laminate glass. These important design attributes result in one of the most comprehensive offerings of R-5 (u-value .20) windows on the market. Not only is the frame extremely energy efficient, but it is also environmentally-friendly, made of 20% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

Numerous air and water barriers are engineered into the panel and frame interface. These barriers include multiple contact points of weather stripping and/or compression bulbs, reinforced/interlocking meeting rails, and a pocketed sill with a sloped drainage path. These features are designed to prevent air and water infiltration even in harsh conditions. All styles of the MI EnergyCore™ Series have been tested to an AAMA Performance Grade LC-40 or above.

There are two solid vinyl color options available for the windows: white and adobe, made from an AAMA certified PVC Blend which is engineered for, and field-tested in extreme environments. In addition to the vinyl colors, an optional pre-finished SuperCapSR™ bronze exterior color is available on both the adobe and white frames. For maximum durability, the SuperCapSR™ color technology is co-extruded with a thermally fused acrylic to create a molecularly-fused color layer that becomes an integral part of the profile. Unlike painted vinyl, the tough acrylic color layer is highly scratch, chip, and chalk-resistant and 12 times harder than applied paints. SuperCapSR’s highly reflective properties prevents damaging heat build-up on the PVC frame.

For added security and sound control the MI EnergyCore™ windows can be upgraded with SQS Laminate glass. Like the laminate glass in an automobile windshield, SQS glass provides safety from internal or external penetration. Additionally, the unique PVB interlayer reduces the sound transmission by up to 50% while providing over 99% UV protection.

To compliment the efficient window line, a French Rail Patio Door is offered as well. The MI EnergyCore™ French Rail Patio Door offers superior thermal performance and is built using MikronWood, a solid core thermoplastic material that is rot-proof and nearly impervious to insects, moisture and humidity. The result is a traditional mortise and tenon joined door with the look and feel of a wood door but the weather-resistant, high energy efficiency and no-maintenance advantages of a composite.

The entire line incorporates the rich features and options expected in a premium window line including PVD plated hardware, stainless steel coastal packages and extruded aluminum screen frames with Clarity™ mesh.

To support the window launch, MIWD has developed a multi-pronged marketing strategy that includes mobile and social media tools and an iPad application in addition to traditional tools like a robust website.

The website has been designed around customer types with easy access for homeowners who are looking for information about energy efficient windows and doors, professionals like builders and architects who need installation and technical information, and a password-protected dealer portal with tools to help market, sell, and support the new window line. The website is media-rich and has been designed to be accessible via all devices including all web browsers, tablets, and Smartphones with both web and mobile-friendly versions.

The marketing strategy also includes a comprehensive social media campaign, and it has launched a Facebook page, http://facebook.com/mienergycore, a Twitter feed, http://twitter.com/mienergycore, and a YouTube Channel, http://YouTube.com/mienergycore.

A custom iPad application has been developed for MI EnergyCore™ Certified Dealers that allows them to have instant access to specs, brochures, and videos that have been developed to explain the advantages of the windows and doors. It allows technical, sales, and marketing materials to be updated electronically saving time and resources.

The company is in the final stages of testing the windows and will start taking orders on August 15th. In order to successfully ramp up the production of the MI EnergyCore Window System, a two phase launch has been planned for. Phase 1 will be complete in August and Phase 2 in September. Phase 1 will include the release of the following window styles: Double Hung, Casement, Picture Window, Awning, and French Rail Patio Door; and Phase 2 will add Single Hung, Single Slider, XOX, Combination Slide Windows, and the Specialty Shape windows to the product line.

"Our window dealers and their customers desire a good, better, best offering," adds DeSoto. "MIWD strives to be best-in-class in each of these categories and MI EnergyCore™ met our test for the best. The products are designed to be significantly more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter than any other complete family of products on the market."

The windows and doors will be sold through MI EnergyCore™ Certified Dealers, who have been trained and certified to best present the features and benefits of the new energy efficient window system. Window dealers who are interested in finding out how to sell the new product line can find more information on the website.

For more information about the MI EnergyCore™ Window System, or to find an MI EnergyCore™ Certified Dealer, see http://mienergycore.com

MIWD Launches New Website to Sell MI EnergyCore Windows

Prescott Valley, AZ - MI Windows and Doors announced that its new website is now live at http://MIenergycore.com.  The site is media-rich and has been designed to be accessible via all devices including all web browsers, tablets, and Smartphones with both web and mobile-friendly versions.  The mobile version will load automatically and provides and robust experience while still allowing users to access the full site if they choose to.

The site has been designed around customer types with easy access for homeowners who are looking for information about energy efficient windows and doors, professionals like builders and architects who need installation and technical information, and a password-protected dealer portal with tools to help market, sell, and support the new window line.

The site is launching in conjunction with a product launch event starting today at the Prescott Resort and Conference center.  At this three day event, MIWD’s top dealers, salespeople and industry partners will learn more about the products and the marketing tools that have been created to help sell the new line.  Dealers attending the event will complete the training required to become MI EnergyCore Certified Dealers.

Designed from the ground up to be device neutral, the site will support all platforms including all major web browsers, iPads and Android-based tablets, and Smartphones like Blackberrys, iPhones, and Androids.  It is coded using HTML 5.0 and JavaScript so that animations and videos work on all devices unlike Flash-based sites that exclude many customers who use Apple products.  The mobile version of the site will load automatically and provides a robust experience while still allowing users to access the full site if they choose to.

Patrick Schutte, Business Development Consultant for MIWD designed the site and then partnered with Webvanta Inc., a Sebastapol CA based technology company, to build it.  Says Schutte, "Webvanta is known for its hosted CMS website solutions, and we selected them to build our new MI EnergyCore web site and its companion iPad application.  Webvanta offered a unique solution that allowed us to deploy to the web, mobile devices, and to an iPad application simultaneously."

“We believe there are many opportunities to help businesses sell more products through an integrated strategy that encompasses their desktop site, mobile site, iPhone and iPad apps, and social media. Our database-driven hosted CMS platform provides an efficient tool for executing on this strategy, and our professional services team provides painless, turnkey solutions that let our customers move forward aggressively without getting bogged down in technology, “ explains Michael Slater, the CEO of Webvanta.

The website is just one component of MIWD's multi-pronged information access strategy that includes mobile and social media tools and an iPad application in addition to traditional tools like a robust website.  As part of its social media campaign, it has already launched a Facebook page, http://facebook.com/mienergycore, a Twitter feed, http://twitter.com/mienergycore, and a YouTube Channel, http://YouTube.com/mienergycore.

"We're going to the next level with this new MI EnergyCore product line," notes Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western Division. "We believe this is a unique, premium product in the West that gives us and our dealers a competitive advantage.  Our new website allows homeowners, professional, and our dealers to have quick and easy access to information about the new energy efficient windows and doors."
 

iPads and Custom Application Deployed to MIWD Sales Force

Prescott Valley, AZ - MI Windows and Doors announced that it has deployed Apple iPad 2.0 tablets equipped with a customized iPad application to its sales force.  The tablets, along with the application, will allow the team to access sales tools such as videos, brochures, technical specifications, and sell sheets that will help them more effectively sell the new MI EnergyCore energy efficient window system. 

The iPad application has the content embedded in it so no access to the internet is needed, allowing the team to access the tools even when a Wi-Fi connection is not available. Having the data local on the iPad also allows content rich media like video to load more quickly and run at a higher resolution that if it relied on a connection.  When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the application senses it and allows quick access to additional content available on Facebook, Twitter, and the company's YouTube Channel.

Patrick Schutte, Business Development Consultant for MIWD designed the applicaton and then partnered with Webvanta Inc., a Sebastapol CA based technology company, to build it.  Said Schutte, "Webvanta is known for its hosted database-driven CMS website solutions, and we selected them to build our new MI EnergyCore web site, which will launch very soon.  The content of the iPad application will be synced from the content on our web site, and Webvanta offered a unique solution to enbable us to do that. Since the iPad application has the same look and feel of the website, it will allow for quicker adoption without any training."

The iPad application is just one component of MIWD's multi-pronged information access strategy that includes mobile and social media tools in addition to traditonal tools like a robust website. As part of it's social media campaign, it has already launched a Facebook page, http://facebook.com/mienergycore, a Twitter feed, http://twitter.com/mienergycore, and a YouTube Channel, http://YouTube.com/mienergycore.

"We're going to the next level with this new MI EnergyCore product line," says Mike DeSoto, President of MI's Western Division. "We believe this is a unique, premium product in the West that gives us and our dealers a competitive advantage. The new MI iPad app give dealers the tools they need to educate window buyers about the unique product line and demonstrate its superior performance."

Dealers attending MI EnergyCore launch event on July 21st, 2011, will be equipped with an iPad already loaded with the application.  The application will also be available to dealers who sign up to sell the new product line via direct download from the dealer portal on the new website.

MIWD Installs New Shrink Wrap Packaging System

Prescott Valley, AZ - MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, installed a new state-of-the-art shrink wrap packing system in it Prescott Valley, Az, factory to protect its energy-efficient windows during the shipping process.

The unique packaging solution will ensure that MI EnergyCore Windows arrive to the job site with the same high quality that they leave the factory in Prescott Valley, Arizona. 

The state-of-the-art shrink wrap packing system is made by EDL Packaging Engineers, who has been making packaging systems for over 40 years in Green Bay, WI.

The energy-efficient windows go through a multi-stage process that wraps the window panels in heavy duty polyethylene film. Once the windows are loaded into the packaging system, the window panel is controlled throughout the wrapping process to produce a tight, stable and transparent package.

A low tension feed-on-demand film delivery system consistently delivers the required film sleeve around the product. Then the edges are cut and set with a Teflon® coated constant heat seal bar that is heated to over 600 degrees. Then the window enters the shrink tunnel, where a directable air flow ensures uniform film shrinkage. After exiting the shrink tunnel, a film cooler sets the film prior to handling in order to maintain package integrity.

"The new packaging system will add incremental value to our products as they will have an additional level of protection while they ship to our customers," states Andy Mortagne, the Assistant Plant Manager, who is in charge of the process.

The new custom shrink wrap packaging system is just one more reason that the MI EnergyCore Window System is Beautifully Innovative.

You can see a video of the shink wrap machine in action at the factory in the Video Library.

MIWD Using Latest Technologies to Launch New Line

As it appeared in Window & Door on June 6th 2011:

With a social media campaign already started, the Western division of MI Windows & Doors is planning to launch its new MI EnergyCore window line in July with a special dealer event at its Prescott, Ariz., operations. Attendees will be presented with an iPad loaded with a custom app to emphasize MI's mobile strategy designed to help dealers sell the new line.

"Our window dealers and their customers desire a good, better, best offering," states Mike DeSoto, president of MI's Western division. "MIWD strives to be best-in-class in each of these categories. Energy Core met our test for the best. The products are designed to be significantly more energy efficient, stronger, more secure and quieter than any complete family of products on the market."

For dealers, the line provides a simple, cost-effective family of products to meet the next phase of ENERGY STAR requirements and to qualify for the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Program, DeSoto adds. "Most high performance solutions offered today involve complicated exceptions. For example, some styles meet the grade while other styles or configurations do not. Energy Core is designed to meet the grade in any style or any configuration. Therefore, the dealers do not need to sacrifice style or aesthetic upgrades to gain performance."

"We're going to the next level with this line," says Patrick Schutte, business development manager for MI's Western division. "We believe this is a unique, premium product in the West that gives us and our dealers a competitive advantage." The new MI iPad app give dealers the tools they need to educate window buyers about the unique product line and demonstrate its superior performance, he continues. 

Some of the content for the MI EnergyCore app–including several videos–for the line are already available for viewing on a Facebook page developed by MI, Schutte points out. He also emphasizes that roll out behind the new product is more than the iPad app, but a complete social media and mobile strategy.

"We want to embrace and leverage social media channels and all they bring to the customer experience: ease of use, rich media, and a more casual way to communicate with our dealers and window buyers," agrees DeSoto."For example, on our Facebook page, we’ve posted pictures of our factory team in Prescott Valley. This helps our customers see the real people that make our windows and doors and how they strive to make the best windows possible with care and attention."

The company has also launched a Twitter feed and YouTube channels for the new line, he adds.

DeSoto calls the mobile strategy a key differentiator as well. "Our new content-driven web site at www.mienergycore.com [to be launched in July] will automatically detect if a mobile user is accessing it and will enable Smartphone users, iPhone and Android to start, to view the rich content on our site in a format that they can digest easily and quickly," he notes.

Window buyers will be able to take advantage of the technology also. "When a customer is at a dealer’s showroom and wants to learn more about the window they are looking at, they can use their QR code or Microsoft Tag reader on their phone to scan the affixed tag and it will bring them to the mobile web content about the product," DeSoto explains.

In addition to the selling tools incorporated into the new app and website, MI is also working on development of quoting and ordering tools for dealers to use with iPads and other mobile devices, Schutte reports.  "Our vision is that you wouldn't need to fire up a laptop." By giving iPads to its dealers at the launch event, MI wants to "remove any barriers" for dealers to begin taking advantage of these new tools, he concludes.
 

New MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door Installed

Prescott Valley, AZ - On May 11, 2011, MI Windows and Doors, one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, installed a new MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door into a Habitat for Humanity home being built in Chino Valley, Arizona.

The installation was performed by employees of MI Windows and Doors and is part of the total window package donated by the company to the deserving new homeowner.  The homeowner received at total of seven HomeMaker II windows and is the first homeowner to ever receive a new MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door.  

The MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door offers superior thermal performance and is built using MikronWood, a revolutionary new material that provides the beauty of wood with the weather-resistant, no-maintenance advantages of a composite.  The patio door has a rich traditional design with mortise and tenon joinery, wide stiles, a tall bottom rail and designer hardware. By integrating the latest industry technology, the MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door has achieves superior energy efficiency, low maintenance and smooth operation.  The patio door was designed in Prescott Valley, AZ and will be offered in the Western United States.

The standard offering will include MI’s TMAX glass package, which offers the optimum balance between energy efficiency and natural color. With this glass package, the MI EnergyCore French Rail Patio Door will exceed Energy Star requirements for all zones.  

"It is a priviledge to be able to assist in the construction of this new home.  Knowing that we are installing energy-saving windows and a high quality patio door in this home enabling the homeowner to save money on their utility bills is gratifying," said Jim Laipple, the Product Manager for the new MI EnergyCore product line.

The Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity was established to help families living in unsafe or inadequate housing to become homeowners by providing zero-interest mortgages with no cash down.  Building of the home becomes a team effort between Habitat for Humanity and the new homeowners as the families must also assist in the construction of their homes.  The overall experience is unforgettable for the volunteers as they work with the new homeowners and for the new homeowners from the pride they have when they receive the keys to their new home.

“We are so pleased to partner once again with MI Windows and Doors for a deserving family in Chino Valley", said PAHH Executive Director Miriam Haubrich. "We are grateful that MI Windows and Doors has donated the windows and patio door to the project. Their dedication to helping us build homes and to the community is greatly appreciated.  PAHH is always in need of volunteers and no construction background or skills are required. For more information contact Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity at (928) 445-8003.”

In the last 10 years, MI Windows and Doors has donated over $1.2M in products and services and donated all the windows and the patio door used in the construction of this home.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. Habitat for Humanity International is ranked as the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States with 6,032 closings in 2010, according to Builder magazine’s annual survey. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit prescotthabitat.org or call Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity at (928) 445-8003.  

About the MI Windows and Doors


MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy-efficient vinyl, aluminum and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. Our Team at MI Windows and Doors is Building Quality, Refining Service, Creating Opportunity, and Earning Trust.

MI Windows and Doors Hegins Plant Receives SHARP Award

Hegins, PA – (Schuylkill County) PA/OSHA Consultation Program of Indiana University of Pennsylvania today presented MI Windows and Doors, Inc., (MI) Hegins manufacturing facilities with a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award. MI Windows and Doors is one of only 43 businesses in Pennsylvania to receive this esteemed award.

SHARP is one of the highest honors OSHA awards to businesses. The award is granted following the successful completion of a comprehensive and rigorous consultation and assessment process, resulting in worksite safety and health programs that produce tangible safety improvements and maintain low team member injury and illness rates.

Stan Sullivan, President, MI Windows and Doors addressed the team stating that, “this award adds value and dedication to a team that already works hard to build a safe environment and quality products. It is so important that at the end of the day, we all go home to our families and loved ones in the same condition as we came in to work.”

 The awards ceremony was attended by Champ Holman, aide to state Sen. David Argall (R-29); Meghan Jones, District Director for PA State Representative Tobash (R-125);  Scott Weiant, Chief, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; and Thomas DeLong, CIH, PA/OSHA Consultation Program of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Hegins manufacturing facilities produce nearly 1300 units per day and are built in many styles, colors and sizes and follow a rigorous quality check. Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors manufactures windows and patio doors serving the replacement window industry. MI’s focus on safety, quality and accuracy is enhanced by the principles of lean manufacturing, a practice MI has been using for a number of years.

MI Windows and Doors Announces Production of Paintable / Stainable Interiors

MI Windows and Doors (MIWD) today announced the addition of paintable / stainable options to its replacement products category.

MIWD will begin taking paintable / stainable orders on its MIWD's 1650 Series and its CertainTeed Bryn Mawr III line on July 6, 2010. This highly demanded offering features a pine finish interior allowing the homeowner to use interior paint or stain to customize their window to their home décor.

MIWD has already grown its replacement product platform, offering interior woodgrains, interior and exterior colors, grid options, an upgraded Clarity™ screen and three choices of hardware finishes.

Energy efficiency has also been a target for continuous improvement for the company as it launched its triple pane, double coated low-e and R5 windows within the last twelve months.

Vinyl windows are historically noted as low-maintenance, long endurance products. Adding wood laminates that are stainable or paintable to a vinyl offering provides a superior advantage over traditional wood windows.

“MIWDI has always strived to react to customer and industry demands. We have done that by focusing on designing one of the industry’s most energy efficient lines because energy and cost savings advantages are crucial for our consumers.  We have now added a feature that will allow the homeowner to easily stain or paint their product to match their home, while still benefiting from the low-maintenance, high performance attributes of vinyl windows,” said MIWD’s director of replacement and retail products division,  Jason DeHart.