Meet our October Vendor Spotlight, Windsor Windows! They have come a long way since Windsor built their first window in 1946.
Since joining Woodgrain, Windsor has streamlined its manufacturing processes, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, engineered innovative new designs, and expanded the product offering.
History of the company:
Windsor Windows & Doors began as a small operation in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. By crafting some of the finest windows and doors available – and asking for fair prices – we’ve built our reputation of quality and value among architects, builders, contractors, and homeowners. Windsor remained a regional wood window company until being purchased by Woodgrain Millwork, Inc of Fruitland, Idaho in 1987.
Windsor is proud to be owned by such a large and successful company. Woodgrain has grown into the largest manufacturer of mouldings and interior doors in the United States. Four separate divisions are now part of the Woodgrain family; Millwork, Distribution, Doors, and Windows. Woodgrain Millwork currently employs over 3000 people in 20 different locations, including two in Chile.
Windsor’s corporate headquarters is located in West Des Moines, IA. The manufacturing plant in that location occupies 340,000 square feet. We operate a 200,000 square foot production facility in Monroe, North Carolina that services the eastern portion of the US. Our most recent expansion consists of a separate 160,000 square foot facility constructed in Norwalk, IA, about 10 miles away from our corporate office. This plant is now dedicated to vinyl window production.
What products do you offer?
We manufacture four distinct product lines: Pinnacle (wood windows & patio doors), Next Dimension (vinyl windows & patio doors), Legend (cellular PVC windows), and Ashworth (patio and entry doors). We recently expanded into the window replacement market with our Revive replacement window. Windsor enjoys a national presence in the window and patio door marketplace. We ship quality products throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, and China.
What sets Windsor Windows apart in the industry?
Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. and Windsor Windows & Doors have succeeded as a result of traditional American values. The diligence and hard work of the owners, as well as every employee they have hired throughout the years, has allowed the company to grow into a viable competitor in the residential and light commercial building market. We strive every day to meet our customer’s needs and exceed their expectations. Our goal is to provide the best value in the window and door industry.
What are the top trends for Windows right now?
Contemporary Architecture has been increasingly popular over the past several years. There continues to be a very strong demand for black exteriors, and even black interiors that replicates a more utilitarian look of a steel window. This trend would also include super-sized windows and patio doors with few or no grilles. Homeowners are also looking for hardware in unique shapes and finishes to express their own personal style.
How do you see windows changing in the next couple of years?
We see windows and patio doors becoming a more significant factor in residential architecture. They continue to get larger and there are more of them in every home. Everyone wants to feel at one with nature, and bringing in more natural light and views of the outdoors is a great way to do that.
What is a key tip or hack when it comes to picking out windows?
Windsor offers many different types of materials and all are well designed, energy efficient, and of the highest quality. Aesthetically, we recommend you choose windows that are suited to the architectural style of your home. If it is a contemporary style, the clean lines of our Pinnacle products in a trending color will enhance the design. If you’re looking to save costs, vinyl windows can be a great way of doing that while still maintaining the clean lines and sleek style. If the structure is more traditional in appearance, our Pinnacle products with grille bars and brickmould will complement the historical look. Our Legend CPVC products are frequently chosen for many historical renovations because of its traditional appearance and resistance to decay.
Why should someone go with Windsor Windows?
Our customers tell us that they enjoy working with Windsor because we are “easy to do business with”. We use the abbreviation ETDBW and this goal has become our internal mantra. We custom build each order to exact specifications. We are large enough to provide the variety of products, options, and accessories builders and homeowners are looking for, and we are still small enough to provide personal attention and treat each customer like an individual.