Elkhart Window Maker is Looking to Expand
Like most people, Hollie Fearnow-Vicens likes Fridays, but not just because it’s the end of the work week.
Her employer of 16 years, Elkhart, Ind.-based State Wide Windows, runs production nine hours a day, Monday through Thursday, and just four hours on Friday, so employees, 60 percent of whom are female, can have Friday afternoons to run errands or schedule their children’s doctor’s appointments, or perhaps just have a few hours for themselves in the hectic work week.
“I think it benefits a lot of us because you’re off on Friday afternoons as moms or as wives,“ said Fearnow-Vicens. ”You get time to get your stuff done before your kids get home, before your husband gets home. I love it.”
Company officials hope the family-friendly philosophy, along with the focus on workplace safety, will be key factors in their plans to double in size over the next five years. To accomplish that goal, the company 18 months ago recruited vice president and general manager Jim Johnson away from Elkhart-basd airhorn maker Hadley Products.
Last fall, national sales manager, Dan Wright, landed their first RV account, making frameless windows for Coachmen’s Class A buses. Wright said RV makers are increasingly looking for frameless windows, something State Wide has been making for truck caps and horse trailers since 1996.
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