Window and Door May 2012 : Page 38

New Construction Rallies in Texas MariTech Windows expands facility and product lines to meet renewed demand According to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) statistics, sales of newly built homes have been on a steady upswing since October 2011 – with regions across the South posting the highest numbers. MariTech Windows of Carrollton, Texas, was prepared for the growth, and is reaping the benefi ts. In January 2012, the company, which is heavily focused on the new construction market in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, posted record-breaking sales. Between 5,000 and 7,500 insulating glass vinyl windows are rolling off of the production line in any given week and company president, Josh Jensen, is optimistic the trend will continue. “People are building again, and people are buying again,” Jensen said. “Our goal is to stay ahead of trends, listen to customers and provide the greener products builders and homeowners are demanding.” The leadership team at MariTech, including Jensen, boasts more than 50 years of collective experience in the fenestration industry, and many of its production workers have been building windows for 20 or more years. But, as the industry continues to evolve, MariTech has not stopped listening to its customers, and its latest new product developments are proof. In early 2012, MariTech introduced its Platinum Double-Hung line with a 3 ¼-inch jamb – a single product that can play in both the new construction and renovation markets. Development of the Platinum line was a direct result of feedback from customers. “Early response to the Platinum line has been phenomenal,” Jensen said. “So much so that we are in the process of expanding the line to include a single-hung option.” MariTech also offers standard single-hungs, sliders, casements, picture windows, special shapes and patio doors, as well as an impact series for coastal regions in the South. All MariTech Windows feature Quanex’s Duralite® warm-edge spacers, Cardinal 366 low-e glass, and optional argon gas fi lls, and are marketed as Envirosealed Windows™ & Doors. “We were one of the fi rst to adopt the Duralite technology, and we haven’t looked back,” Jensen said. “It’s one of the cleanest, safest and most effi cient ways to make IG. With Duralite’s metal-free construction and our vinyl framing material, we are able to offer our customers energy-effi cient products that reduce the threat of condensation.” MariTech’s windows were also one of the fi rst in the nation to be NAHB Approved as a green product. Jensen and his team are not resting on their laurels, however. The company continues to put a strong emphasis on research and development to stay ahead of the local market. “The superior thermal performance of our products has been an excellent selling feature as builders and homeowners are becoming more educated and are seeking ways to save energy,” Jensen said. “We are already developing and certifying triple-pane products that will meet increasingly strict ENERGY STAR® codes well into the future. When our market demands it, we are prepared to deliver.” Jensen also noted that Quanex has been an integral partner in its growth, providing regular quality audits, educational opportunities for his employees and customers, and marketing support through the Envirosealed Windows & Doors campaign. “You have suppliers and you have partners – and Quanex is a true partner,” Jensen added. “From helping us calibrate our equipment for optimal production effi ciencies to ongoing training and support, the Quanex team really takes care of us. There’s no nonsense, just a mutual dedication to producing and marketing the best products possible.” MariTech Windows recently expanded its facility, now occupying 165,000 square feet at its Carrollton, Texas, facility. The company employs 263 people and continues to expand it sales geographically across the southern U.S. For more information on MariTech Windows, visit © Quanex Building Products 2011 -2012 ?dQ[XbWTSQh@dP]Tg1dX[SX]V?a^SdRcbkfff&#1d;`dP]Tg&#1d;R^\

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