Each year, Hastings partners with our retailers to co-host dozens of tours for contractors and architects to Marvin Headquarters in Warroad, MN. Trip attendees invariably return with strong new relationships and amazing stories to tell! On a recent trip, Hastings architectural sales representative Jim Olender accompanied a group of several contractors and architects to Warroad. Before they headed north, the group took in the beautiful architectural sights (and sites) of Minneapolis.
Jim has facilitated many tours around Minneapolis, but he says each tour is a little different. This particular group was treated to a tour of the Guthrie Theater. “As we walked into the Theater, we met Sue Kotila, the Front of the House and Visitor Services Director. Sue gave us a behind the scenes tour of the entire theater, including all three stages, set design, green and rehearsal rooms, and VIP lounge,” Jim shared.
The group also visited Gehry’s Weisman Art Museum, the Malcolm Willey House, St. Paul Cathedral, and Lakewood Cemetery.
After touring Minneapolis, the group jumped on the Marvin jet to Warroad for a tour of Marvin’s headquarters. The goal of this leg of the trip was partly to educate industry professionals on Marvin products and solutions, but also to share what makes Marvin different from other window manufacturers.
Trip attendee Can Tiryaki of Tiryaki Architectural Design called his first trip to the Marvin factory a “great learning experience.” “I really enjoyed the balance between the architectural tour of Minneapolis and the focused factory tour at Warroad. The Minneapolis tour proved that it is a city with a diverse architectural fabric and a rich artistic and industrial heritage. The thing that made the Marvin tour unique was its focus on the people who work at Marvin and also the community of Warroad,” he said. “It was great to learn that Marvin is constantly contributing to the town with scholarships and funding for various community buildings. I think that this kind of emphasis on being ‘local’ distinguishes the company from others in the market.”
Can continued, “From a manufacturing perspective, I was impressed to see the amount of hand labor and craftsmanship that goes into the making of the windows. I also enjoyed seeing the complete process of the natural materials, such as wood, be treated, shaped, and assembled into a high quality window product. It’s the kind of thing that is reassuring to an architect when he or she specifies that particular window.”
There’s nothing like a trip to Warroad to make a fan of Marvin Windows and Doors! Thanks to Jim and Can for sharing their experiences.