Marvin Windows and Doors generously offered one of their corporate planes to fly eight NTI School of Technology-Globe University students, two faculty members and two employees from Architectural Overflow, LLC, to the beautiful Lake of the Woods in Warroad, Minn., to tour the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters.
The architectural technology program students departed at 6:30 a.m. and arrived in Warroad around 8 a.m. They spent the rest of the day touring the 30,000-square-foot facility, which includes a 6,000-square-foot Visitor Center and a state-of-the-art Training Center to train builders, architects and distributors who visit Marvin.
“This was by far the best tour of a window plant our class has ever been on,” said architectural technology student Krystal Knudsen. “The tour was extremely informative and interesting. After the tour, I can confidently say that their products are an extremely high quality and worth investing in because of everything we saw on this trip.”
The group had the opportunity to take in window technology training and a tour of the Marvin Signature Series division of the manufacturing facility. Marvin trains more than 3,000 builders, architects and distributors each year.
Marvin officials are proud of the communities where they do business, and everything they do is aimed at supporting their employees and helping their communities thrive.
“I was amazed to see how well Marvin has cared for their community,” said architectural technology student Brian Laidlaw. “It reflects how they care about their product and customers.”
Marvin also owns and operates manufacturing facilities for Integrity Windows and Doors, Infinity Windows and Doors, and Tecton Products. As a whole, Marvin Windows and Doors and its affiliated companies employ more than 4,300 people.
With miles walked and valuable knowledge gained, the group returned to the Warroad airport to travel back to the Twin Cities. This was a trip that gave our students a first-hand look at how manufacturing companies operate on a daily basis, according to John Hartman, architectural technology program chair.
A heartfelt thank you goes to Jeff Hoffmann from Marvin Windows and Doors, and all the employees that made us feel welcome on this incredible educational experience. We hope to make a return next winter with our future students, Hartman said.