FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hurd Windows & Doors Nominated for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year
Medford, WI – December 23, 2009 – On December 1, 2009, Hurd Windows & Doors was nominated for the 22nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, which honors manufacturers who bring excellence to Wisconsin manufacturing. The company was nominated in the large size company category of 300-750 employees.
The Manufacturer of the Year Awards recognize Wisconsin companies that demonstrate a commitment to business excellence which has a positive impact on the company and the state, making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play. Nominated companies are evaluated in areas such as financial growth or consistency, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions, operational excellence/continuous improvement, commitment to employees, and effective research and development.
Hurd’s successful business strategy during the past year was cited as one of the key reasons the company was nominated. In 2009, when the economy and new housing construction market spiraled downward, Hurd launched a plan to grow. The company seized the downturn to employ associates and regional businesses in a multi-million dollar renovation and consolidation project to build for its future and improve efficiencies. Hurd also looked beyond the US borders to grow their international export sales to 12% of the company’s total sales, utilized aggressive sales and marketing tactics to grow their distribution by 30%, launched a new line of award-winning mid-priced windows known as H3™, and is diversifying into the remodel and renovation segment with a new line of Transcend™ windows to be launched in January.
An independent panel of judges, with representatives from business, education, government and the media, will select the 2009 Manufacturer of the Year Award winners.
Winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner and program on February 25, 2010, at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
The statewide recognition program is co-sponsored by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a preeminent Midwest-based law firm; Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP, the nation’s 15th largest accounting and consulting firm; and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business association. More information about the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards program can be found at www.wimoty.com.
About Hurd/HWD Acquisition, Inc.
HWD Acquisition, Inc. is headquartered in Medford, Wisconsin. The company recently acquired Hurd Windows & Doors, Inc., a brand with a 90-year tradition of building custom wood windows and doors to the highest standards of excellence and quality. Hurd products, which are sold exclusively through more than 400 distributors in the United States and Canada, and in 20 countries worldwide, are manufactured by approximately 600 craftsmen. With factories in Medford and Merrill, Wisconsin, Hurd products are manufactured in more than 1 million square feet of production space. For more information, visit www.hurd.com or call (715) 748-2011. Toll free: 1-800-433-4873.