After 4 years, Marvin has profits to share

  • Article by: ANDREW MARTIN , New York Times
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 7:59 PM

The Minnesota business that refused to lay off workers handed out checks averaging $311.

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MN's loneliest REPDec. 22, 12 7:24 AM

What a refreshing story....Marvin is clearly an example of "times gone by". Now that we're slaves to our 401k and investor returns are a higher priority than the vitality of small towns across America, stories like this are rare. Congratulations to the Marvin family for retaining an ideal that is so rarely seen today. Next time I buy windows, I insist they are made by Marvin.

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somedude2Dec. 22, 12 8:49 AM

I bought all Integrity by Marvin windows for my home remodel. The fact that they are a MN company and made these cuts(including executives) to keep their employees working was a contributing factor to my decision. Thanks for your commitment to your employees and community. A true corporate citizen.

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FrankLDec. 22, 1210:04 AM

What isn't said in this article is that Marvin was able to do this because they are NON-union. This could have never happened at a plant with a union contract.

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birdpeepDec. 22, 12 1:42 PM

it was good to see the EEEVIL owners of Marvin made sacriices of their own accord to help their employees without Bammy decreeing it. It sounds like the Marvins compromised and did what was in the best interests of workers and management. Too bad Bammy won't compromise between the takers that he represents and the 45% of us that are producers. Bammy could learn something here.

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guitarmnDec. 22, 12 3:58 PM

It was a nice story until the trolls you have no idea what you speak of. I was a member of a major union until just this year, we took pay cuts and gave huge concessions just a year after we signed a four year contract and the Bush admin. tanked the economy to keep the company going. They are profitable and very strong now, and are in the process of repaying the union for their help. Bird, the borderline racist vernacular 'Bammy' shows a political IQ of a three year old. I think the proper contrast to draw would be with Romney, he would have fired every employee and liquidated every asset to line his pockets without an ounce of remorse. Thanks for taking a very uplifting story of a company that values it's workers and community, and dragging the discourse into the gutter.

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bgmach3Dec. 22, 12 4:29 PM

Absolutely incredible!! Now here is a company that didn't lay off workers because of the "bad economy" while thousands of other companies layed off and fried their existing employees just to increase their profit margins using the "bad economy" as nothing more than a sham excuse. Shame on you! If more companies like Marvin would actually work with and respect their employees there would have never been a need for unions. But oh no, greed kicked in in the early 1900's, workers were getting overworked and killed on the job and guess what, American workers will only take so much and they will push back and push back hard.

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