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Buying Canadian Windows & Doors

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

We are lucky here in Canada, because we happen to manufacture some of the highest quality wood windows and doors in North America.
Here is my question, though: Why are Canadian architects’ specifications and general contractors’ recommendations so frequently for American window manufacturers?

Are American windows and doors cheaper? NO.
We can match their prices, or even do better.

Is American quality better? NO.
Our windows are built with extreme Quebec weather in mind.

With the world in a financial crisis,  jobs are being lost in almost all sectors. I believe that we have lost around 30 to 50 million dollars in business to American window and door companies. That’s a lot of windows and doors that could have been made right here in our own country, employing our own people.

Let’s not forget the many other Canadian businesses that supply materials to the Canadian window and door manufacturers: ie: the forestry industry, wood, hardware, aluminum, glass, thermo and screen distributors and manufacturers, they too, have lost jobs and workers.

Why should we support small towns in the United States? Shouldn’t we be keeping the money right here in Canada, and keep our people working?

In these difficult economic times, I think we have a responsibility to consider the consequences of our actions. Before you buy your windows and doors, think, as a Canadian, about how your purchase affects other Canadians and what you are losing by buying American.

Even if you don’t buy from my company, Martin Industries, at the very least, do your best to buy a Canadian product.

~Marty Cooper