WARROAD, Minn. (AP) — A company set in the remote woodlands of northern Minnesota is highlighted by President Barack Obama during a speech on his economic vision.

Obama cited the fourth-generation-owned Marvin Windows and Doors in Warroad, a community of 1,700 that hugs the Minnesota border in Roseau County. During a speech in a small Kansas town Tuesday, the president used Marvin as an example of a business obligated to its employees.

Obama said that while Marvin’s competitors let hundreds of workers go during the recession, Marvin didn’t lay off any of its 4,000 employees. The president went on to say the workers as well as the owners gave up perks and pay when times got tough.

George Marvin founded the company in Warroad in 1912.

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Comments (16)
  1. keel says:

    Marvin Windows is a great example of a truly great Minnesota home-grown company. They’ve done a lot, not only for their employees, but also for the Warroad area and the state as well. Outstanding management goes a long way.

    1. Sam I am says:

      I agree with your comments about Marvin Windows, but absolutely no way does Obama get to take credit for it. Hard work by employees and capitalism created the success at Marvin Windows not Marxism, Socialism or Communism.

      1. keel says:

        Hmmm…didn’t know that he took credit for Marvin’s success…I believe he used it as an example of how management and employees can work together. But if you think he credited Marxism, Socialism and Communism…that’s your right. Good luck. My point was about Marvin Windows, not Obama.

      2. Bubba says:

        No matter what, some of you will bash OB for anything. If there are clouds, oops, must be OB’s fault. Grow up.

  2. DougT says:

    himm – so its ok for workers at a private company to have to give up benefits and pay to stay afloat – but not government Union workers??

    But when you have a bottomless pit of money available from the suckers (taxpayers) I guess its different….

    1. Funky says:

      Good Point. Anyway, the fact that Obama mentioned them I suspect now they will be out of business in 18 months

    2. Mike says:

      If your voting Republican and haven’t heard their platform of doing everything in their power to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as they exist today, your tin foil hat is too tight! YOU will pay for the tax breaks to the wealthy and corporate entities and YOUR taxes will increase……..The middle class is on the hook for this economic fiasco………….

  3. Jonel Axtell says:

    I applaud Marvin Windows for the excellent job they have done over the years to keep the workforce employed and keep their product superb as well. They cut no corners and do what is right for the employees and consumers who order their products. Interesting that Obama would even know of the company or the small town where they are located.

  4. ironmeden says:

    Obama mentions Marvin Windows in speech December 2011…Six months later Marvin Windows shutters door due to poor economy.

    1. Jim says:

      That’s what Republicans are hoping for, anyway. The last thing they want is for the economy to recover before November 2012.

      1. Marvin #17 says:

        If the big O gets his big tax the wealthy plan passed Marvin will fall. Employees of Marvin thanks the Republican House for protecting their jobs.

  5. Scrooge says:

    how is this a news story…blah blah blah….

  6. Steve says:

    I love Christmas lights.

    They remind me of the people who voted for Obama.

    They all hang together; half of them don’t work, and the ones that do, aren’t that bright.

    1. Bubba says:

      Steve, the only bulb not brightly lit is yours.

  7. Best3800 says:

    I heard Steve and the word Idiot go together like two peas in a pod!

  8. Rex says:

    Same speech where Barry said it was great to be back in Texas. Big news … if Michele would had said it.

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