Every year the American Architectural Manufacturers Association awards scholarships to the children of member firms and we're pleased to report that the son of an Innotech Windows + Doors employee was one of this year's winners.
Dominic Nickel, son of Director of Business Development George Nickel, was awarded the scholarship on the strength of his grade point average, college entrance exam score, and a 500-word written essay. Dominic graduated from D.W. Poppy Secondary School in June with a 4.0 GPA, where he was a member of the volleyball team and was on the honor roll for four years. Dominic’s interest in the building industry started at the age of 13 when he began working a part-time job installing our windows and doors. Dominic is enrolled in the upcoming Fall semester at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford BC, where he'll be studying engineering mathematics.
"The AAMA is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding students who have dedicated themselves to academic and extracurricular endeavors in order to pursue a career in architecture, engineering and related fields,” says Rich Walker, AAMA's president and CEO. “By supporting these students on their journey to further develop their knowledge and passion, we are hopeful they will make valuable contributions in the building products industry upon completing their education.”
Congratulations to Dominic and to all the AAMA scholarship winners, and good luck in your post-secondary careers! + To view a full list of this year's AAMA's scholarship winners, click here
The Summer is the perfect time for daytrips, even business trips, and so the Innotech sales team set off on Monday for a tour of Cardinal Glass Industries' factory in scenic Hood River, Oregon. This was the team's opportunity to see firsthand the modern manufacturing process that is required to create the best quality glass - and best performing insulated glass units - in the world.
Accompanied by Sales Manager Mika, our intrepid sales team including Martina, Jan, Darren, JJ, Sam, and Nicolay boarded Cardinal's private plane in Abbotsford. Thirty minutes later they touched down in Portland and a short drive then took them to the massive Cardinal plant perched in hills above Hood River. Nestled amongst rolling farmland, the huge facility is one of 34 Cardinal factories across the USA, but only one of nine that produce the insulated glass units (IGU's) used by Innotech in our windows and doors. The sealed units that Cardinal makes in Hood River are sent to us in Abbotsford and Morden for integration into our energy efficient windows and doors, which are subsequently installed across projects Western Canada and the US.
Cardinal Sales Manager Clayton Watson and the entire Cardinal team welcomed us as he would close friends and gave us a first class trip around the factory. They showed us everything from the advanced robotics used to move sheets of glass around, to the high-tech quality control systems they employ. The plant turns out 24 tons of insulated glass per hour - or 21 miles of glass per day. At that rate, Cardinal could build a road of glass from their plant to our head office in Abbotsford, BC in just over two weeks!
One of the interesting facts we learned is that most of the glass produced by Cardinal is 2.2mm or 3.0mm thick. However, the glass manufactured specifically for Innotech windows and doors is always a minimum of 4mm thick (thicker depending on application, such as a need for higher wind load resistance or accoustical performance). Not all the glass from Cardinal is the same and when combined with superior frames, such as our Hybrid uPVC Framing System, the difference in performance is huge!
We can't show you everything (they have corporate secrets to protect!) but we can share a couple of videos available on YouTube.
Here's a sample of the robots in use on the factory floor:
Here's a short video describing the quality control technology utilized by Cardinal:
Clayton was an excellent tour guide! Thank you to the entire Cardinal team in Hood River for hosting our team.
After a lovely dinner hosted by Cardinal, they flew everyone back to Abbotsford and our team much more informed about the technology of glass-making and better able to help our clients understand why Cardinal Glass Industries combined with Innotech is the best choice for their homes and projects.
This past March, Wood WORKS!, an initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, handed out the BC Wood Design Awards, which "serve as an opportunity to publicly recognize and encourage continued excellence in the building and design community and in the forest industry".
One of Innotech's favourite local projects, the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish, won in the category of "Interior Beauty - Design Award". The judges were very pleased with the way the exposed wood beams and the windows worked together to showcase the amazing views of the surrounding mountainside. Innotech supplied all the windows used in the living spaces and the dining area, as shown above.
We're very pleased share this award with a|k|a architecture + design, and we hope their winning design helps convince other building professionals that vinyl and wood can work together to produce beautiful results.
Here's a short video clip announcing the award.
+ View the award abstract here
+ We produced a project profile on the Queen of Peace
Photo courtesy of a|k|a architecture + design, © Andrew Doran.
Innotech is pleased to present an exciting opportunity for Lower Mainland design professionals. We've recently begun acccepting requests to use our Burnaby showroom as an event space for client and prospect gatherings, and initial returns have been very positive.
In early July the showroom received its first trial run. A relaxed evening of mingling and subtle product demonstrations was hosted by Shimar Interiors, a local decorating firm operated by Jonas Schierbecker and Ian Martens. Throughout the evening guests enjoyed relaxed conversation, some delightful wine and hors d'oeuvres, and they also learned a little about interior decorating options (including some of the various window covering options that Innotech offers). Jonas and Ian were very pleased with the feedback they received from their guests, most of whom related that they had an excellent time.
If you're a design professional looking for a casual, inviting place to host an event with your clients, our showroom might be just the right fit. For more information about booking, availablity, and our guidelines, please contact us at 604.854.1111.
Throughout the spring trade show season we invited homeowners from across Canada to enter to win a set of our premium Terrace Swing Doors. After sorting through the entries we received from all of the trade shows, Facebook and Twitter, we're pleased to congratulate our winner...[read more]
Congrats to Clyde S. from White Rock, BC on being our winner! We hope Clyde and his family get years of enjoyment out of their new Terrace Swing Door.
We asked our Facebook fans to enter the contest by telling us why they needed a new door. Here's a few highlights from the submissions we received:
“...when we purchased our house the back basement door was an interior door and our main entry door. Well, the husband tried to install it, and, well, needless to say it's pretty drafty...”
“We would like to replace our back patio doors after a cougar scratched them.”
“Looking for a burglar-proof door for both the four legged and two legged varieties...”
“Would love to win a swing door that would not freeze shut in our Manitoba winters.”
Thanks to everyone who entered!
At Innotech, "garbage" is a dirty word. Our corporate philosophy is to engage in as much recycling and reusing as possible. We have the incredible good fortune to be based in British Columbia, a province home to one of the country's leading recycling programs, which helps us limit the amount of waste material we're forced to discard.
One area where recycling has had a major impact on waste is the disposal of our excess cuts. Every Innotech window and door is composed of steel, aluminum, and uPVC, and during the manufacturing process these pieces are trimmed to length as needed. Leftover material, too small or short to be used in new windows, is collected from our shop floor and sent to local recycling companies. All of our uPVC cuts are sent to a local Langley company, Blue Planet Recycling, where the pieces are reprocessed into raw materials. These raw PVC "pellets" are then sold to local businesses to be used in the manufacture of a variety of extruded and injection molded products.
Here's a video that shows the recycling process in action:
We're proud of the progress we've achieved with our recycling programs, and we're always looking for new ways to improve the sustainability of our operations. To learn more about the steps we've already made, please visit our Sustainability Journey page.
Innotech has been nominated for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Awards in the category "Manufacturing & Production Excellence". Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
The 16th annual Abbotsford Business Excellence awards will be held on November 23rd from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Tradex in Abbotsford. Join us as we celebrate the very best of Abbotsford. For tickets and information, click here.
Join us on Friday, September 30th from 4 to 9 PM for an open house at our new showroom in Kelowna, BC: The Factory.
We're celebrating the opening of Kelowna's premier destination for building professionals and homeowners with a little wine, appetizers and mingling. Explore The Factory's two stories and discover building suppliers, designers and artists for your home or upcoming project.
The Factory is more than our showroom, it is a beautiful example of vision, design and community. Not long ago, 1302 St. Paul Street was an abandoned building with little hope of repair. Today, it is a contempory space that combines new technologies with architectural vision.
Learn more about this stunning retrofit project in the heart of Kelowna's cultural district here.
Innotech recently made it into a local high school's yearbook. In November 2010, Innotech hosted students from a technology class. The students learned about the key components of energy efficient and high performance windows and doors and had the chance to tour our manufacturing plant and see our testing equipment in action.
Innotech is attending a number of home and trade shows in Western Canada and the United States. We invite you to visit us to meet our team and learn about our Tilt + Turn Windows and full range of high-performance exterior doors.
+ Click here to view the full schedule
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