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By BOB BOUGHNER
The Daily News, Chatham ON.
Jan. 05, 2009
TILBURY - At least one Chatham-Kent company is bucking the doom and gloom economy.
Officials of Ducana Windows and Doors Ltd., are planning to recall up to 20 laid off employees in 2009.
"It will be a gradual recall, based on business demand," said Brad Goldsmith, a salesman for the company stationed in Chatham.
He said the company's winter booking sales program and the recent opening of a new showroom in Kitchener are expected to increase business.
"It's not doom and gloom for all Chatham-Kent companies." he said.
"It will result in the call back of employees to step up window production at our Tilbury plant," he said.
Larry Laforet, operations manager at the Tilbury Plant, said in a media release, the moves are aimed at stepping up window production at the Tilbury facility and the need for additional workers.
Ducana owner Matt Marko, in a media release, said the slowdown in new construction starts means more people are beginning to repair their homes instead of building new ones.
"This accounts for a great deal of our increased sales." he said.
Marko said, demand for the company's energy-efficient, Energy Star-certified products, which qualify for the government's ecoEnergy program involving rebates of up to $60 a window is also resulting in the need to call back workers.
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The view through the glass at Ducana Windows and Doors in Tilbury is a clear one, and it?s showing continued expansion and success.
The business, established by Jack Buce in 1976, continues to grow under the ownership of Matthew Marko and Mike Mazur, who purchased the company about five years ago.
On Thursday, the company received recognition from Chatham-Kent as Industry of the Month.
Operating out of a 75,000 square-foot facility on Queen's Line on the outskirts of Tilbury, Ducana employs 110 people at its factory, as well as at showrooms in Windsor, Sarnia and Chatham. The company recently added a warehouse in London.
We have invested in new product lines and equipment, said Marko. We are dedicated to the future growth of our company.
The bulk of the activity is based in Tilbury, where every window and door is custom-made. About 80 of the company?s employees are employed at the Tilbury site.
House renovations make up most of the company's orders, but there is also a significant market for brand-new homes, as well as apartments, commercial buildings and churches.
Sales and marketing manager John Bordenuk said many customers building a new home insist their windows come from Ducana.