Nature Prservation Day

Nature Preservation Day 2017

400 employees. Two weeks. Every manufacturing and retail site across the country.

During the last two weeks of September 2017, employee volunteers from across Andersen Corporation rolled up their sleeves and worked side-by-side to make a difference in their local communities. Volunteers participated in hands-on activities intended to enhance and preserve their local natural environment for years to come.

Andersen launched the Nature Preservation Day volunteering program in 2014 to offer employees an opportunity to step outside their day-to-day work and make a difference. Participants experience the positive impact they can make on the environment by simply spending a few hours outdoors giving back to their community in a focused and meaningful way.

Because of the program’s success and popularity with employees, this year we announced that we were expanding the program to all manufacturing sites and company-owned retail locations. Employees across the U.S. took part in volunteering tasks focus on enhancing local habitats, including invasive species removal, tree planting, park and trail cleanup, park maintenance and rehabilitation. Here are just some of the highlights of our collective impact:

  • Removing 2,255 gallons of trash from local parks
  • Harvesting 20,800 pounds of apples for a local food shelf
  • Removing three miles of invasive species

 

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Beautiful natural landscapes and photogenic parks and trails called for some pictures! Employee Kelly Johnson was initially selected as the winner of our annual Nature Photo Contest. Kelly’s photo was used in recruitment communications for each site’s Nature Preservation Day volunteering event this year.

Our employees were also excited to share photos from their volunteering events on social media. Sadie Prise was recognized as publishing the most creative social post, and we think you’ll see why. We’re grateful for all of our employees who share their passion for the environment and making a difference each and every day.

 

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Employee Sadie Prise’s winning photo for our Snap, Share, Win! contest.

 

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Employee Kelly Johnson’s winning Nature Photo Contest photo.

 

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Employees from our Lithia Springs location clear out trash from a local creek.

 

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Renewal by Andersen® employees planting one of 37 trees.

 

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Employees from Luray, Virginia planting a rain garden.

 

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An employee from our Oceanside, CA facility takes a break while hard at work.

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Fire Prevention Week: Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out!

As we begin to seal up our homes and windows and turn on the heat for the winter months ahead, it’s important to have a plan in place when it comes to fire safety and preparedness.

National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14. The National Fire Protection Association has created this campaign to spread awareness about fire prevention, education, and safety with peers and family members alike. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is ‘Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out!’.

Often, a fire can prohibit a main escape route. The smoke may be too thick in a hallway to escape safely or a fire may break out on a stairwell. While difficult to imagine, these scenarios are important to think about, and it is even more important to plan at least two escape routes. Make sure your family knows at least two ways out of every room in your home. Practice fire drills with everyone in the household—this is the key to being prepared and familiar with your surroundings in the case of a fire. If you have children, make sure to have a conversation with them about safe escape options from your home, rather than focusing on just one way out.

Another important practice to keep in mind is to map out your escape plan. By drawing a map, it brings attention to the purpose of escape planning. Physically drawing a map acts as reinforcement to the agreed upon escape plans, and also acts as a reference to guests who come over in case of an emergency.

Andersen employee Mike Galowitz has been the Assistant Fire Chief at the Bayport, Minnesota Fire Department since 1999. Throughout his many years of service, Mike has many helpful tips. “We as a fire department cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Early notification of any emergency situation in the home is key to ensuring families can follow their planned route and escape safely”.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, click here.

 

At the Bayport Fire Department training facility, Mike explains the importance of knowing two separate escape methods during a fire.

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Sarah Andersen Offers Historic Insight to Andersen Young Professionals

More than two dozen members of the Andersen Young Professionals Network (AYPN) had the pleasure of spending time Sept. 28 with Sarah Andersen, a fourth-generation Andersen family member and 35-year member of the Board of Directors.

Sarah shared the life story and philosophy of her great-grandfather Hans, who founded the company in 1903 and who shaped the values that still guide Andersen today, including corporate citizenship. She also shared her own story of how she became involved in the governance of Andersen at age 27.

“In 1981, I asked for a seat on the Andersen board for myself or one of my sisters,” she explained. “It was time for the fourth generation to be represented. I got an answer in late 1982 that yes, one of us could serve on the board. (But) my sisters and I would have to work it out. Was this unfair? A test? A refusal to make a choice? Or all of the above? One sister declined. One sister wanted it a lot. Our family hadn’t developed any tools or criteria to make tough decisions like this.

“Finally, my grandmother told us to flip a coin. In January 1983 I was elected to the board. The torch wasn’t passed to me; I decided to take up the torch and continue the family involvement in Andersen.”

Sarah closed with a life lesson she received from a friend:

  1. Embrace tough conversations – it’s how you find common ground.
  2. Take the long view – good outcomes take time.
  3. Bring good spirit to the table – people who laugh together can work together and surmount huge obstacles.

 

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Involvement With our Local Environments Comes Naturally at Andersen

Our interns spent this summer developing solutions to challenging problems, working on unique projects, and learning about the opportunities Andersen Corporation has to offer. Each summer, our interns participate in Intern Development Week, a fun and interactive week dedicated to fostering the relationships between interns through networking events, volunteer events and plant tours, as well as introducing them to our some of our core values.

This year, in keeping with our Andersen values such as corporate citizenship and community involvement, Andersen interns volunteered at the Carpenter Nature Center. Located in Hastings, Minn. The Center’s mission is to “foster, appreciate and inspire stewardship of the natural world”. They live out their mission by preserving land and wildlife habitat and providing quality environmental education, conservation practices, and fun outdoor experiences for a diverse range of visitors.

This year, our interns worked with the Carpenter Nature Center to maintain crops in the apple orchard. Interns worked to thin the trees, which avoids stress on the branches which could hinder their growth of fruit.

Another highlight of their day included a visit from Jim Weglewski, Vice President of Enterprise Lean Sigma Quality Systems, and Carpenter Nature Center board member. Jim networked with interns, explained his involvement with Carpenter Nature Center and described his personal connection to the apple orchard itself.

Riley Watson, an engineering intern at Bayport, described the volunteer experience: “It was a great team-building experience and a great way to get to know the other interns.”

While our interns have already completed their summer experience and returned to school, we appreciate their dedication to making the Carpenter Nature Center a beautifully preserved environment that will continue to provide education and outdoor experiences for years to come.

Because protecting the environment and making a difference in the communities where we live and work is important to Andersen, we are participating in our signature sustainability event, Nature Preservation Day. Our employees from 20 plus Andersen facilities are participating in various volunteer events focused on bettering the local environment in a meaningful way. Stay tuned for a recap post coming soon!

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Our Employees Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Last week, 30 women representing Andersen Corporation were hard at work framing, applying foam board and house wrap, installing Andersen windows and sheathing the roof of a house at a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Women Build in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Whether our women were first-time home builders or long-time volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, everyone was eager to put their hearts into their work.

The new house will soon be home to Adanech Dinka and her 5-year-old daughter Abigail. Adanech moved to Minnesota from Ethiopia in the early 2000’s. Happy to have found Twin Cities Habitat after hearing about the program’s great reputation from a friend, Adanech is looking forward to the affordable interest rates and quality housing that Habitat for Humanity provides, as well as being able to host her friends and family in her new, larger, home. “It is great to know who will be moving into the home we worked on,” said Alane Wood, lead talent acquisition partner at Andersen Corporation.

Over the past five years, Andersen Corporate Foundation has donated $1,746,500 and many helping hands to Habitat for Humanity so that families and individuals like Adanech can feel comfortable making memories in a space they can call their own for years to come.

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Andersen’s Presence at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Andersen Corporation is so much more than just windows and doors. Corporate Citizenship is a core value of ours, and we strive to improve lives and strengthen communities where we live and work. For example, did you know that we have a presence at the Science Museum of Minnesota?

The Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) was created in 1996, and provides out-of-school programing for hundreds of underserved youth with the goals of building leadership skills, career readiness, and fostering confidence and appreciation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It is located in the Science Museum of Minnesota. With middle school programs, high school programs, and even career and community connections, the KAYSC helps youth excel by focusing on teaching them practical technology skills, getting them involved and invested in community contribution and service, and preparing them for education and future careers.

Each year, the KAYSC organizes Project ME, a community event where youth utilize their artistic abilities and find new ways to use science and technology as tools for social change. To learn more about the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, visit: https://www.smm.org/kaysc.

Andersen Corporate Foundation has been a key supporter into developing the KAYSC into a flagship program. Just this year, the Foundation gave $200,000 in celebration of the KAYSC 20th Anniversary.

Mary Ann Steiner founded the KAYSC in 1996, and is passionate about the program. Her message is clear: “It seems like the world needs a lot of people who respect, admire, and understand science in every field. If young people gather a sense of how science, society and art all play together, we’re going to be a stronger society.”

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Andersen Helps the Communities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

BAYPORT, Minn., August 30, 2017 – Andersen Corporation and the Andersen Corporate Foundation are providing $175,000 in monetary support and product donations to help the people and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Andersen Corporation is donating $100,000 of windows and doors to Houston Habitat for Humanity to help with rebuilding efforts. The Andersen Corporate Foundation is making a $50,000 donation and pledging to match up to $25,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross.

“The Andersen team is pleased to provide this important support to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey,” said Jay Lund, Andersen Chairman and CEO.

Andersen and Habitat for Humanity have partnered for more than 20 years to build quality affordable homes for families across the country.

“We’re very thankful for the generous donation of windows and doors from Andersen,” said Allison Hay, Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity. “We have many Habitat families impacted by this disaster and Andersen’s proactive support is much appreciated.”

Houston Habitat for Humanity has built over 1,000 affordable homes for low-income families. For more information about Houston Habitat visit www.houstonhabitat.org.

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About Andersen Corporation

Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, Silver Line®, American Craftsman®, EMCO® and Weiland® brands. Andersen was founded in 1903 and employs nearly 11,000 people in locations across North America. Andersen is a privately held company. Visit us at andersencorporation.com.

“Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries. © 2017 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Kimberly Welch

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Andersen employees give back–this time, in the form of blood

At Andersen, our employees help create a better world by building and creating world-class windows and doors, and supporting our local communities. In August, Andersen employees in the Minnesota area gave their time and blood to the American Red Cross.

Giving blood through Red Cross blood drives has been a long-time Andersen tradition dating back to 1951. Since then, our company holds multiple blood drives each year – giving our employees the option to donate. Each year we collect more than 350 units, positively impacting the lives of over 1,000 patients. One of our employees, Jim Taylor, has loyally donated his blood to the Red Cross through Andersen for 18 years. “A short, 20-minute process can save many lives. The most rewarding part of donating my blood is being able to track its journey from my arm to the patient,” says Jim.

The American Red Cross made stops this August at our three Minnesota facilities in Bayport, Cottage Grove, and Oak Park Heights. In total, 73 units of blood were collected from our employees! Did you know that just one unit of blood can save up to 3 lives? Imagine the impact our employees had in the community just this month. Thank you to all who donated.

 

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Applying real-life experience in engineering to mentor young students

At Andersen Corporation, volunteerism and making a difference in our local communities has been engrained in our values for more than 100 years. That’s why we offer our employees volunteer opportunities that support STEM education (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).

This summer, a dozen female engineers from Andersen Corporation volunteered at UW-Stout’s 21st annual STEPS for Girls camp, a weeklong summer camp that inspires confidence in young girls by structuring their STEM involvement. Employees volunteered side by side with 160 seventh-grade girls from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, California and even Spain. The volunteers are taught to teach in math, chemistry, foundry, fab lab, robotics, manufacturing, electronics and packaging labs. Leading our volunteer efforts was Kari Berthiaume, an Advanced Manufacturing manager in Andersen’s Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) department at our headquarters in Bayport, Minn.

For Kari, it’s important to apply her real-life experience in engineering to mentor young students, as they are at the key age to start exploring STEM-related opportunities. To learn more about UW-Stout’s STEPS camp for young girls, read this article: http://bit.ly/2wwMV99.

Our support of STEM education is one of the many examples of how corporate citizenship is, and always will be, a core value at Andersen. For more than a century, we have given back to the communities where we live and work through our volunteerism efforts.

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Andersen employee Kari Berthiaume at UW-Stout’s annual STEPS for Girls camp.

 

Top Workplace FINAL

Star Tribune Names Renewal by Andersen a 2017 Top Workplace

Earlier this summer, Renewal by Andersen, our full-service window replacement division of Andersen Corporation, was named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We are so honored by this recognition!

Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. The survey included responses from over 69,000 employees at Minnesota public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

To be named a 2017 Top Workplace by our very own employees is a humbling experience that we are so excited to share.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces by our employees. Our employees are the heart and soul of our company. Making Renewal by Andersen a place they are proud to work is a top priority for us”, said Paul Delahunt, president of Renewal by Andersen.

Headquartered in Minnesota, Renewal by Andersen has expanded to nearly 100 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1995. It has become one of the largest replacement window networks in the country, having installed more than 4 million windows.

Congratulations to the entire team.

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