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Andersen Windows and Cheeriodicals Utilize Team Building

Orlando, FL, April 28, 2017 –A team of employees from Andersen Windows, along with Cheeriodicals, delivered cheer in the form of 150 big green boxes to patients at the Florida Hospital for Children during a “Cheeriodicals Day” event held on April 28, 2017. Cheeriodicals are “big green boxes of cheer” made up, in this case, of age-appropriate magazines and activity books, room decorations, puzzles, stickers and games for the children to enjoy.

During the AIA Conference on Architecture held in Orlando, the Andersen Team collaborated with architects attending the Andersen booth to compile the gift boxes. To help educate attendees Andersen, Cheeriodicals, and Florida Hospital kicked the day off speaking at Hanley Wood’s Architect LIVE event, highlighting the unique collaboration and opportunity to spread cheer. “The atmosphere in the booth was really energizing as everyone worked together to create something bigger than themselves,” said Gary Massenzio, Architect Sales Rep. “It was a lot of fun and very rewarding.”

“We’re so excited to deliver smiles to the Florida Hospital for Children today,” said Ben DeLoach, Director of Business Development and Events of Cheeriodicals. “This is the third time we’ve worked with Andersen this year to assemble Big Green Boxes of Cheer to deliver to hospitalized children and their families. The experience has been life-changing.”

“It has been such an amazing day for the children and families at our hospital today,” said Lisa Robertson, Patient and Family Experience Manager at Florida Hospital for Children. “We were so pleased to have the Andersen team and architects visit today to spread cheer to the children and families in our hospital.”

After a special delivery to the hospital, free of charge, by Two Men and a Truck, Orlando, Cheeriodicals, employees from Andersen Windows, AIA, as well as architects from across the US began handing out the big green boxes of cheer to patient families at the hospital. The boxes were tailored to boys or girls and specific age groups and are sure to bring joy to the children.

“Andersen is deeply engaged in serving our community, including the community of Orlando. Today’s event was special for all involved and we are so proud to be a part of it,” said Sandi Andrews, Sales Director at Andersen Windows.

Cheeriodicals Day is catching on across the country. Cheeriodicals has worked with children’s hospitals in dozens of markets nationwide including: Houston, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Columbus, New York and Omaha on Cheeriodicals Days and has plans to continue working with corporate sponsors to bring cheer to children’s hospitals throughout the country.

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® and American Craftsman® 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.

About Cheeriodicals

Cheeriodicals is a national corporate team building company that conducts philanthropic events benefiting children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, Veterans Hospitals and other charities across the country.   For more information about Cheeriodicals, Alabama Launchpad 2014 winner, visit www.boxesofcheer.com, or follow Cheeriodicals on Twitter and Facebook.

About Florida Hospital for Children

Florida Hospital is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care providers with 22 campuses serving communities throughout Florida. Being a not for profit hospital means we are here for something much more important: you. For more than 100 years, we have been profoundly committed to those who seek our care. We’ve become known the world over for the expert, compassionate, individualized attention given to the millions who have already passed through our doors, and the million plus patients who visit us each year. Visit us at https://www.floridahospital.com/children.

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Andersen Corporation Hosts Annual Community Meal Packing Event

Nov. 7 through Nov. 11, Andersen Corporation hosted 1,100 volunteers- both employees and community members, during an annual Community Meal Packing Event held at Andersen’s Corporate Administrative Offices in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. Meals from the Heart, a division of the non-profit organization Mano Amiga, organized this event to help deliver nutritious meals to people in need.

This year, 328,240 bags of pizza mac and rice meals were packed in roughly 700 hours. Locally, these meals will be placed in food pantries in western Wisconsin, Stillwater, St. Paul and other eastern Minnesota communities in partnership with Ruby’s Pantry. They will reach 70 locations resulting in 14,000 families fed.

Over the past five years, Andersen employees have contributed nearly 6,000 volunteer hours to packing meals. In addition to company time, Andersen Corporation has donated more than $65,000 to the non-profit organization; Mano Amiga. In all, more than 3 million meals have been distributed by Meals from the Heart. The generous effort of all volunteers is providing relief to thousands of families that are facing hunger each month.

 

From a mother:               

“We are very thankful for your meals here in northern Minnesota. If it wasn’t for these meals and the hard work that goes into packaging and distribution; I don’t know what I could have done to provide for my family this past year. I feel truly blessed living in Minnesota to have such great people who are trying to end hungry. Thank you for all of your hard work and care that is put into these meals that provide nutrition to the less fortunate/down on their luck. Thank you from my entire family.”

To read more about Andersen Corporation’s community involvement efforts visit: www.andersencorporation.com

 

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Proving the Affordability of Green Building With Eco Village

Eco Village is quickly becoming a national showcase for affordable sustainable building. The development is one of the first Habitat for Humanity communities to incorporate on-site renewable energy options commonly associated with more expensive communities. This includes features like photo-voltaic arrays, super-insulated walls, and existing energy efficient window technology using Andersen® 400 Series products.

Eco Village homes – single family and duplex units – are designed with sustainable building principles, including:

  • Using less water through rain/storm water harvest applications (barrels/cisterns), landscaping and gardening.
  • Achieving carbon negative, net-zero energy use, by mounting photo-voltaic panels and solar hot-water arrays on roofs, and using existing energy efficient high-performance window technology.

The project broke ground in 2012, and Andersen has been proud to support Eco Village by funding windows as well as employee volunteer support. Andersen volunteers have logged thousands of hours at Eco Village over the past three years.

Eco Village homes are ENERGY STAR 3.0 certified. The homes have Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores of 33 to 39 without photovoltaic arrays and HERS scores of -5 to 14 with photovoltaics.

In addition to reducing environmental impacts, this project promotes the social aspects of sustainable living. Drastically reduced utility bills resulting from energy efficient building envelopes provides additional discretionary funds available for groceries, education and other necessities. Walking trails and edible landscape promote the human and social aspects of a vibrant community.

While Net Zero homes have often been considered an option for those who have the financial means to absorb the up-front costs, Eco Village is fast proving that this is an affordable option that helps keep homeownership affordable year over year.

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Greenbuild 2015 Education Session- The Affordability Gap: Bringing Net Zero to the 99%

This November, we’re so excited to be heading to Washington D.C. for Greenbuild 2015! Andersen Corporation has been a proud sponsor of U.S. Green Building Council since 1997, and has attended Greenbuild since 2001- It’s always been such a fun show, and we love returning year after year.

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Did you know that in addition to our booth presence in the expo hall, we will be hosting an education session on Thursday, November 9 of Greenbuild from 3-4pm? Andersen Corporation’s own Chairman, President, and CEO Jay Lund will be joining Habitat for Humanity (HfH) leaders in a discussion highlighting HfH’s award winning Eco Village in River Falls, Wisconsin.     

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Eco Village in River Falls, Wisconsin is a wonderful example of a community of volunteer-built LEED Platinum homes (18 when all complete), achieving negative HERS ratings and net zero energy. Our presentation, The Affordability Gap: Bringing Net Zero to the 99%, is designed to enlighten and explore a new model for attaining net zero in affordable housing using existing technology, integrated project design and ongoing community engagement. Upon entering the session, attendees will be greeted by sensory experiences that bring the sights, sounds, and smells of a familiar neighborhood into the room. How and why should net zero building be nationally relevant? Sign up and attend the session to hear from our three presenters- and live tweet your thoughts and opinions with the hashtag #NetZeroNow!

 

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Andersen Corporation and Habitat for Humanity Join Together to Build Generation Acres

Andersen Corporate Foundation was founded in 1941 with the mission to “better people’s lives and strengthen communities focusing primarily where Andersen employees live and work”. One of the five focus areas of Andersen Corporate Foundation is to provide funding to organizations that deliver affordable housing to low-income families. For more than 20 years, Andersen Corporation has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build quality affordable homes for families across the country and around the world.

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September 15 through 17, 75 Andersen employees joined together with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to volunteer at a multi-year housing project in Hugo, Minnesota. Andersen Corporation is donating all the windows and patio doors for the 33 Habitat for Humanity homes. In addition, Andersen Corporation donated $300,000 over three years to support construction of the Generation Acres neighborhood. The three days spent at the build site in Hugo, Minnesota gave employees at Andersen a chance to not only build homes, but to also build relationships with each other. Tasks included sheetrocking and installing Andersen 100 Series windows. By the end of the multi-year project, there will be a neighborhood of completed townhomes which will provide safe and affordable housing for approximately 175 individuals, including 100 children.

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Mindy Sachs, Community Relations Specialist at Andersen Corporation says, “I’m proud to be an Andersen volunteer!” “There is gratitude in knowing that we are building homes that families will grow and thrive in for years to come.”

This project is one of the many Habitat for Humanity builds Andersen Corporation employees have participated in this year. Corporate citizenship is a value that Andersen honors deeply, and Habitat for Humanity embodies that mission. To learn more about Andersen Corporation’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, click on this link: http://www.andersencorporation.com/corporate-responsibility/community-involvement/

 

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2013 Corporate Sustainability Report: A Window to a Better World

We’re proud to release our third annual Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR): A Window to a Better World. The CSR, highlights the long-standing values, commitments and practices that signify Andersen’s sustainability heritage.

We invite you to read our report  here and welcome your feedback!