Member Company News

MI Windows and Doors today announced a formal ownership transition plan to be led by the current management team at MIWD. The management team, along with the support of Pete DeSoto and ShoreView Industries, has successfully completed a transaction to purchase MI Windows and Doors from JT Walker Industries.

Pete DeSoto, an industry veteran of more than 50 years, will become Chairman of the newly formed entity. Matt DeSoto has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the business. Mike DeSoto will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Stan Sullivan will take on the role of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO).

"As MI Windows and Doors continues its long tradition of providing quality products to the housing market, I am pleased to hand over the reins to our seasoned management team whose drive and significant expertise in the fenestration industry will advance our continued growth as a leading manufacturing company," said Pete DeSoto. "I am proud that our team members at MIWD have made an indelible mark in providing best-in-class products to the building industry. Our commitment to making quality products and delivering them accurately and on-time has never been stronger. Moving forward, I am anxious to work with the management team to accelerate our efforts of being an industry leader."

MI Windows and Doors has partnered with Minneapolis-based ShoreView Industries to complete an ownership transition of the 60 year old building products manufacturer. As a result of the transaction, ShoreView Industries will hold a significant minority interest in MIWD.

Brett Habstritt, Partner at ShoreView Industries, will join the MIWD board, and is enthusiastic about the prospects for growth. "MIWD is an industry leader and we feel that the timing could not be better to assist in the next phase of growth for the business. We are truly excited to be partnering with the MI Windows and Doors management team and Pete DeSoto on this opportunity," he said.

Matt DeSoto echoed the excitement felt about the future of MIWD, "We are quite honored with the opportunity that has been provided to us and feel very fortunate to have the best team members, customers, and suppliers in the industry. Furthermore, our entire team is thankful to have the vast experience of Pete DeSoto and the ShoreView team behind us."

About MI Windows and Doors:

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. For additional information about MI Windows and Doors, visit

About Shoreview Industries:

Based in Minneapolis, ShoreView Industries manages $600 million in private equity funds. ShoreView invests in established companies with operations in North America, across a wide range of industries. ShoreView structures a variety of acquisition, recapitalization and build-up transactions, typically in businesses with revenues ranging between $20 million and $300 million. For more information about ShoreView industries, visit

Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial windows and doors; greenhouses; conservatories; sunrooms; skylights; folding, sliding, and stacking walls and screens has been nominated for the U.S. Chamber of Community Excellence Award and selected as 1 of 100 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Award Winners.

Pine Grove, PA, February 14, 2013 - Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial windows and doors; greenhouses; conservatories; sunrooms; skylights; folding, sliding, and stacking walls and screens has been honored and selected as 1 of 100 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Award Winners, representing the best in American small business.

"The Blue Ribbon Award winners show that, even facing uncertainty and economic challenges, small businesses can grow and succeed," said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. "They are America's economic engine, driving growth and job creation all across this country."

As a Blue Ribbon award winner, Solar Innovations, Inc. is also eligible to win the Community Excellence Award, which is designed to highlight a business that has found success in the eyes of its community. Only the 100 Blue Ribbon winners are eligible for this award that celebrates a small business' commitment to their community.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Community Excellence Award will be determined by an online vote, taking place from February 11th to February 22nd. Community members, team members, friends, and family can vote online during this time. All are welcome to vote; however, only one vote per person is allowed. As this award is a great honor, Solar asks for your help by voting.

Votes can be cast for Solar Innovations, Inc. by visiting:

Solar Innovations, Inc., is a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial windows and doors; greenhouses; conservatories; sunrooms; skylights; folding, sliding, and stacking walls and screens. Founded in April 1998, Solar will celebrate its 15th anniversary on April 15th 2013. For further information please contact Solar Innovations, Inc. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (800) 618-0669.

Q: What was the big idea that caused you to launch your company?

I saw a need, as well as a demand, for our type of tax consulting services when I
worked at the corporate headquarters of a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. With
the complex and ever-changing sales and use tax and property tax regulations
varying from state to state, I saw that the administrative burden of keeping
current could represent a significant challenge to the internal resources of
any organization. ARS was formed and continues to grow as a direct result of
today's business climate and the ever increasing tax burdens directed toward

Q: What is your secret to attracting new customers and keeping your best clients satisfied?

The best way to attract new customers is to let your existing customers do it for you
through referrals and testimonials. For all clients, large and small, client
service is key. One of the key services we offer is an "after the fact" seminar
that we put on for our clients' key in-house personnel to ensure that they do
not make the same mistakes over again. Lastly, I can't say enough about our
staff and consistency.

Q: How do you keep abreast of the latest developments in your industry, the business world and personal leadership development?

I am on the board of directors and executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce. This allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of the
business community not only in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland,
but we frequently discuss the affairs and innovative ideas of other major
cities throughout the country and also discuss major business proposals.

Q: Describe your company culture. What role do you, as the leader, play in creating and maintaining that culture?

I don't believe in the layers of management and hierarchy. In my opinion, to be a great
leader, you first have to be a great listener and be able to honestly evaluate
any feedback.

Q: What has been the most surprising or rewarding aspect of leadership for you?

The most rewarding aspect is seeing others succeed – not only my employees, but the
results we have achieved for our clients. One example is when we delivered a
sales and use tax refund check to a privately held manufacturing client, he
hugged me and began crying. I asked if everything was OK, and he replied, "You
don't understand, you just paid for my daughter's college education. We were
just trying to figure out how we could afford to send her to college." Needless
to say, it was a great feeling!

Q: Where do you see your company in five years? In 10 years?

The economic downturn in this country is detrimental for businesses but provides ARS with the opportunities
to help reduce the burden of high taxes for the many, many businesses paying
more than their fair share of the tax burden. What might be most impressive is
that since ARS' inception in 1998, we have achieved profitable growth year
after year – even during these last two-plus years, where a down economy has
forced many consulting companies to close. During the next five-year period, I
would expect ARS to continue to see further growth.

TimBar Adds Atlanta Fulfillment Center

(New Oxford, Pennsylvania, December 17, 2012):  TimBar Packaging & Display's Point of Purchase Division is pleased to announce the opening of its new Atlanta Fulfillment facility scheduled for early January 2013.   The building is 151,119 square feet in total of which about 86,000 will be climate-controlled.  Capabilities will include hand-assembly, pack-out, fulfillment and distribution services.  "We are comfortable working with tight deadlines, multiple moving parts and various product manufacturers to ensure that our clients have a successful in-store merchandising campaign", stated Mark Sadock, VP & General Manager for TimBar Packaging & Display.  He added, "This new Atlanta location complements our flagship fulfillment location in Hanover, Pennsylvania to better service our customers' geographic fulfillment requirements."

About TimBar Packaging & Display

TimBar Packaging & Display has been a leading manufacturer of corrugated packaging since 1955.  The company offers a large array of products and services including corrugated sheets, shipping containers, retail packaging, point of purchase displays, protective foam and other specialty products.  The company also provides design, hand-assembly, fulfillment and distribution services.  To learn more, visit the company on-line at

TimBar Adds Pre-Print Capabilities

(New Oxford, Pennsylvania.  December 13, 2012) TimBar Packaging & Display's Oxford Division located in New Oxford, Pennsylvania is now offering preprint.  Printing the liner before it is combined into corrugated board allows very high quality flexographic printing to be achieved.  It also reduces the risk of wash boarding or the crushing of
flutes during printing.  "The ability to offer preprint enables us to better service our customers growing need for high graphic packaging and complements our litho-lamination capabilities", said Jim Simpson, VP and General Manager for TimBar Packaging & Display.

Preprinted liners are available in up to 7 colors plus coating and are printed with waterbased inks so they are environmentally friendly.  In addition, they can be printed on all Oxford Division flute profiles including B, C and E flutes.  TimBar Packaging & Display's Oxford Division is certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.


From the Pottsville Republican Herald
by leslie Richardson (staff writer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Office workers post their statuses on Facebook.

Production line employees talk and text on cell phones.

Sales representatives spend time on Twitter or check e-mails.

Some employers in Schuylkill County say all that gadgetry is bad for the workplace. Other businesses, however, believe social media helps reach out to customers.

"It's a double-edged sword," said Roger Wehbe, CEO of Yooter Interactive, a Pottsville-based search marketing agency. "I've seen social media decrease productivity dramatically but it can also increase productivity."

Read more: Internet use a mixed blessing for the workplace, local experts say