Gravina’s Top Infinity Window Dealer in America

Jan 23, 2017 – Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton was honored with the top spot in the Annual Top 10 Dealers award for most sales in the country, at the Infinity Windows from Marvin Executive Forum.  Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is one of the original Infinity Dealers in the country, dating back to 2004.

gravinas infinity window dealer of the year

As Colorado’s, and now the country’s top retailer of Infinity Windows from Marvin, Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton could not have accomplished this without all our loyal customers. Thank you! And to all our employees, thank you for your hard work and dedication. This demonstrates our dedication to installing the best quality windows at the absolute best value.

“All of us at Infinity Replacement Windows sincerely appreciate our relationship with you and your organization. As family run businesses, we share the same vision of taking care of our customers, our employees, and our communities.

We wish Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton continued success in the coming year, and look forward to working with you to bring homeowners the very best window and door replacement experience.”

Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton has been the number one dealer in Denver year after year for Marvin Windows fiberglass replacement window, Infinity. For 2016, we are the number one dealer in the nation after being number two last year. Thank you to all of our customers and Marvin Windows and Doors.

Congrats to my Dad, Jim Gravina, and his entire team!

 

Phoenix, Arizona – January 23, 2017

Gravina’s Press Release

The Denver Home Show is not just about windows and sofas

How can homeowners make the most out of home shows?

on Monday, 22 February 2016. Posted in Gravina’s Blog

2015 DENVER HOME SHOW

We love the Denver Home show because it is a great destination for a busy person.   One stop shopping, helps homeowners find everything under one roof from replacement windows to Japanese flower gardens.

Here are a few other reasons:

To save money

Everybody loves a good deal.  Exhibitors at the show often have ‘show deals’ on their products and services. These deals are exclusive and they are a huge bonus for Denver Home Show attendees.

Quality products and services

The Denver Home Show features the highest quality exhibitors. Attendees browse through exceptional products and meet skilled individuals without worrying about scams or shortcuts.

Sometimes, even DIYers need a little help.

Whether an attendee is looking for quick advice from a stage presentation, or project assistance from an exhibitor, the Denver Home Show is the perfect destination for them to get the job done.

Fun, fun, fun for everyone!

The Denver Home Show is not just about windows and sofas.  It features numerous fun activities for young and old.   With fantastic TV personalities, new trends and products, contests and fun for the whole family.

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Companies Like AT&T and Vivint Will Be Tomorrow’s Connected-Home Innovators

The connected home market is garnering more hype and attention than ever before. Post-Consumer Electronics Show 2015, the market is awash with new and rejuvenated players promoting innovative solutions, each striving for a bigger piece of the pie.

Driven by lower technology costs and heightened consumer interest, the continued digitization of the home is now seeing blue-chip service providers from telecom, security, solar and big-box retail move to incorporate a greater variety of non-traditional services.

Just as utilities were initially targeting energy-conscious consumers with the first phase of home energy management point solutions, other service providers were similarly engaged in their respective markets. Telecom companies offered internet and cable services, solar developers deployed rooftop panels, and home security companies were mostly limited to setting up cameras and sensors.

Today, pivoting from their respective points of entrance into the connected home, service providers are branching out into new territory by embracing more comprehensive multi-service solutions.


Source: Energy in the Connected Home 2015
Almost every major telecom and home security player now offers a subscription-based smart home solution, primarily focused on security, automation and home energy management — in that order.

Discounted bundle offerings, combining additional cellphone, TV, cable, and smart-home services, have gained significant traction with customers. Aside from small differences typically left to the fine print (for example, Midcontinent Communications requires connected-home customers to be subscribed to its internet services), solutions generally promote similar pricing schemes and competitive home service capabilities. Only by examining the underlying components of these solutions can we understand the full extent of their competitive advantages.
Popping the hood on broadband and security provider solutions

Most broadband and security solution providers are relatively new connected-home market entrants and therefore are eager to attract customers. In order to rapidly deploy a solution capable of hosting in-demand home services, most have turned to licensing third-party platforms from companies like Icontrol and AlertMe (now owned by U.K. utility British Gas). With the exceptions of Alarm.com, Vivint Inc. and AT&T, few companies have invested in developing their own end-to-end home platforms. In fact, Vivint only released its proprietary Sky platform in April 2014. Though it still supports and services customers on its previously licensed platform from Alarm.com, moving beyond the confines of a third-party platform has allowed Vivint to develop some very interesting capabilities.

“The launch of the Sky cloud system pushed our customer adoption rate of additional services to nearly 70 percent, driving our average [recurring monthly revenue] per new subscriber for the year to an all-time high of $61.89,” stated Vivint Inc.’s CEO Todd Pedersen during the Q4 2014 earnings call. He went on to say, “We also rolled out our high-speed wireless internet service and built out the infrastructure needed to accelerate growth in 2015. Our wireless internet offering, along with the data cloud storage technology we acquired last year, provides a winning bundle in the smart-home space.”

While it may require a significant capital investment, it is these players with the necessary in-house expertise that will continue to innovate and develop the next generation of home services.

Source: Energy in the Connected Home 2015

 

A glance at AT&T’s Digital Life

Since its 2010 acquisition of home automation software developer Xanboo, AT&T has built out its proprietary smart home platform Digital Life across its proprietary monitoring and data centers, as well as its 3G network. Though AT&T has undoubtedly made substantial investments into its platform, it has also created new revenue opportunities. AT&T’s 3G services have been used by many third-party HEMS platform providers, including Vivint, Digi’s X-Grid solution, and E3 Greentech. The telecom giant has also developed and implemented cellular-based smart grid communication and utility payment solutions.

Today, Digital Life serves approximately 140,000 subscribers across 82 U.S. markets. And the company’s not stopping there.

FIGURE: AT&T Digital Life Markets


Source: AT&T

 
AT&T continues to make substantial investments into its platform, leveraging its distribution channels and under-contract delivery partners. To better enable hosting of third-party applications, the company has been working to bring together an integration API program that will introduce an additional service layer between its cloud servers and smart-home ecosystem. In collaboration with eight automakers including Ford and General Motors, the service operator recently unveiled its Global Drive Platform, allowing seamless integration between the driver’s dashboard and the connected home system.

Yet most impressive of all, AT&T also offers its platform to other service providers operating outside of its own jurisdiction. Since its release, Digital Life-as-a-service has garnered significant market attention. In late 2014, AT&T signed a licensing deal with one of the largest global telecommunication companies, Telefonica.

As the connected home market matures and customer awareness increases, players such as AT&T will be need to continuously adapt their solutions and improve the user experience to meet tomorrow’s demand.

The recently released GTM Research report Energy in the Connected Home 2015 investigates different service provider offerings, underlying software platforms and hardware OEM partnerships.

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Andersen Windows plans major Minnesota expansion

Andersen Corp. is planning to add more than 300 jobs as part of a $45 million expansion project at its manufacturing facilities in Cottage Grove and North Branch, Minn.

Andersen, the largest window and patio door maker in the U.S., will announce the plans Monday at its Bayport headquarters, where the company recently completed another major expansion project.

“This is an exciting time for Andersen,” CEO Jay Lund said in a news release. “After navigating a historic housing market recession, our markets are beginning to recover. And more importantly our investments in innovation and diversification are fueling the growth of our company.”

Despite continued weakness in new home construction, Andersen has benefited from a pair of positive trends in the housing market.

The dramatic rise in demand for multifamily housing has boosted sales of Andersen’s 100 Series, a low-cost line of windows and doors that has proven popular among developers of apartment buildings, and an increased willingness among homeowners to invest in remodeling projects has fueled demand for the replacement window Andersen line.

Since it was launched in 2009, the 100 Series has been manufactured at Andersen’s plant in Garland, Texas. To meet growing demand, the company spent $18 million in the past year refitting 100,000 square feet of space in Bayport. The expansion resulted in the addition of 100 new jobs. The company employs more than 2,000 people in Bayport.
The 100 Series line is made with the company’s proprietary Fibrex composite material, an alternative to vinyl and aluminum that is 40 percent wood fiber recycled from Andersen’s other manufacturing operations.

Andersen patented Fibrex in 1991 and began using the material in its Renewal products in 1995. The company says Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl and prevents heat transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum.

“It offers a great value, because it’s fairly economical to produce,” Lund said. “That’s the third piece of the puzzle: We also have to grow our Fibrex capability.”
The company’s Fibrex extrusion facility in North Branch will receive a $7 million overhaul to increase its production capacity.

Andersen will receive $1.5 million from Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund and $500,000 from the Minnesota Investment fund for the Cottage Grove and North Branch expansions. The company received $625,000 from the Job Creation fund for its Bayport expansion.

Founded by Danish immigrants in 1903 in Hudson, Wis., Andersen moved across the river to Bayport in 1913. The company employs more than 10,000 people at 15 locations in the U.S.

The company’s best-selling product long has been its flagship 400 Series of windows and doors, the high-end precursor of the 100 Series. However, the 100 Series, which retails for about 20 percent less than the 400 Series, is growing fast.

The windows are sold directly to construction companies and are available at retail outlets.

“The 100 Series has become a very substantial part of our business,” Lund said. “It’s really enabled us to reach a different segment of the market. … I think the 100 Series has the potential to some day become our best-seller from a volume perspective.”

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