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Housing Slump Forces Cuts at a Small-Town Company – NYTimes.com

Warroad, Minnesota. From everydot.com.
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WARROAD, Minn.

THREE THINGS matter big in this flyspeck city just south of the Canadian border: hockey, walleye and Marvin.

Not necessarily in that order. Yes, Warroad, nicknamed “Hockeytown, U.S.A.,” has sent six of its sons to the N.H.L. And the walleye plucked from Lake of the Woods are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner down at the Lakeview Restaurant.

But Marvin — as in, Marvin Windows and Doors — is the commercial engine in these parts and has been since George G. Marvin arrived in 1904. So when times get tough at Marvin, as they are now, the 1,700 or so residents of Warroad hold their collective breath.

But in this season of economic unease, when neither Washington nor Wall Street seems to have the answers, the descendants of George Marvin are going against the grain. Unlike so many other companies, Marvin Windows has neither laid off workers nor reduced health insurance benefits. And, its executives vow, it won’t.

Marvin Windows might seem like a footnote in the nation’s economic ledger. It employs roughly 4,300 people, about 2,000 of them here, and has annual sales somewhere from $500 million to $1 billion. But what this company is doing — and, more to the point, what it is not doing — is worth knowing.

via Housing Slump Forces Cuts at a Small-Town Company – NYTimes.com.

Strange Random Hockey Quote:

”Hockey’s the only place where a guy can go nowadays and watch two white guys fight.” – Frank Deford

 

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