WARROAD, Minn.—With more than 5,000 employees in 12 factories across the United States—about 2,100 of whom are located in Minnesota—The Marvin Cos. are one of the largest made-to-order window and door manufacturers in the world. In October, the family-owned firm named Paul Marvin as president and CEO. He is a member of the fourth generation of the Marvin family to work in the business. In this Q&A, he answers questions about his background, his family's legacy and Marvin's century-long history in its headquarters town of Warroad, Minn.
Jeff Fagerstrom is director of the Northwest Minnesota Housing Cooperative in Thief River Falls. In partnership with government and nonprofit agencies, the for-profit cooperative is answering one of the region's biggest unmet needs: It's building smaller, more affordable homes. In this interview with Prairie Business, Fagerstrom explains how the process works. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q. First, tell us about your organization.