In a competitive Elkhart, Ind., business environment, StateWide Windows has achieved a high employee retention rate as 80% of its workforce has been with the company for more than three years.
According to a press release, a full 37% of the team has been with StateWide for over 10 years and 48% has logged over five years. Seven workers have over 20 years with the firm.
“We pride ourselves in maintaining a loyal family of team members,” said Director of Operations Doug Eberlein. “We accomplish this through adhering to the values of our company’s internal mission statement of making StateWide Windows ‘A great place to work, learn and grow’ for everyone. Our family of team members are the most valuable asset we have, so we treat them with respect accordingly.”
StateWide Windows is a tier-one manufacturer of aluminum-framed windows and frameless, bonded windows for the truck cap, horse trailer, recreational vehicle, cargo trailer and shuttle bus industries. In 2006 the company was purchased and became a division of Truck Accessories Group (TAG) alongside the LEER family of companies.
The company changed its name from StateWide Aluminum to StateWide Windows in 2013 to more accurately reflect the market it serves. In 2017, the company will celebrate its 78th year in business.
Eberlein spoke to the stability StateWide offers its employees. “I think the fact that we’ve been an established business for so many years,” he said. “Supplying windows for Leer Truck Caps and the TAG group is our primary focus, so we offer our team more stability than many big RV builders and tier-one parts manufacturers in our region.”
Eberlein explained that the StateWide Window’s workforce isn’t subjected to the habitual cycle of layoffs and rehiring so common with other manufacturers in Elkhart County. “Since we have a pretty even work schedule, our people appreciate the stability and reliable income we provide to their families. We understand how disruptive layoffs are to households, both from a financial standpoint and scheduling of childcare point of view. We try our best to avoid them.”
Today, at 170 employees, StateWide Windows continue to grow. A full 70% of its team is comprised of women. “Since the majority of our team is female, we have some special accommodations we have developed over the years to help take the stress off our families,” said Human Resource Manager, Angel Kaper.
Kaper noted that StateWide Windows also offers competitive wages and benefits, a drug free workplace, excellent benefit packages and a culture in which employees are treated with respect.