Marvin Windows, Competitor Take to the Hockey Rink

Marvin and Canadian rival Loewen Windows will face off Saturday in an international border battle for bragging rights on the hockey rink.

Marvin Windows and Doors and Loewen Windows have long competed for sales among homeowners, architects, and builders.
 
But on Saturday, the two northern window and door companies will compete for something entirely different: bragging rights on the hockey rink.
 
Warroad-based Marvin said that it and and Steinbach, Manitoba-based Loewen will face off in an international border battle at Warroad’s newly remodeled Olympic arena on Elk Street. Warroad is about six miles from the Canadian border, and the two companies are located about 90 miles apart. There are already plans for a rematch in March on Loewen’s home turf.
 
“We’re happy to invite our friends from Loewen to Warroad, to show them how we play hockey in Minnesota,” Paul Marvin, director of materials for Marvin Windows and Doors, said in a statement. “All kidding aside, these are two great companies that share a northern heritage and a love of winter sports that crosses national borders. We’ll have players from just about every department and every age range.”
 
Warroad native Dave Christian—a National Hockey League All-Star who was part of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. team that won Olympic gold—will referee. As quality manager of Cardinal Glass in Fargo, Christian produces insulated window glass used in both Marvin and Loewen products.
 
The game begins at 4:30 p.m., and all hockey enthusiasts are welcome. There is no charge for admission to the game, but free-will donations will be accepted to raise funds for new tables and seating in the Warroad arena’s lobby. Concession sales at the event also will go toward lobby furnishings, and there will be a raffle of VIP hockey gear and other items.
 
Although the competition is meant to be fun, it still goes to show just how serious Minnesotans are about hockey.
 
Last winter, Twin Cities Business explored the time and money spent supporting kids’ hockey in Minnesota. To read the resulting feature story, “Power Play,” click here.
 
Marvin, which employs roughly 4,200, including about 2,000 in Warroad, is 100 percent family owned. To learn more about the company—which received a 2012 Minnesota Family Business Award—click here.