Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes Operations in Brattleboro

first_imgEnergy Saving Pioneer Resumes OperationsBrattleboro, Vermont – November 10, 2008 – Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high performance insulated shades from their new Brattleboro factory. The company, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, was founded in Brattleboro. A local entrepreneur recently acquired the business, which had been moved to Seattle, Washington several years ago by its last corporate ownership, and returned it to Brattleboro under the direction of experienced management.The company reports tremendous response from users, energy auditors and dealers, all of whom had been very disappointed by the previous owner’s decision to close the operation. “I have never seen interest this high in my 15 years’ on and off experience with Window Quilt,” says Bryan Wittler, the company’s General Manager. “Thanks to excellent support from Brattleboro Development Credit Corp and enthusiastic pro bono assistance from several former managers, we have made great progress in preparing to meet the strong demand we anticipate in coming years. And our location in Brattleboro Development’s Book Press building is ideal, because there is almost unlimited room for future expansion.”Over a half million Window Quilts have been installed in residences, schools, national parks, and public buildings of all kinds. Window Quilt’s seasonal peak employment reached over 120 individuals during the energy conscious early 1980’s. “The need for energy saving products is greater than ever today and Window Quilts are still the most cost effective and easily deployed solution bar none,” says Larry Digney, the new owner. “The marketing possibilities for this product are immense. Our job is to make the newcomers to the field aware that 30% or more of the energy required to heat a building can be saved with our well-designed movable window insulation. Window Quilt ought to be a growing business for years to come.”Window Quilts, though simple in appearance, are highly engineered to address all the mechanisms that contribute to heat loss from the building envelope and discomfort in the interior space. The product incorporates a full perimeter seal and five-layer fabric with vapor barrier to provide insulation, block convection currents, and eliminate outside air infiltration. The company reports that in addition to the potential 30% reduction in energy consumption, rooms are more comfortable at lower thermostat settings because the shades block the radiation of body heat to the window and eliminate drafts caused by convection currents and infiltration of outside air.Window Quilts are available through specialty dealers who perform measurement and installation services, and are also available for direct purchase on the web to accommodate areas that don’t yet have a local dealer. Complete information is found at the company’s web site,.last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Randy Salser – Creating momentum (#92)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 92 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.My guest today is Randy Salser, the President of NAFCU Services Corporation. Listen as we talk about credit unions, leadership lessons learned, and life. Randy shares some great stuff on remote work, keeping teams connected, moving fast, and failing fast. Randy discusses how his team at NAFCU Services is holding up during this pandemic, how he has grown as a leader while leading through a global health crisis, and the changes he has seen credit unions makeover the last six months. They are having success with virtual conferences, but he is ready for in-person conferences to resume human interaction.In the leadership and life hacks section, we learn what inspired Randy to take the position at NAFCU Services and how the inspiration has changed over the years. Momentum is something his team has heard him say often, and Randy shares that he always could make hard decisions; he thinks he does it better now though. When he has a day off, he hangs out with his kids and travels around in their RV to his son’s laCrosse tournaments.We learned that Randy wanted to be a professional football player as a child during the rapid-fire questions, but in high school, that changed to an archeologist. Exercise and reading have become his daily routines, and time has become more important. I think you will enjoy this conversation. Stay well and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Randy:Randy Salser, President of NAFCU | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Randy and his team at NAFCU Services are doing here.Event mentioned: NAFCU Innovation SpotlightShout-out: Daniel WeickenandShout-out: Lisa SchlehuberShout-out: Debra SchwartzShout-out: Pete Hilger and his team at Allied SolutionsShout-out: Dan BergerShout-out: Carrie HuntShout-out: Anthony DemangoneShout-out: Randy’s wife Amy and their childrenShout-out: Jill NowackiAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Lynyrd SkynyrdAlbum mentioned: Straight outta ComptonAlbum mentioned: The ChronicShout-out: John SpenceBook mentioned: Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneBook mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpencePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Pete Hilger, Dan Berger, Carrie Hunt, John Spence, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) This Episode:[01:56] – Welcome to the show, Randy![02:10] – Randy shares how everyone is holding up at NAFCU Services.[03:35] – How have you grown as a leader with the pandemic?[05:22] – Randy discusses the changes he has seen over the last few months.[07:42] – Randy hopes that in-person conferences will continue soon, but for now, they still have them virtually, but in the future, they may become hybrid.[10:42] – They speak about staying in touch with the new technology when there are no trade shows to go to.[12:26] – What will you be the proudest of your team’s accomplishments in the next year?[13:34] – Randy shares what inspired him to take the position at NAFCU Services.[15:03] – Listen as Randy speaks about how the inspiration has changed over the last seven years.[16:00] – Randy says that momentum is something his team has heard him say over and over.[16:41] – Have you always had the ability to make hard decisions?[17:42] – Not listening to your team is a mistake he made and believes that today’s young leaders.[18:39] – A common myth that Randy wants to debunk is work smarter, not harder.[19:27] – Fail fast and move on is something they taught him early in his career.[20:35] – How have mentors and advice overall been beneficial in your career?[22:12] – Randy discusses what he likes to do to recharge when he has a day off.[23:55] – Randy was a jock in high school, and he got into fights a lot.[24:35] – When he was young, he wanted to be a professional football player, but he wanted to be an archeologist when he got into high school.[25:31] – Since the pandemic, exercise and reading have been his daily routine.[27:05] – What is the best album of all time?[28:26] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[29:41] – Time has become more important, and negative energy has become less important.[30:31] – When you hear the word success, which is the first person to come to mind?[31:04] – Randy shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[31:43] – Thank you so much for being on the show! This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data…center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more