Harry Sunner and his father Joe Sunner are proud of the family business.
Durabuilt Windows & Doors Newest Design Gallery Showcases the Company’s Bright Spirit by Nerissa McNaughton with photos by EPIC Photography Inc.
ounded in 1988 and purchased by the Sunner family in 1995, Durabuilt Windows & Doors is a long-standing and very much beloved member of the city’s business community.
The Sunner family purchased the business because they saw how PVC windows were poised to take over aluminium and wood. With just 12 people and 10,000 square feet of warehouse and sales space, the Sunner family’s new venture began. Thanks to a keen eye for trends and a sharp mind for
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business, the company grew rapidly. In 2002, a second design gallery was added on Edmonton’s south side. “Meanwhile,” says company president Harry Sunner, “the head office in the west end became somewhat stale and had turned into a typical ‘showroom’ space. As soon as we become ‘typical,’ that’s trouble and time for change. With that same eye for progression and detail that made the company so successful to date, the west end gallery was reinvented and opened in May of this year.”
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As with most businesses in Alberta, Durabuilt cannot turn a blind eye to the current economic situation. However, the company chooses to use these challenging times to focus on innovation. The challenging economy has also brought to light how much Sunner and the management team of Durabuilt care about the company’s employees.
The design gallery showcases the latest products and trends.
Bringing the vision for the west end gallery to life was Cormode & Dickson, a commercial construction firm that has been building beautiful and functional spaces since 1962. With offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray in Alberta, along with a presence in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, Cormode & Dickson builds prefab steel and custom building projects across Canada. Their commitment to total customer satisfaction has earned them an outstanding reputation. Cormode & Dickson’s work in the west end gallery is a testament to the firm’s experience and skills, and it expertly showcases Durabuilt’s outstanding collection of windows and doors.
“Windows and doors are a bold fashion statement to any home. Our new Durabuilt design gallery brings ideas to life. It’s the catwalk for windows and doors,” laughs Sunner. “The gallery gives clients a panoramic view of design options to fit every style of project. New construction, renovations, commercial – nothing is scaled down.” Durabuilt is, as always, at the forefront of emerging design trends. Sunner points out, “Durabuilt now offers many colour options, thanks to our new lamination process, and by incorporating new manufacturing technology into our processes we are able to offer a greater range of trendy options at even more affordable price points.”
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DESIGN GALLERY GRAND OPENING He and his team couldn’t be happier about the range of products in the new gallery. “We have, for example, Vivacé, which is a European inspired tilt and turn window and door system.” As with most businesses in Alberta, Durabuilt cannot turn a blind eye to the current economic situation. However, the company chooses to use these challenging times to focus on innovation. The challenging economy has also brought to light how much Sunner and the management team of Durabuilt care about the company’s employees. “I think we are all surviving a very tough economic cycle,” the president says soberly. “The younger generation of Albertans have never experienced such turbulent times. As a privately owned company, it is very hard to relay the reality of the situation and remain optimistic at the same time. We have a 430 person ‘family’ to feed and grow, and we take it personally. This gets hard on you personally and causes many sleepless nights. But we are too arrogant to fail! I am proud to say I have earned my father’s trust, and we as a company have conquered our way through a tough journey with many war wounds. We are a great father and son duo. Watching my father be immune to giving up has helped me in all aspects of my own life. “Despite the economic challenges, we are all inspired by the company’s success, the adrenaline of victory and seeing people around us grow and build their careers. “We are committed to our industry, client partners, employees and suppliers. It is important for Alberta to stay strong in the manufacturing sector, and we pride ourselves as an Edmonton company.” Sunner expresses gratitude for Durabuilt’s clients. The many repeat customers, the new customers and those that have yet to discover how Durabuilt can elevate their building projects. “Thank you!” he says to Durabuilt’s existing, new and potential customers. “A humble and genuine thank you. We have earned a great level of respect over the years. We earn our way no
matter how big we get. This eventually gets recognized and appreciated.” Durabuilt’s commitment to excellence has earned the company recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. “Merit goes to my father, who has been instrumental in my life,” says Sunner humbly, “alongside my entire family. I’m also
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Beauty, function and style come together in the gallery, giving builders plenty of options for outstanding results.
grateful to The Executives Committee. Being a part of this great group has given me a place to learn and be challenged and accountable. A big thank you also goes out to our executive management group led by Amar Randhawa, general manager, and Sunny Kalkat, operations manager.” With a passion for the company’s products and services, a great team of employees, loyal customers and a new design centre to show how it all comes together, Durabuilt Windows and Doors is poised to take on the future – and everything the future has in store for the company.
Sunner concludes, “We will simply continue to grow to be the best, constantly thirsty, always innovating, continuously hard working in our efforts to be the brand recognized and loved in the industry.”
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