About a year ago, Florida Window and Door, a replacement window company that services the east coast of Florida, moved to North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth from Palm Beach Gardens.
“We love Lake Worth,” said Scott Berman, the company’s president. “It’s been a great advantage being in Lake Worth than being in Palm Beach Gardens by being centrally located, and we’re able to attract a greater pool of applicants for the jobs we have.”
Florida Window and Door, in business since 2008, is also expanding.
On Aug. 1, the company spent between $2.5 and $4 million to buy Central Window, a Vero Beach-based firm.
“We’re looking for companies in the neighborhood from $5 to $10 million because we believe we can add value,” Berman said. “This is the second acquisition in 12 months that fit that criteria.”
Last year, Florida Window and Door bought Indian River Glass in New Smyrna Beach for about $4 million, Berman said.
“The owner was looking to retire, and the brand needed a refresh and some new thinking,” Berman said.
Mindy McDonald, an accounting manager and vice president with Indian River Glass, said the purchase felt right.
“We’ve been in business for 42 years and we were still very ‘42 years ago’,” she said. “Scott has just brought fresh ideas, new advertising, technical items and he’s been willing to spend money as we’ve bought new trucks and hired new people.”
McDonald said Berman has a ton of ideas for marketing and advertising, something Indian River needed.
“Before, we relied on word of mouth,” she said.
Wendy Labadie, a controller at Central Window, whose husband owned the business, said the company has seen several changes in the 39 years it’s been running.
“We have seen the consolidation of vendors in the marketplace and being a small business owner in Vero Beach, not getting the attention that a larger Home Depot gets,” she said. “Without the right support, we’re just a little nobody here.”
Labadie and her husband said they’re staying at Central Window and look forward to working with Berman.
“We’re looking forward to better pricing, higher efficiency and more support for this industry,” she said.
Both companies that were purchased by Florida Window and Door kept their business names and remain in their current locations.
Berman said he plans to hire 20 to 30 more employees in the next three months in Lake Worth.
“We’re centralizing functions there which will require us to add additional people and add resources,” he said.
Florida Window and Door moved its showroom, headquarters and distribution center in 2017 from Fairway Drive in the Gardens, to 1125 N. Dixie Highway, where the old Chuck’s Appliance Store once took up space.
In 2014, Berman spent about $800,000 to buy the 18,000 square foot building, 15,000 square feet more than what Florida Window and Door used to occupy.
Berman told The Palm Beach Post in 2016 that he spent $1.8 million renovating the building, which had been vacant for years.
Before moving, Berman also told The Post two years ago, that Lake Worth is a little rough.
“We’ve had some break-ins, graffiti and illegal dumping of trash, but the city is trying to correct some of those issues,” he said. “I didn’t invest this type of money to have my investment tarnished.”