There are so many different ways that companies begin, some with an innovative idea they bring to reality and others with a vision of discovering new methods of expanding on an existing concept. The common bond among all is the courage, conviction, and willingness to take a risk in something they believe in. More importantly, there comes a time when opportunity presents itself and those with the above traits are perceptive enough to seize it. Two who did exactly that are Voytek Kaniewski and Yarek Ostaniewicz, and the company they founded is OKNA Windows & Doors.
Originally from Poland, Voytek and Yarek did not meet until forming a partnership in New York as general contractors, where their business was very successful and consistently growing. One facet of their business was, of course, installation of windows and they relied on a local manufacturer to provide the product as they needed it. Like so many other companies, when the need arises for parts and supplies timing is of the essence. As the demand for their services increased, so did their need for more products. They were becoming a familiar fixture at the local window manufacturer, who was feeling pressured to keep up with their demand. It finally got to the point where one day the owner facetiously said, “If you guys are buying so many windows and need them so quickly, why don’t you just start making your own?” Now, in the majority of similar scenarios, most people would just laugh it off and discard this kind of comment. Voytek and Yarek, while both possessing a wonderful sense of humor, did not.
They were familiar with the owner of an extrusion company and, upon approaching him with the idea of becoming manufacturers, found him to be surprisingly supportive. It was coincidental that he was aware of a window distributor in Bucks County, PA whose own business was rapidly expanding. He was having difficulty procuring sufficient inventory from his supplier and was searching for someone to build windows solely for that Bucks County distributor. Through various meetings, Voytek and Yarek were offered the opportunity to move their business to an area where space would be provided for a window and door manufacturing facility. Thus, in 1994, OKNA Windows & Door was born.
Over the last fourteen years, OKNA has acquired a well-earned reputation for the highest quality craftsmanship using state of the art technology and equipment as well as for outstanding customer service and overall satisfaction. Though they still maintain their original 25,000 sq. ft. production facility, the company built an enormous, modern office and manufacturing complex located nearby. It includes 8,000 sq. ft. of office space and 60,000 sq ft for production. Growing demand has led to the addition of yet another 25,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility completed in July 2008. With consistent growth, their workforce has expanded from the original 12 employees to more than 100. OKNA distributes throughout the east coast with an ever expanding network of dealers serving the residential and construction markets. Their products are specd by top builders and they count property management companies and apartment associations among their customer base.
Initially, OKNA produced basically one type of window exclusively for that major distributor. Today, they have expanded their line to include many types of windows: welded, single and double hung windows; casement and awning styles, Bays and Bows as well as patio doors to name a few. With a growing production line, OKNA turned its attention to offering innovative finishes. With a paint facility on site, they have products that can be customized to appeal to broader markets. They are also continually looking to make more energy efficient products. In today’s market, with fuel costs rising daily, this can be the deciding factor when purchasing windows. They are partnering with innovative glass and spacer manufacturers to make sure their products are the top choice in residential construction. They offer products with U-Values of 0.27 while the industry requirement for Energy Star certification is 0.35. All their products are made with virgin vinyl which is the purest form of the product. Many other vinyl window manufacturers are using a “blended” product, but OKNA, always looking to make the finest quality product, will only use the best-quality materials. Everything they make is arduously tested, which is one reason why their complete line is covered with a lifetime warranty.
In January of 1997, OKNA became a customer of Royal Group Technologies, a world leader in advanced PVC processing and design as well as the largest custom PVC extruder for the North American construction industry. The profiles of Royal’s frames and sashes are made of warranted vinyl that will never crack, warp, corrode, or blister. In January of 2002, OKNA partnered with TruSeal Technologies, Inc., the largest producer of flexible insulating glass spacers in the world, and started using DuraSeal™, a versatile, flexible spacer system. DuraSeal™ takes optimum advantage of laminates and adhesives to reduce thermal conductivity while improving surface and corner appearance over other flexible spacers. This multi-layered spacer system, featuring specialized components, results in superior window performance and aesthetics as compared to other warm edge spacers. It is designed to work with T.A.P.E. (Totally Automated Production Equipment) from Besten, Inc., which produces the highest quality insulated glass units (IGUs) available on the market. All OKNA products are tested in an independent testing facility for Energy Efficiency, and to insure that all of their system hardware is capable of withstanding the harshest conditions and abuse that your window or door may experience. As a result, OKNA products deliver absolute performance backed by an outstanding warranty; there is no better way to demonstrate their commitment and confidence.