July/August  2004

Dear Shelter


Some Further Advice
I enjoyed your comments on hiring practices (see the May 2004 issue of SHELTER on page 4). My best hire was a gentleman of about 60 years (48 of them in the industry). He has no intention of retiring anytime soon, and we hope he has many good years ahead. 

We miss hiring opportunities when we fail to look for someone better than we are. 

I make it a point to hire someone I could report to. This way, if I am over enthusiastic about the prospect’s potential and they come up short, I still have the talent for the job.

Anyone dumb enough to think older people don’t have, want or need computer skills deserves every bad hire they get. These older guys invented the computer and designed the systems we use today.
Bill Hofius
Vice President of Sales
Ply Mart Inc.
Norcross, Ga.

Seeking a Fair Trade
I work for a small company that manufactures custom moulding. I work in the office and came across the magazine article you wrote entitled “Some Hiring Advice” (see the May 2004 issue of SHELTER on page 4). My husband, who will soon be turning 48 years old, is going through the same set of circumstances that your father went through.

My husband was laid off from his job as a validation specialist with a large pharmaceutical company in December of last year. They no longer have a position for him, but have called on several occasions to ask him questions—questions that the people who are supposed to be handling the job cannot handle. He has had no luck finding anything new yet. 

My husband is a diabetic and has high blood pressure, so naturally insurance also plays a part. We cannot afford to let our insurance lapse because no one else wants to insure him. 

I’m not sure what the answer is, but it is a little disheartening to know that they feel they can still call for advice, but cannot offer him anything in return.
Debbie Page
Wilmington, N.C.

Kudos for Electronic Newsletter
Mark Westlake of our company sent me a copy [of your new online newsletter], and I’m impressed with what you are doing.
Ric Morrison, 
Production Coach
Sunset Moulding Co.

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Malta Windows is Back
SHELTER magazine is a favorite at Malta Wood Windows, Inc.

I was the only one here not familiar with your magazine. Now, I fight for a copy each month. My subscription form went in the mail last week. We find it very informative.

Samantha, I know you must be very proud of your husband. It will be nice to hear some positive news from Iraq. Our prayers will be with you both.

You mentioned in your editorial last month that you are always looking for news. Malta Windows was a 112-year-old company when it was closed in early 2001. It furnished jobs for hundreds of people and was part of the life and culture here in Malta, Ohio. The quality of its wood windows has stood the test of time. 

Malta Wood Windows, Inc. was incorporated on February 1, 2003, and went back into production in April. It is now locally-owned and operated by five former long-term employees of Malta Windows. We could not let the company go. Our goal is to furnish a quality wood window with customer satisfaction as utmost importance. 
We are excited to be back making windows in Malta, Ohio. The response from those that have been looking for us for two years has been very positive. We get equal satisfaction from building a new window or from helping those with older Malta windows that need our expertise. 

We are a small business, but are growing steadily.

Thank you for you time,
Susan Muth, CFO
Malta Wood Windows, Inc. 


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