US Sen. John McCain and Phoenix Vice Mayor Jim Waring were guest speakers, along with Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO and Rick Murray, Arizona Small Business Association CEO.
The dignitaries were hosted by Reynaers global CEO Martine Reynaers, Vice President Dirk Bogaert, CTO Erik Rasker and North America CEO Graham Walsh, and joined by more than 110 of Reynaers dealers and architects from across the country.
“We were thrilled to open our new headquarters in the US,” said Graham, “allowing us to meet the growing demand of architects and builders who want the highest quality materials and designs when specifying windows and doors for premium homes and multi-residential buildings.”
Based in Duffel, Belgium, Reynaers is a global, family-owned business that employs more than 1,500 workers in 37 countries, exporting to five continents and more than 60 countries. Its Phoenix plant and headquarters now has more than 40 employees, including those in highly-skilled manufacturing jobs, with plans to create up to 150 jobs in the next three years.
Made in America; Designed in Europe
Reynaers presented its new high-tech showroom to its dealers and architects, who were impressed with the beauty and functionality of its portfolio. This was a showcase of the Reynaers:
- CP 155 sliding door with zero-threshold, 90-degree corner and pocket door solution;
- CF 77 bifold door;
- CS 86-HI door with hidden hinges;
- CP 130 monorail sliding door with an integrated CS 77 turn-and-tilt window;
- a fully automated Hi-Finity sliding door
Combining Belgian and US traditions, the event showcased special Belgian treats, such as handmade Belgian waffles, Belgian specialty chocolates, pommes fritte and Duvel beer, as well as Southwestern street foods, such as carne asada street tacos and carnitas sliders.
Guests also enjoyed a quartet playing Western European ballads, as well as a jazz duo performing traditional jazz standards.
“We look forward to not only creating some of the most unique homes in North America,” said Graham, “but also to a mutually supportive and lucrative partnership that reflects the leadership and values of Reynaers.”