Strassburger Windows and Doors

Innovative window and door products made in Ontario
Written by: 
Jeanee Dudley
Produced by: 
Sean O’Reilly

Strassburger Windows and Doors can trace its roots back to 1949, when Morgan Strassburger Sr. established a small roofing business out of his home. More than 65 years later, the business is still family-owned. While Strassburger has been through several iterations, including an installation contractor and a hardware store, the business is currently going strong in the production of quality windows and doors that protect structures from the elements, improve energy efficiency and encompass a range of aesthetics.

Robert Strassburger is the president and CEO of the company and has long served alongside his family members in its operation. As a son of Strassburger’s founder, he carries on a family legacy of quality and innovation in building products.

Strassburger has long been a proponent of energy efficient products, even before they were fashionable in the industry. “We were the Energy Plus Company back in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” Robert notes. “Back then our business was one of the largest insulation companies in Ontario. We believed that windows and doors were just at the cutting edge and would grow to become an integral part toward creating energy savings. Today, the fenestration industry is playing a big part in helping in the green initiative and we a proud to be a part of this movement. It really has fit into our culture.”

High-performance products

Strassburger designs and manufactures a wide variety of windows and doors for the residential, commercial and institutional markets.  Many of these projects are featured in the “Architectural Portfolio” section of the company’s website. While Strassburger distributes primarily through dealers, a recent change in marketing has led to a greater focus on the end user, including print and radio campaigns that generate leads for distributors. The result has been an overall increase in business and awareness. Existing dealer-partners have seen growth in demand and the business has had little trouble engaging new distributors.

In addition to the main office and manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Strassburger also operates a showroom in Barrie, Ontario — open to dealers and their perspective customers. All products are available in a broad spectrum of styles, with several options for finishes, glass, hardware, screens and grilles. This allows end users to customize the appearance of windows and doors to match the aesthetics of their homes or businesses. Recent product line additions include products in both categories.

Strassburger has made a significant design change to its premium fiberglass entrance systems. Working with MasterGrain, a division of Weber Industries, the company has introduced a line of products incorporating nickel vapor deposition (NVD) technology, which provides a nearly perfect replication of wood surface. At a fraction of the cost of real-wood doors, the MasterGrain doors combine the warm aesthetic of wood with security and energy efficiency of fiberglass.

Strassburger also offers DoubleNature, a unique window and door product line that maximizes aesthetic and functional performance. The pre-stressed vinyl door and window option allows for staining of both the inside and outside faces in one of six distinct stains for the look of authentic wood. The team has also added the Craftsman line, which provides the consumer with the maintenance-free qualities of vinyl on the exterior and the warmth and beauty of wood on the interior.

Reflecting the company’s commitment to energy efficiency, all Strassburger windows and doors have been tested to comply with the new North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), which dictates more stringent requirements for energy performance, air infiltration, water resistance and design pressure. Many of the company’s windows and doors lead the industry in design and efficiency.

Quality and integrity

To ensure consistent quality and performance, Strassburger trains and encourages operators to identify quality deficiencies throughout the production process. This integrated monitoring program includes over 50 quality components that are looked for and reported on. The ultimate objective is to prevent any defect from leaving the plant and being sent to customers.

The leadership also establishes daily production targets based on production schedule and labor-utilization metrics. These measures are tracked each hour throughout the day and summarized on a weekly scorecard for discussion with team leads, who report on issues that caused production delays. All of these efforts lead to corrective actions and process improvements.

Integrity, honesty and longevity form the cornerstone of the business as well as Strassburger’s commitment to the community. The business supports a wide variety of local and regional organizations and charities. Strassburger is proud to raise approximately $40,000 annually through the Dennis Strassburger Memorial Golf Tournament to support the Lutherwood Foundation in aid of children’s and youth mental health.

Over the coming years, Strassburger Windows and Doors will uphold its commitment to quality and community as the company designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance windows and doors.