Indow Windows opens Portland manufacturing facility
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Sam Pardue installing an Indow Window
Indow Windows, a startup peddling energy-efficient window inserts, took the wraps off of a North Portland manufacturing facility this week.
Led by Sam Pardue, co-founder of Portland-based photography product company Lensbaby, Indow Windows aims to eventually take the company to a national market but is initially focusing on Oregon, where Pardue estimates there are 650,000 residences with heat-leaking, single-paned windows.
"We can build LEED Platinum buildings from now until the end of time, but unless we address the problems with existing structures, we're never going to solve the larger environmental issues," Pardue said.
Frustrated by a lack of affordable double-paned window options for his own Portland home, Pardue spent the last year and a half and $100,000 in pursuit of a solution.
The Indow Windows inserts run about $13 per square foot — meaning an average 4-by-3-foot window could have a custom-made insert for about $150, compared to $300 or more for a window replacement. A full rundown of the performance metrics is available on the company's website, but the main selling point for the inserts is addressing the heat loss escaping from windows.
Indow Windows, which has seven employees now and expects to staff up to 30 as demand for the product ramps up, will work with home energy auditors and window treatment retailers to distribute the product.
Indow Windows, so far backed just by friends, family and Pardue's own bank account, won a Seed Oregon business pitch competition earlier this month put on by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum. Pardue said he expects to take on outside investors — a step Lensbaby never took — to fund the national ramp up and channel development of the company.
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