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An Area Business Salute - Highland Window and Door

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo/Tammy Curtis David and Georgia Harris inside Highland Window and Door. The Harrises have been in business in the area for 37 years.
Throughout the recent economic downturn it is important to notice area businesses that have survived generations of economic roller coaster rides and remained in business. Each week through the end of 2009 the Villager Journal will salute these area businesses. Congratulations go out to all those who have remained in our community, making the area a place in which we are proud to call home.

Highland Window and Door has been in business since 1973, and after 37 years in the community, owners David and Georgia Harris continue to provide the community with quality products at reasonable prices.

Prior to opening Highland Window and Door at the location on Highway 62/412 that was devastated by the Feb. 5, 2008, tornado, Harris traveled the state selling siding for a company based in Little Rock.

Photo/ Rene Draper Highland Window and Door in its present location in 2009.
Becoming tired of the time away from his family and young daughters, Harris began selling steel siding from the couple's Highland home. Georgia said, "I always said, we started by the kitchen sink, with the home phone and kitchen table to serve as an office desk."

Harris credits a man named Mr. Mobley from Batesville for helping him begin a storm window production line. The Harrises rented warehouse space at the beginning, and in 1982 built the structure that was destroyed in the 2008 tornado. At that time, Highland Window Manufacturing Company became a division of what, up until that point was David Harris Construction Company.

Over the years the Harrises have been in business, the company has manufactured over 75,000 custom made storm windows. The windows have been installed all over the state, including both Cherokee Elementary School and Highland High School. Highland Window and Door is also very proud of the installation of replacement windows in the Old Main building on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Through successful business, comes growth. Later the Harrises added a production line for custom replacement windows, remodeling, door and window installation, additions, and a seamless guttering line was also added to their many products.

Highland Window and Door has been licensed by the state of Arkansas for numerous years in both commercial and residential construction. The Harrises have proudly been able to construct many area businesses and provide face lifts in the form of remodels for many others.

Harris said, "One of our main priorities throughout the many years was not only to provide continued service after the sale but try to achieve 100 percent customer satisfaction, a formula that has helped make Highland Window and Door what it is today. 'Quality at Savings' has been our motto for many years."

After 37 years in business, Highland Window and Door has come full circle and are replacing some of the original storm windows that were manufactured and installed with their newer vinyl wire replacement line.

The Harrises credit their customers and Georgia's parents Zolton and Cecilia Oroz and Stacy Horton, one of their first long-term employees as well as their current staff for their success.

The Harrises employ David's mother Anita Harris as their receptionist, and Tracey Morgan, Kerry Thornton and Micah Curtis as installers and gave special thanks to Brent Watts. Georgia said, "Most of all, we are especially thankful to Brent Watts, a valued friend and trusted employee for 17 years. We owe a great deal of our success to him."

Highland Window and Door is currently located at 1948 Highway 62-412 in Highland.

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