A Renaissance in Manufacturing

Portland Made book by Kelley Roy

Credit: Aaron Lee

We are part of the Portland, Oregon maker community, a group of companies and individuals handcrafting things Americans need, from ceramics and clothing to glass and window inserts to spirits and tools.

The maker movement is about taking pride in creating quality items, generating jobs and building a more robust local economy. And so we were honored and gratified by being included in the recently published book, Portland Made: The Makers of Portland’s Manufacturing Renaissance by Kelley Roy, who founded the Portland makerspace ADX in Southeast Portland.

This urban manufacturing renaissance is taking place across the country, an encouraging trend we detailed in our Huffington Post blog and one we’re looking forward to helping strengthen in the coming year.

Our Production Process

We make each window insert by hand here in Portland, Oregon. Khin, Myo, Myo-Naing, Leo, Kyaw and

Man making custom window inserts

Credit: Aaron Lee

Michael cut the acrylic to precise laser measurements and prep the tubing. Anna, Angel, Mel, Karen, Christian and Packy help assemble the inserts. Randy, Ahmed and Paris make sure each insert meets our highest standards of quality while Shane, Sterling, Sedric and Max carefully package them for shipment all over the U.S., three

provinces of Canada and the Bahamas. As more people turn to us for help creating comfortable, energy efficient homes and workspaces, we are constantly striving to help our team manufacture the best possible window insert.

To constantly improve, we rely on our values – creativity and discipline, humility and confidence – to guide a process of continuous learning and growth:

Creativity guides us to new solutions.

Discipline helps us bring these ideas to life.

We thrive when we follow well designed processes while continuously innovating better ones.

Confidence emboldens us to risk new paths.

Humility helps us learn from our mistakes.  

We grow when we are humble enough to learn from the mistakes we dare to make.

Award Highlight

One of our greatest achievements was winning the Portland Business Journal’s Manufacturing Company of the Year Award for companies with 11-50 employees. We have such a committed production team, a number of whom are political refugees from Burma and Iraq we hired through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in
photo (79)Portland. They have been vital to Indow’s success. We are honored to work with them, and welcome refugees from Syria in the coming year.

As a triple bottom line company, we’re not all about profit. We’re also working to raise the average wage on the production floor to $15 an hour while lowering the cost of Indow inserts so that more people can afford them. That helps us achieve our goal of making the built environment more energy efficient to help fight climate change,  the most pressing problem facing the world today.

2020 promises tremendous growth for Indow and we welcome the challenges and look forward to the year ahead as a Portland maker. Thank you to everyone who has believed in us and purchased our inserts. You are key to helping us succeed and we are grateful to you.