It was a party 100 years in the making for Hope's Windows.
The smell of funnel cakes, corn dogs and kettle corn filled the air Sunday afternoon as Hope's Windows Inc. celebrated its 100th anniversary with a party for all of its employees and their families.
A Jamestown institution since the early 1900s, Hope's Windows Inc. has been a sign of stability in the area even in difficult economic times. Originally known as the International Casement Company Inc. when it was formed in 1912, it quickly became one of the world's leading manufacturers of windows. Today, Hope's is the largest steel window manufacturer in the world with more than 250 employees.
Hope’s Windows Inc. employees and their family celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary Sunday with a party hosted by the company. A mini-carnival was set up on the company’s property with games and other activities.
P-J photos by Ryan Atkins
At the employee party on Sunday there was a great variety of activities for the employees and their families. There were carnival-style games set up along the perimeter, including classics like the ring toss, balloon pop and plinko.
Food vendors like Sandee's Bakery set up at the event to make sure that everyone stayed fed.
For those with a competitive streak, there was a limbo challenge, and for those who wanted something out of the ordinary, a large, mobile climbing wall was set up in the very center of everything. Employees also had the opportunity to take their families on a tour of the company's offices and manufacturing facilities.
"I really think that this event turned out great," said Randy Manitta, CEO and president of Hope's Windows, Inc. "If it had been last weekend with the way that the weather was, I don't think it would have come together so well, but we lucked out with this today."
Manitta, who has been an employee of Hope's for 35 years, said that the company wanted to do the 100th anniversary party as a thank you for all of their employees.
"Without them, we wouldn't be where we are now," said Manitta. "Their hard work and dedication will help Hope's maintain its position as the world's preeminent manufacturer of handcrafted steel and bronze windows and doors for decades to come."
For more information about Hope's Windows, Inc., visit www.hopeswindows.com or call 665-5124.