Avanti Industries

Avanti Industries owner Jerry Petty (left) gives Mayor Jerry Weiers a tour of the local window and patio door manufacturing, distribution and installation plant, which is planning an expansion later this year in Glendale. The local company has grown from 39 to 150 employees in the last two years.

The clear choice for Mayor Weiers’ Business of the Week is Avanti Industries, which specializes in manufacturing, distributing and installing of vinyl windows and patio doors.

Owner Jerry Petty credits Glendale’s reputation for speed-to-market as the primary reason he chose to locate Avanti’s main office and manufacturing plant to the current site, 5107 N. 51st Ave., more than two years ago. The company is planning an 80,000-square-foot expansion in November.

“The support we got from the city in fast-tracking permits was really key for us,” Petty said.

Avanti Industries began in 1985 as a window distributor in Phoenix. What started as a small family operation quickly grew to a large company known for exceptional customer relations.

Over the years, the window manufacturer has changed ownership and has operated numerous plants throughout the Southwest. Avanti was the first plant to invest and locate in the Glendale Air Park, also known as the Glen Harbor Business Park, in 1992.

While their main office and manufacturing plant is in downtown Glendale, the company also operates a distribution center and customer pick-up site in Peoria. Avanti currently does business in Arizona and Nevada, and has grown from 39 employees in 2014 to 150 employees today.

“This is a local company that has really been successful in growing their business here in Glendale by building relationships throughout the Southwest and putting out a quality product,” Mayor Weiers said. “They cut the glass, they make the frames and I’m proud that they have remained here over the years, continuing to invest in our community.”

Avanti features both new-build and retrofit products, including energy efficient and versatile vinyl patio doors. They also offer traditional patio doors, with a multi-slide and stacking door system. All of Avanti’s patio doors use SolarBan70xl glass, an important feature for desert living.

The company posts the efficiency data for all of its windows on the web site at www.AvantiWindow.com, where customers can also find additional details about the window and patio door installation process.

The Mayor’s Business of the Week is a program initiated by Mayor Weiers in 2014 to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in Glendale. The purpose of the program is to heighten awareness of local companies by showcasing the many aspects of doing business in Glendale and the positive impact on our city, citizens and local economy.

Businesses that are named Business of the Week are also featured through Mayor Weiers’ social media channels and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.