First, a bit of history – Originally, Simmonds Glass was established in Anacortes, Washington in 1923. Jerry Meyer purchased Simmonds Glass about 19 years ago. Sometime later, Island Sash & Door was opened by David Serres in 2000, with little more than a cell phone and a second hand blueprint table. Over the years, David and Jerry talked regularly and collaborated on projects. Unfortunately, Jerry fell ill and he talked to David about purchasing Simmonds Glass. After Jerry passed, David purchased the business in August 2015. The purchase of Simmonds Glass broadened Island Sash & Door’s portfolio to shower doors and mirrors and a better depth of window and door product lines.
Today, with two locations in both Freeland and Anacortes, Island Sash & Door is a company that specializes in windows, doors, skylights and more. We work closely with you, your Building Professional, your Architect/Designer and the manufacturer to ensure the window and door products for your home or building project fulfill your objectives and your vision. With over thirty years of experience in the window and door industry in the Pacific Northwest, we are able to overcome challenging design requirements, master compliance hurdles and solve product selection problems where others can’t.
We are solution-oriented – you tell us what your vision, objectives and priorities are and we’ll do our level best to accomplish them all. While Island Sash and Door is our business, we take personal interest in the satisfaction and project success of every customer.
A Word About “Competitive Bidding”
Years ago I worked for a large building materials firm that sold everything from nails to appliances. It was here that I learned my first lesson in the fallacy of “competitive bidding”. The lesson involved (ironically) nails; 16d cement coated sinkers – at the time the bread & butter nail of the framing contractor. We sold 50lb boxes by the pallet load – especially when we were able to start importing nails from an overseas mfr at a considerably lower cost. We moved more nails than anyone in our (booming) market – for about a month. Then they all started coming back. Seems these cheaper (lowest bid) nails had a real problem with the head staying attached once you started hitting them with a hammer. Ironically the “box of nails” has become a metaphor for building materials that are considered generic or a commodity: “hey it’s just a box of nails – what’s your price? . . . hey it’s just a vinyl window – what’s your price.
What this, and many other experiences have taught me is that there is a fundamental and unavoidable flaw in the philosophy of rewarding the lowest bidder: you are inherently going to reward the bidder that is either the sloppiest at his work or focused on cutting corners to get the order – not on doing a good job for you. Simply put, a process that seeks the cheapest cost is bound to produce lower quality projects – it’s unavoidable.
At Island Sash & Door we feel very strongly that what we are offering is something way beyond a commodity product – we feel we offer a highly skilled and personally distinctive package of knowledge, products & service – and a strong desire to get you the product you’re going to be happy with when all is said & done. Now- having said that – please don’t fear that we are non-competitive. We can be “Box Store” aggressive if that is what you need and will be happy with – just let us know.