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About Us

DRIVE TO SUCCEED

At Solar Innovations® we push the envelope by continually developing innovative ways to build the products our customers are requesting. Our deep rooted core values strengthen our commitment to completing the highest quality projects. We enjoy tackling some of the most complex projects that others in the industry will not touch, simply because innovation not only creates long lasting partnerships with our customers, but it also facilitates our ability to make products better than others in the industry.

Solar has been making high quality systems since 1998. We began with an idea that we could not only create better products than the market was offering at the time, but could also introduce new designs that were not even a concept in our customers’ or competitors’ minds. Our team was small in the beginning, but over time as we found a talented pool of people with our same principles, we began to build a company that today conquers projects of all sizes and types including commercial, residential, resort, institutional, hospitality, and multi-family. We now reside in a 36+ acre corporate campus where craftsmen, engineers, and designers are dedicated to becoming the best Architectural Glazing company out there today.

CUSTOM DESIGNS

Ingrained in our company’s DNA is to provide “six-star” customer service. This mentality has been the catalyst for each product line offered by Solar Innovations and continues to drive us to become the premier door and window, skylight, greenhouse, and conservatory provider in North America. Some of Solar’s greatest innovations have developed from unique customer requests that others could not fulfill.

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED

Engineering, product testing, and product design all take place within our own facility. We machine many of our own parts, paint most of our own material, and create our own custom hardware. By producing as many components within our own manufacturing facility as possible, we have greater control over cost and lead times. Superior technical support can also be offered for our products because it is provided directly from the individual that created or assembled the product.

MANUFACTURING POSITIONS

If you have experience with carpentry, construction, or even general use of hand tools, there are various career paths within our production facility. Our roles range from fabricating a custom product, to programming and operating computer numerical control machines, and also to traveling the country to install the final product. In the end, your passion determines your career path.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Safety conscious mindset
  • Must be able to read a tape measure

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS

  • Steel Tip Shoe & Safety Glasses Reimbursement
  • Air Conditioned Production Facility
  • Compressed Workweeks (M-Th)

PAINT/POWDER

The Painting Department utilizes HVLP and clear coat equipment to provide finishes for our custom products. Team Members may also operate a large batch Wagner powder-coating system and liquid-spray system, as well as chrome-free pre-treatment, and a 6-stage dip tank.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Knowledge of paint and primers preferred
  • Understanding of paint booth systems helpful
  • Experience with urethane and 2-part epoxy primers helpful
  • Industrial or automotive paint experience a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Auto Technician, Paint/Powder Coater, Automotive Finisher, Industrial Painter, Prep Painter

Wood Fabrication

The Wood Fabrication Team is responsible for creating wood as well as wood aluminum clad doors, windows, skylights, structures, and curtain walls in order to create seamlessly finished products. Team members are involved in the initial stage of fabricating pieces for glass structures as well as completing the project since we pre-assemble all structures prior to shipment. Our wood fabricators work to meet production schedules in a deadline-driven environment.

Our Fabricators have the option of specializing in one area of fabrication or working with all of Solar’s products.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to read blueprints
  • Ability to read CAD files a plus
  • CNC machining experience a plus
  • Experience using shapers, molders, saws, sanders, and other wood finishing equipment helpful
  • Carpentry, metalworking, and/or glazing experience a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Fabrication, Carpentry, Metalworking, Pattern making, Glazier, Welding, Machining, Construction

Fabrication

Our Fabrication Team utilizes high-tech fabrication equipment to create and assemble our custom products. Individuals have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area or they can work with all of our products. Solar Innovations® cross-trains all of our fabricators to ensure each team member has the
complete experience.

The Fabrication Team goes above and beyond to meet production schedules in a deadline-driven environment on a daily basis. Team members have the opportunity to be involved in both the initial stage of fabricating components, as well as the completion of the project, since we pre-assemble all products prior to shipment.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to read blueprints preferred
  • Carpentry, metalworking, and glazing experience a plus
  • Ability to read CAD files a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Metal Working, Structure Fabrication, Window/Door Fabrication, Glazier, Welding, Manufacturing, Construction

Machining

Our Machinists ensure all extrusions are cut correctly the first time in order to keep each project moving forward and make sure production is on schedule. Machinists load parts into each machine, cycle the machine, and inspect completed parts.

The Machining Department utilizes modern Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines – including HAAS Mills and Dual Spingle Lathes – to fabricate the different parts for Solar’s products. Solar also has programming opportunities utilizing Mastercam and Elusoft softwares.

A number of team members in our Machining Department also have the opportunity to assist with IRT Fishing Reels, since all required parts are manufactured in-house.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • The ability to read blueprints
  • Ability to read CAD files a plus
  • Experience using Mastercam, Alphacam, Elusoft, and other programming software a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Machining Technology, Metal Fabrication, CNC, Strut, HAAS, Lazor Jet, Milling, Router, Lathe, Plasma

Crating/Packaging/Shipping

The Crating, Packaging, and Shipping team are responsible to making sure our products are properly packaged and leave the shop on time.

The Packaging Team assemble, line, pad, wrap, and label packages and crates to prepare them for shipment. They also aid in the production and storage of goods intended for customer delivery.

Our Shipping Team assists with incoming and outgoing shipments for delivery while ensuring quality and productivity standards are met. The team is the gatekeeper for all materials that arrive at Solar, as well as the products being shipped from the facility.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Experience working with power tools, such as nail gun, panel saw, and table saws
  • Manufacturing experience preferred

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Packaging, Shipping/Receiving, Manufacturing, Carpentry

Installation

The Installation Team acts as a critical point of contact for most customers. These positions offer a great opportunity to expand an individual’s skills and learn a lucrative specialty trade (glazing). Our installers also play a key role in product improvement, as they are able to provide valuable feedback from the field to help improve our customer’s overall experience.

All installation candidates must hold a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel for both single and multiple day trips. Team members must learn and follow the Hours of Service Regulations that cover all DOT drivers (<26,001lbs vehicles) and complete DOT training to become certified to drive Company vehicles (non-CDL) when needed.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Adaptable to fluctuating schedules due to job site preparedness and inclement weather
  • Ability to problem solve when issues arise
  • Experience with roofing, siding, sheet metal, and general construction/carpentry helpful
  • Must be able to travel and able to work at elevated levels

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Installation, Siding, Roofing, Glazing, Carpentry, Construction

MANUFACTURING SUPPORT TEAMS

Maintenance

The Maintenance Team helps Solar Innovations® to run smoothly and consistently on a day-to-day basis. Duties may include performing repair and maintenance on machinery, vehicles, and trailers; assisting with the installation of new machines; and conducting routine repairs as needed to maintain an efficient, high-tech office and manufacturing facility. Team members may also be required to weld and fabricate carts and other projects to assist manufacturing.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

General Maintenance, Electrical Engineering, Welding, Fabrication

Purchasing/Logistics

The Purchasing Department helps maintain our supply inventory levels and negotiate deals with potential vendors. The team is responsible for learning company purchasing policies and procedures as well as maintaining the supply inventory levels required for effective company operation. The department is also charged with conducting regular price comparisons to ensure that the company is always getting the best price for each product that is purchased.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Business, Purchasing, Product Management, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Computer science, Logistics, Vendor Management

Inventory

The Inventory Team works directly with the Purchasing and Shipping/Receiving Departments to provide accurate details of on-hand inventory, inventory in-transit, and forecasted inventory numbers. Team members assist with cycle/physical counts, asset tagging of company property, and packaging responsibilities as needed.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Retail Manufacturing, Business, Inventory Control, Claims Management, Supply Chain Management, Vendor Management

OFFICE POSITIONS

If you have experience with carpentry, construction documents, AutoCAD, or even general office skills, there are various career paths within our office facility. Our roles range from Architectural Sales and CAD Detailing to overall Project Management. In the end, your passion determines your career path.

Project Management

The Project Management Team ensures schedules are maintained per project, therefore, proactive communication is critical for these positions. Once a project is sold, the Project Management Department controls the entire process as it moves forward and they work with customers and internal teams to finalize project drawings and onsite logistics for installation.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to multitask and balance multiple projects at the same time
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to read blueprints and knowledge of AutoCAD helpful
  • Construction background a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Project Management, Construction Management, Architecture, Architecture Technology, Accounting, Business, Project Life Cycle Consultant

Engineering/R&D

Solar Innovations® has high expectations for the Engineering Team, as every product hinges on this phase of the project. Engineers ensure our products are structurally sound based on various environmental factors.

Our Engineers create 3D models using STAAD and other thermal modeling software to review layouts and prepare calculations in order to ensure projects meet structural and glazing requirements. In addition, our Engineers have the opportunity to assist with Research and Development as well as product testing in our in-house test labs to ensure there is no limit to where our products can be installed. This allows us to lead the market in product innovation and certification.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Experience with STAAD and other thermal modeling software a plus
  • Experience with MATHCAD, AutoCAD, and Solidworks a plus
  • Window, door, curtain wall, or other related product experience a plus

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science

Sales/Estimating

Our Sales and Estimating team members must think on their feet and be well versed in Solar’s product lines to ensure each customer’s experience is handled with ease. Team members work with general contractors, architects, glaziers, and end users making professionalism and adaptability necessities.

The Sales Team is responsible for building solid relationships with new and existing customers by contacting leads, following up on quote and literature requests, and discussing projects with clients.

Our Estimators work closely with the Sales Team to create a client support network and assist customers in the design process by generating proposals, estimates, and isometrics in a timely manner.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Experience with AutoCAD, blueprint and/or specification reading helpful

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Drafting, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Construction Disciplines, General Sales, Communications, Business, Customer Service Rep, Mathematics, Outside Sales Rep, Account Executive

Drafting/Cutlist

Solar Innovations depends on the Drafting and Cutlist Team to create drawings of our products and provide design expertise. The team’s technical knowledge is critical to ensure a streamlined fabrication process. Having the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, the team is challenged to make potentially impossible projects possible on a daily basis.

Our Drafters create custom architectural drawings for customers. They work to develop accurate and detailed submittal drawings and fabrication packages to be used for project layout and fabrication.

The Cutlist Team performs simple layouts, details, and fastener lists. Drafting and Cutlist Team Members have the opportunity to specialize in structures or windows and doors, however, many Team Members work on a combination of all product offerings.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Intermediate experience with AutoCAD 2D and/or 3D (version 2010 and newer)
  • Architectural background a plus
  • Experience with Solidworks, Mastercam, and ProE will create additional opportunities.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Architectural Design, CAD, Mechanical Drafting, Structural/Architectural Drafting, Engineering

OFFICE SUPPORT TEAMS

Many departments work closely with our customers, bringing their dreams to reality. In addition, there are many support teams that work behind the scenes to ensure we are able to “Make the Impossible Possible.”

Human Resources

The Human Resources Team is essential to the successful operation of Solar Innovations®, as it works to recruit the best and most qualified candidates while also ensuring we retain our team members. The team works hard to positively steer the Company’s culture, making sure team members receive “Six Star Customer Service.” Ideal candidates for this department have a positive attitude, the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, and can display flexibility when priorities change.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Human Resources, Human Service, Psychology, Business

Accounting

Team members can specialize in separate A/R, A/P, or G/L functions, or they can become involved in all three areas. Our accountants gain experience in the hstandard payment process, inventory control, cost accounting, reconciliations, and budgeting. With a dependable and knowledgeable Accounting Team, the Company is able to maintain its healthy financial forecast through internal controls nad reporting. The strongest candidates will have a background in related accounting functions, either through education or work experience.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Accounting, Business, Mathematics

Marketing

Solar’s in-house Marketing Department is responsible for website development, website maintenance, search engine optimization, and design work for product brochures, advertisements, and trade show displays. This team works hard to maintain and enhance the Company’s brand through press releases, newsletters, and blogs, while also ensuring our culture visually supports our brand image. We seek candidates who have a modern creative view with a background in Web Development and/or Graphic Design.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Graphic Design, Business, Digital Media, Video Production, Web Design, Web Development

Information Technology

The IT Department is responsible for quickly resolving technical issues, ranging from office equipment to network security and overall server functionality. The team is also in charge of setting up and running our servers while maintaining any necessary help desk requirements. Our talented team also has the capability to create custom enhancements to our ERP System and develop custom reports to evaluate the company’s performance. A background in SQL/VBA Programming, SSRS Report Writing, or ERP implementations is preferred.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Computer Science, General IT Studies, Programming, Systems Support, Help Desk

Programming

Our Programming Team automates functions to streamline our internal processes, while also creating a more user-friendly customer experience. We are seeking an experienced programmer to support our software implementation processes. The ideal candidate will be “hands on” in software development, having at least 2 years of related programming experience with ASP.NET and SQL.

TYPICAL BACKGROUND

Computer Science, General IT Studies, Programming, ASP.NET, SQL

Mission

To continuously innovate, engineer, design, manufacture, and install leading edge glazed aluminum, wood, vinyl and composite products throughout North America. Guided by our drive for sustainable profitable growth and doing the right things, we pride ourselves on serving our customers, team members, community and environment turning our customers’ dreams into reality.

Core Values

DRIVE SAFETY FIRST

We are dedicated to leading our industry by prioritizing safety above all else and fostering a company culture that encourages team members to be leaders in safety. By putting safety first, we build reliable, easy-to-operate products and ensure our process is safe and efficient from beginning to end.

MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

Innovation is in our DNA. We live and breathe innovation and continue to push the envelope by creating new patents and products every year. We partner with those on the cutting edge of technology who want tomorrow’s products today.

DELIVER A CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE BEYOND EXPECTATION

Partnership and loyalty are part of our true customer mindset at Solar. We work with our customers through the entire decision-making process because they are the lifeblood of our business. As a team, we are committed to exceeding their expectations.

BE BETTER TODAY THAN YESTERDAY

Continuous improvement is a never ending journey, both personally and professionally. We are committed to achievement driven by a desire to be the best place to work and the best at what we do. We measure our success against the highest standards—our own.

LIVE AND WORK GREEN

We are committed to help preserve our environment and leave it in a better state than we inherited it. We live and work to prove the difference that a committed team can make in our world.

BUILD STRENGTH THROUGH TEAMWORK

Teamwork is the foundation for innovation and creativity. An individual is limited in ability and resources, but a team leverages a strength greater than the sum of its parts. Through partnerships with our customers, peers, and our team, anything is possible.

Solar Cares!

Solar Cares is a campaign dedicated to giving back to the surrounding community. Since the campaign was started in 2015, Solar Cares has raised more than $17,000 in monetary donations. The campaign has also donated a variety of supplies such as toys, coats, nonperishable food items, pet supplies, and cleaning supplies, and continues to hold company-wide fundraisers every quarter.

SOLAR BENEFITS

  • Competitive wages and direct deposit
  • Paid holiday, vacation, sick, and personal time
  • Pre-scheduled shutdown days
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (team member and family plans)
  • Life, Disability, Accident, Cancer, and Critical Illness Insurance
  • 401K Plan (with Company Match)
  • Quarterly Incentive Plan
  • And More

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