Don't move, Hunter Douglas has got you covered -- well, at least it has your windows covered. Hunter Douglas, the North American subsidiary of Netherlands-based Hunter Douglas N.V., makes a variety of blinds, shades, and shutters. The company markets its window coverings under such brand names as Country Woods and Chalet Woods (wood blinds), Silhouette (shades), Palm Beach (custom shutters), Vignette (Roman shades), Luminette (privacy sheers), and Duette (honeycomb shades). In addition to its own sales outlets and specialty blind and home decor stores, Hunter Douglas sells its window products through independent dealers in the US and Canada.
Stung by backburnered home construction and renovation projects, Hunter Douglas' revenues have stalled amid the housing slowdown and subsequent global recession. The company, which boasts about 35 production facilities across North America, has pared down its workforce by about 20% and consolidated its production operations in an effort to get its business back on track. It also hopes to log stronger sales as some of its honeycomb shade styles are eligible for federal tax credit through 2011. – less