It All Began in 1972 with Two Brothers…
It all began in 1972, with two brothers Ron & Tom Ward, a rusted old pick-up truck and a few hundred dollars in tools. From those first days, installing peace of mind wasn’t just a saying, it was the Ward Brothers guarantee; A commitment to complete customer satisfaction, from consultation to installation.
In the 1970’s C&L Ward Brothers installed window and siding materials throughout Mid-Michigan, gaining the reputation for having “top quality workmanship at an affordable price”. In 1977 the company opened its first store on Lippincott Rd. in Davison. After outgrowing this location, the Davison store was relocated to its present location on Lapeer Rd in 1981.
Aside from moving locations in 1981, an important decision was made to begin selling America’s #1 window, Andersen. Just selling Andersen windows wasn’t enough. The company decided to build a beautiful interactive showroom that would allow its customers to see and feel these fine windows. Yet they were still able to guarantee the lowest prices by purchasing pre-sold truckloads of Andersen Windows direct from the factory at volume discounts. Within 10 years, C&L Ward Brothers had become the premier “Andersen Window Center” in Michigan.
In a continued commitment to its customers, C&L Ward Brothers began inventorying Andersen Windows in 1991. This provided them with immediate access to the largest inventory of Andersen windows in the Midwest. The company’s philosophy was simple: thousands of sizes and styles of Andersen Windows in-stock at the guaranteed lowest price.
In 1995, during the residential construction boom of the 90’s, the company added a dedicated service department to maintain the high level of customer satisfaction it is still known for today. Soon following, C&L Ward acquired its second location in Kawkawlin, MI in 1999. This allowed them to better serve the Great Lakes Bay Region.
After 32-years of exceptional leadership, Ron & Tom Ward turned over the day-to-day management of C&L Ward to their sons Patrick, Eric, Ryan & Matt Ward in 2004. They remain involved in the company and continue to serve as active shareholders to this day.
Noticing an increased consumer demand for vintage Andersen window & door parts, C&L Ward opened an e-commerce division specializing exclusively in window parts in 2007. Today, WindowParts.com ships over 20,000 orders annually to residents across the U.S. and has grown to become the largest Andersen parts dealer in the country.
In June 2010, C&L Ward opened its third Michigan showroom at the Shops of Gateway Village in Novi. This location has allowed them to geographically serve residents in the Detroit Metro market with their products and installation services.
In 2013, the company made the announcement of the new homes division, C&L Ward Homes, and would begin building new homes in two communities, Goodrich Meadows off M-15 in Goodrich, Michigan and Cobblestone Park off Oak Road in Davison, Michigan.
In 2014, its second e-commerce website, LockSets.com, launched, selling door handles, locks and parts.
Today, C&L Ward employs over seventy people and continues to grow and operate with the same core principles – dedication to its employees and commitment to complete customer satisfaction.
That is the C&L Ward Difference. It hasn’t changed since 1972.