When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Mathews Brothers Company had already been producing windows for 7 years. Today, “America’s Oldest Window Manufacturer” continues to supply the New England building trade from its Belfast, ME facility, located a scant three miles from their original factory. They’ve recently added a second factory in Hermon, ME, in order to keep up with product demand.
To reinforce their message of reliability through longevity (Mathews has survived two world wars, seven regional wars, one civil war, 25 recessions, five panics and three depressions), the company has named their product lines for founding members of the Mathews family, including the “Clara Starrett” named for their President from 1899-1904. At that time, the company was Maine’s largest owned and managed by women.
As a window manufacturer, Mathews Brothers could not have chosen a more inhospitable climate. Consider: situated on the coast of Maine, half of their market area is under the Atlantic Ocean. Of the remaining half, half of that is in Canada and what ultimately remains is under ice and snow for a good three months a year. Yet, despite these conditions, Mathews Brothers has consistently ranked among the “Top 100 Window Manufacturers” for the past 10 years, and continues to grow at a rate that outpaces the market.
The reason for this is twofold: Product and Service. Despite their rural location, Mathews Brothers produces some of the most energy-efficient, structurally-superior window and door products available on the market today. Yet, adhering to their Yankee tradition of frugality, their products are very competitively priced.