Fenestration Manitoba hits it stiff

Fenestration Review
September 29, 2016
By Fenestration Review
Sept. 29, 2016 - It took two tries and a three-month timeout but eventually the annual Fenestration Manitoba golf tournament took place this year on Sept. 15 at Winnipeg’s Rossmere Golf and Country Club. The initial date, June 1, was a washout after successive days of rain and a hurricane-like forecast for that day. But it eventually worked out with a pleasant late summer September day on the prairies, which only clouded over in the late afternoon.

“Who knew Winnipeg could be so beautiful in September?” asked a slightly sunburned FenMan president Ryan Dudeck, rhetorically, during a dinner of prime rib and Yorkshire pudding.

“We’re thinking that this is about the 25th or 26th year this tournament has been going on,” said Dudeck, addressing the crowd. “So if you look around the room and if you’ve been playing in this tournament for that long, you know what, we want to thank you for being in the industry that long.”

Among the prizes was one for the most honest score of 87, by a team of four (who will go unnamed) who will were awarded three golfing lessons at Rossmere for their honesty. The premier event sponsors were Cardinal IG and Quanex Building Products, with partner sponsors Veka Canada and Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, and a baker’s dozen of dinner and golf hole sponsors.

FenMan past president Al Dueck spoke a few words, as well, a good chance to address the troops. “In our creation of Fenestration Manitoba, as far as I’m concerned, that’s what it’s about, is to continue to focus our time and effort on what we call Fenestration Valley here in Manitoba, just north of the U.S., where there is a huge focus of them,” said Dueck, who paused to thank Nancy Zubriski, FenMan manager, for her assistance in putting the event together. “So, part of what we talk about as an executive is we want to try and get one or two annual events going, and one of them was to put some effort into a conference where manufacturing and fabrication was the primary focus.”

Nancy Zubriski suggested that there were about 80 people golfing and dining this year, including some representatives from the United States, “down east” and Montreal. “Yeah, it was a great day,” she added.

Like an industry event, it was a good chance for industry people to network and also to promote FenMan events coming up over the upcoming winter months. Concluded Dudeck, “And next year, we’ll be back in June and hopefully the monsoon won’t be following us.”

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