Hunter Douglas Acquires Gulf Coast Window Covering
| Hunter Douglas Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window
fashions in North America, has acquired the assets of Gulf Cost Window Covering, a
prominent longtime fabricator and distributor of Hunter Douglas custom products.
The company is based in Houston and serves retail dealers in Texas and
Gulf Coast Window Covering will continue regular operations until the business is
merged into the Fabrication Division of Hunter Douglas by the end of March 2013.
Some key Gulf Coast Window Covering sales staff will continue to serve in their
previous roles after the merger is completed.
Bill Gaul, Gulf Coast Window Covering chairman and ceo, and Tom Connell,
president, will remain with Hunter Douglas for an extended period of time to help
assure the effective and orderly transition of the business.
Since its inception in 1978, Gulf Coast Window Covering has been closely
associated with Hunter Douglas. Beginning with mini-blinds and vertical blinds in
the early years and adding Duette® honeycomb shades in 1985 and additional new
Hunter Douglas products later, the company grew rapidly and expanded to five
buildings before relocating in 2003 to its present facility on six acres in southwest
"We are pleased to acquire this outstanding operation," says Marv Hopkins, Hunter
Douglas president and ceo. "We are grateful to Bill Gaul and Tom Connell and all the
Gulf Coast Window Covering employees for their friendship and support over the
years. We also thank Toms father, Bob Connell, for his leadership of the company
from 1978 until his retirement in 1997. Hunter Douglas and our Fabrication
Division, led by Randy Liken, are firmly committed to continuing to provide
exceptional service and support to Gulf Coast Window Covering customers."