Pella Corp. announced its involvement in a rejuvenation effort for the town of Wilson, Ark.—including 440 new energy efficient windows and doors installed across multiple residential and commercial projects. As the town prepares for growth and tourism, the projects include a local school, a historical museum and three new homes. Economic development leaders of Wilson say they selected Pella for product offerings they feel align with the project’s vision, while using sustainable and energy efficient resources.

Located an hour from Memphis, Tenn., Wilson, a small farming town with a population of approximately 900, aims to revitalize and rebuild its once-booming agriculture. Over the past eight years, the town has focused on sustainable, cultural, social and educational projects with hope of drawing tourists and new residents alike.

Over the past four years in Wilson, Pella has helped to install doors and windows from its Architect Series line into three newly constructed single-family homes, classrooms at the Delta School, a K-12 Montessori school and the Hampson Archaeological Museum.

“By reinvesting in our community and creating structures with trusted products like Pella’s windows and doors, our hope is to create a bold, new town model for sustainability and energy renewal that will be a draw for more visitors to Wilson and year-round residents,” says John Faulkner, head of the Delta School. “Since 2014, when the Delta School opened, there is renewed energy around the importance of education in our community, and enrollment has increased annually. We attribute much of that to the new building, in addition to our incredible staff. People see it and say ‘We want our kids to attend school there. What a tremendous environment.’ The children love coming into this fresh, thoughtful space to learn every day.”

Faulkner points to Pella’s beautiful designs, energy efficiency and longevity as the main reasons for choosing the windows for the town’s structures.

Nicolle Picray, brand communications and public relations manager for Pella, says the project “spoke” to her company.

“We help install new windows and doors every day around the country, and the story of the town of Wilson really spoke to us—watching this community and its leadership rebuild, and being so thoughtful about the process has been inspiring,” Picray says. “We feel lucky to have partnered with Wilson, its economic development team and local residents on the rejuvenation efforts there, and hope to continue working with them as an energy efficient window and door partner for future projects.”

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