In a closely watched nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, President Barack Obama said he found inspiration in a small business in Warroad, Minn.
To thunderous applause, he listed hope-stirring stories from around the country, including that of Marvin Windows and Doors.
“The family business in Warroad, Minnesota that didn’t lay off a single one of their 4,000 employees during this recession, even when their competitors shut down dozens of plants, even when it meant the owners gave up some perks and pay – because they understood their biggest asset was the community and the workers who helped build that business – they give me hope,” Obama said.
The New York Times last year profiled the company that was defying the lay-off trend in housing-related businesses. Obama has given Marvin a shout-out previously, including in a December speech in Kansas.
Here’s the speech text, or watch it (Marvin mention at about 35:30):