New Era Windows Cooperative

Located in: Chicago, U.S.A. | Produces: Energy-efficient windows

New Era Windows Cooperative

In 2008, Republic Windows and Doors went bankrupt and was shut down, leaving outstanding debts to the staff.  The workers protested through occupations and sit-ins, and a construction company took control of the factory. After the new owner decided to shut down the factory, the workers with the support of the community and funding from 'The Working World' decided to buy out the machinery and start a worker-owned democratically managed cooperative that produces energy-efficient windows.


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Our story. The struggle as told by the workers themselves.

New Era Windows Opens for Business in Chicago Tired of their lives in other people’s hands, window makers started a co-op.


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