McComb Window and Door has a flashy new addition to its business.
The four-generation business opened a new experience center in November on 4705 E. 96th St., Indianapolis. The experience center was previously at the main office on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
“We think it’s more accessible for Carmel, Fishers and Geist residents to get to that location,” co-owner Jim Outzs said. “Two years ago, we would have never considered the corridor on 96th Street, but as roundabouts started to get put in, we couldn’t think of a better location. Thanks to the push by the city of Carmel, it has become a much more desirable location.”
McComb Window and Door is celebrating more than 90 years in business. Founder E.B. McComb started selling Pella Rolscreen windows back in 1930, Outzs said.
“The story goes that he met with Pete Kuyper, Pella’s founder, somewhere in the middle of Illinois, halfway between Pella, Iowa, and Indianapolis, and agreed to start selling with a handshake deal,” Outzs said. “E.B. McComb’s son, Don, took over in the 1950s, and upon his untimely passing, his son, Bill, a Carmel resident. and son, Rick, took over. They’ve been running it since the late ‘70s and just a few years ago have sold part of it to the next generation. Rick has retired, but Bill is still heavily involved with the business, and Alejandro ‘Nacho’ Sosa and I, along with his nephew, Mike McComb, run much of the day to day.”
Carmel residents Sosa and Outzs are Bill’s son-in-laws. Outzs is married to Liz and Sosa is married to Stephanie. Mike McComb lives in Greenwood.
“We’ve got 12 kids between the three younger owners,” said Outzs, the youngest of the co-owners at 36. “With any luck, a few of them will gain some interest and carry on for another generation.”
Outzs leads the commercial division and Sosa supervises the trade and retail sales. Mike oversees operations and Bill serves as president.
“Bill has always been heavily involved in the commercial side of the business,” Outzs said. “An engineer by profession, Bill jumped into the business at age 26 with his brother after their father passed away unexpectedly. They were the youngest owners of any Pella branch at the time. Being an engineer, he spent much of his time in the commercial world. In fact, they sold all the windows for Carmel City Hall as well as the Carmel Police Dept. We feel ingrained in Carmel, not only as residents, but our ties to our largest customers. We work very closely with Old Town Design Group, Gradison, G&G, Sigma and Estridge. With Carmel being such an attractive place for builders and home buyers, it has done great things for us as a business.”
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