Tucked behind an auto dealership off Davenport’s Kimberly Road is the Quad-City Blind Factory, a 20-year business that makes all manner of custom blinds: roller shades, honeycomb shades, horizontal and vertical blinds, and plantation shutters.
Instead of a showroom with ready-made blinds that may or may not fit your windows or your home’s decorating/color scheme, there are books, swatches and samples in which you can pick your own and have it made right here in Davenport.
Yes, there is a cost associated with custom work, but because the factory has no middle man, the final price is competitive, owner Jim Wickwire said. “The savings is yours because the factory is ours” is the company’s motto and the way the store’s phone is answered.
In ordering blinds, a store representative comes to one’s home for a free consultation. Once a choice is made, the company requires a deposit of half the cost, with the balance due upon installation.
Behind the sample area of the store is the 9,000-square-foot factory floor where seven to eight employees make the blinds, cutting and stringing the various materials to specifications. New this year is a machine to make plantation shutters, a major investment, Wickwire said.
In leading a tour of the floor, he points out the various products, including horizontal blinds in composite vinyl and wood (no metal).
There also are “honeycomb” or “cellular” shade options — opening from the top down or the bottom up, made sheer for see-through, opaque for privacy or lined with foil for total room-darkening. And they can be made in many colors of fabric, he explained.
“Most American manufacturers of window coverings have moved out of country,” he said. “We’ve made a commitment here. The trend nowadays is to buy local, and that’s what we’re doing.”
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Quad-City Blinds also carries a few ready-made lines such as Hunter Douglas, and it can supply custom drapes.
In addition to the Quad-Cities, the company sells its products through outlets in Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Bloomington and Peoria.
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