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20th Anniversary

Sun Mountain Headquarters

Sun Mountain was founded in January 1998 as a distributor, pre-hanger, and pre-finisher of wood doors and mouldings, servicing luxury homes in Colorado. The company celebrated its 20th Anniversary in business with a celebration for employees, customers, and suppliers held August 17 at its corporate headquarters/factory.

20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration
Food, Music, and Fun! Employees, Customers, and suppliers join in to celebrate Sun Mountain’s 20th Anniversary. At right, Company VP Thad Walton congratulates employee Craig Headrick on achieving a company service milestone.
John Walton
Company founder and president John Walton thanks the group gathered to celebrate Sun Mountain’s 20th Anniversary.

Although pre-finished cabinets were common in Colorado at the time of the company’s founding, few suppliers offered pre-finished doors and mouldings. Sun Mountain’s ability to offer high-quality wood finishes at a better value than on-site painting led to rapid growth. Growing sales placed pressure on Sun Mountain’s door suppliers, and this led to the company’s vertical integration into door manufacturing beginning in 2003. Production operations expanded over time—from the 30,000 square foot factory at the company’s founding, to the 105,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in operation today. The company now has operations in six states, and regularly sells to all states in the U.S. Sun Mountain’s factory pre-finishes are renowned in the door industry.

Company Milestones:

January 1998: Company founding in northern Colorado. 30,000 square foot headquarters/factory building located in Berthoud, Colorado.

2003: 30,000 square foot building expansion (Phase 2) at Berthoud, Colorado, headquarters/factory. Vertical integration to door slab manufacturing.

2007: 45,000 square foot building expansion (Phase 3) at Berthoud, Colorado, headquarters/factory. Cutting-edge automation of manufacturing operations, supporting significant capacity expansion.

2008: Field sales, showroom, and distribution opened in Western North Carolina (Asheville).

2008: Introduction of the “Teton Series,” stock (quick turn) value-priced line of high-quality Knotty Alder doors, manufactured at the company’s Colorado factory. The Teton Series competes with the growing volume of lower-quality China imports.

2009: Acquisition of wide plank hardwood flooring business from Genesis Innovations, expanding Sun Mountain’s luxury millwork offerings.

2013: Field sales, showroom, and distribution opened in Northern California, with showroom at the San Francisco Design Center.

2013: Boutique showroom opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Coutura Design Inspirations center.

2014: Field sales, showroom, and distribution opened in Park City, Utah.

2015: Field sales, showroom, and distribution opened in Scottsdale, Arizona.

2016: Company website updated.

2018: Boutique showroom opened in Denver, Colorado in the Denver Design District, the company’s third showroom location in Colorado.

2018: Corporate headquarters showroom updated.

Today, Sun Mountain remains true to its “direct” distribution model, providing the highest-quality U.S. made products at prices much lower than multi-step competitors. Despite the historical challenges in the building trades and general economy, Sun Mountain is debt free and very healthy financially. The company is large enough to support commercial projects, and yet small enough to still care about each and every product manufactured. Sun Mountain will continue to expand its sales and distribution operations in the U.S., with further expansion planned in the near future.

Sun Mountain Warehouse

Thank you to all who have been a part of the Sun Mountain story!