Advanced Hurricane Technology (AHT) is Collier County’s largest manufacturer and wholesaler of hurricane shutters and parts. In fact, they sell to most local shutter companies. So, if you have shutters in Southwest Florida, chances are that at least one part came from AHT!
Jaime Zabala, the company’s founder, immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family to follow his own American Dream. He began his first hurricane shutter company, Imagen USA Inc., in 1993. By 1998 he was awarded a patent for the first true End Retention shutter, a system now adopted as the standard in the industry, but he found that all the major suppliers for this market weren’t local.
In 2003, Advanced Hurricane Technology was born, with the notion of supplying the local shutter market by putting quality and customer service above all else. Over the last 16 years, competitors have come and gone, but AHT has continued to innovate and grow. Today, the company’s footprint has spread throughout much of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
The company is now being managed by the next generation – Jaime Zabala Jr. (Zabala’s son) and Andy Zabala (Zabala’s nephew). Jaime Zabala Jr. and Andy Zabala kindly gave Greater Naples Chamber staff a facility tour. The Chamber team learned all about the company’s history, hard work and success, and the start of a strategic succession plan.
The cousins are taking the business to the next level by incorporating new technology into the winning formula established over 25 years ago: quality above all else. Together they own and operate the company according to their family values: “If it's worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
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