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Flexscreen Secures Investment From Shark Tank's Lori Greiner

OCTOBER 6TH, 2020 - FLEXSCREEN

Joe Altieri, Founder & CEO of FlexScreen, has announced today his finalized equity partnership with 'Shark Tank' Entrepreneur and Investor, Lori Greiner. This new investment symbolizes the dawn of modernization for the world of window screens, which has remained relatively stagnant for decades.

FlexScreen Makes Inc. 5000 List Of Fastest-Growing Companies

AUGUST 17TH, 2021 - INC. MAGAZINE

Inc. magazine today revealed that FlexScreen is No. 2,321 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

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Window Companies Make Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing compaies

AUGUST 19TH, 2021 - DWM MAGAZINE

Inc. Magazine released its annual Inc. 5000 List this week, including more than a dozen door-and-window-related companies. Dubbed “an exclusive guide to America’s top private companies” the list identifies what are deemed the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

FlexScreen Makes Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing compaies

AUGUST 17TH, 2021 - INC. MAGAZINE

Inc. magazine today revealed that FlexScreen is No. 2,321 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

The Wealthy Contractor Feature Podcast

AUGUST 12TH, 2021 - THE WEALTHY CONTRACTOR

On the podcast, you’ll hear from a successful Shark Tank entrepreneur and the CEO of FlexScreen, Joe Altieri, as he describes his experience of being on TV, how it helped him save his business, and what he did in order to make a lasting impression with investors. (And just so you know when it comes down to making that first impression, bigger is always better!)

MI Windows and Doors Makes FlexScreen Standard

JUNE 25ND, 2021 - WINDOW + DOOR

Starting July 5, 2021, FlexScreen will be standard on all MI Windows and Door's 1556 double-hung windows. With this change, roll-form and extruded screens will no longer be available for this product.

Joe Altieri is Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2021 Finalist

JUNE 22ND, 2021 - CISION PR NEWSWIRE

"Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Joe Altieri of FlexScreen was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 East Central Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond."

Remaining Flexible

JUNE 17TH, 2021 - IN MURRYSVILLE MAGAZINE FEATURE

"For years, Joe Altieri worked selling parts for windows and doors. He found that 3 to 5 percent of window screens were damaged before they were ever installed in a home... so Altieri decided there had to be a better way."

Time To Reevaluate

JUNE 8TH, 2021 - BLOG IN WINDOW + DOOR

"Now that most mask mandates have been lifted, people are returning to their workplaces, and large indoor social gatherings are happening again, open windows and proper ventilation are still very much at the forefront of conversations about our health. But the events that led to the boom in our industry have also created a new challenge: shortages...."

What Is Your Business Leaving On The Table?

MAY 31ST, 2021 - BYLINE IN SMALL BIZ DAILY

"We focused on selling ourselves as much as we focused on selling our product, and Shark Tank came to us..."

"The sleepless nights don't end"

MAY 1ST, 2021 - INTERVIEW IN THRIVE GLOBAL

"As a part of our series called "Meet The Inventors," I had the pleasure of interviewing Joe Altieri."

Market Like You Mean It: 4 Questions To Ask To Improve Your Marketing Strategy

APRIL 2ND, 2021 - BYLINE IN WINDOW + DOOR

"Marketing is more than posting to Facebook once a week and doing some ads here and there. Marketing is every single way that you present your product and your business. So here's a checklist to get you started..."

Exude Passion

MARCH 30TH, 2021 - INTERVIEW WITH ADAM MENDLER

I recently went one on one with Joe Altieri. Joe is the CEO and inventor of FlexScreen, the world's first and only flexible window screen, recently featured on Shark Tank.

Revolutionizing The Window Screen

MARCH 26TH, 2021 - THE FOUNDERS LIVE PODCAST

Host Nick Hughes is joined by Joe Altieri, President, and Founder of FlexScreen from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Re-framing The View

MARCH 24TH, 2021 - FEATURE IN GREAT LAKES BY DESIGN

“Design is all about beauty and simplicity. It is about trying to make things beautiful, but also trying to keep them as simple as we possibly can,” Altieri said."

Meet The Inventors: Joe Altieri of FlexScreen On How To Go From Idea To Store Shelf

MARCH 10TH, 2021 - FEATURE IN AUTHORITY MAGAZINE

As a part of our series called "Meet The Inventors," I had the pleasure of interviewing Joe Altieri - Inventor & CEO of FlexScreen, the world's first and only flexible window screen, and award-winning Shark Tank product.

How a Savvy Pittsburgh Salesman Grew A Small Manufacturing Empire with Lori Greiner's Help

MARCH 2ND, 2021 - FEATURE IN TIMES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

A year and a half ago, Joe Altieri stood in front of six investors and plenty of cameras. He was pitching his window screen company FlexScreen to celebrity investors known as “the Sharks” on ABC’s popular show.

“It is the scariest experience that I’ve ever had in my entire life,” said the genial, baseball-cap-wearing entrepreneur, speaking from FlexScreen’s manufacturing plant in the Pittsburgh area. “It’s terribly surreal as well.”  

Shark Tank Update

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 - SHARK TANK ABC

FlexScreen returns to The Tank in an Update segment to showcase the company's growth since its original appearance in January 2020.

'Shark Tank' Circles Back to Highlight Murrysville Company's Success Story

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 - FEATURE IN TRIB LIVE

The home page for Murrysville-based company, FlexScreen, has a concise message: “The world’s first and only flexible window screen.” It seems like such a simple concept, even company founder Joe Altieri couldn’t believe no one had done it. And his execution of it was so effective that he had multiple “sharks” from ABC’s “Shark Tank” battling to make a deal with him in early 2020.

FlexScreen To Appear On Shark Tank Update

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 - CISION PR NEWSWIRE

FlexScreen, the leading name in window screen innovation, will appear in a Shark Tank Update on February 26th, 2021, on ABC. (8E / 7C - 9M / 8P.) FlexScreen, who originally appeared on Shark Tank's Episode 10 in Season 11 will provide fans with an inside look at how their appearance on the show changed the company's trajectory. 

FlexScreen To Appear On Update Episode Of Shark Tank

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 - DOOR AND WINDOW MARKET MAGAZINE

Officials for FlexScreen announced that the company will appear in Shark Tank Update—a follow-up episode to the company’s first appearance on January 5, 2020 (episode 10, season 11). Set to air this Friday, the episode will provide viewers with an inside look at how the appearance of CEO Joe Altieri impacted the company, including its “journey of success post-investment.”

What's On TV Friday

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 - FLEXSCREEN MENTION IN LA TIMES

Shark Tank In this new episode, hopefuls pitch a product to help beds; a plant-based take on a classic favorite food; an easy way to walk one’s dog without tracking dirt and germs; and an app designed to help kids learn coding. There’s also an update on FlexScreen, a flexible window screen company. 8 p.m. ABC

FlexScreen Returns To ABC's 'Shark Tank' To Showcase Its Success

FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 - NEXT PITTSBURGH

Joe Altieri jumped into the Shark Tank in January 2020 and lived to tell the tale. In fact, he got a bite from one of the sharks, Lori Greiner (known as the “Queen of QVC”), and it’s made his flexible window screen business jump. He now employs about 60 people in Westmoreland County at FlexScreen’s headquarters in Murrysville and the company’s main plant in Export.

FlexScreen Welcomes Two Local Mayors

FEBRUARY 11TH, 2021 - FEATURE IN WINDOW + DOOR

The visit was meant to showcase the local business and how it is effectively operating under CDC guidelines during the pandemic, and also creating jobs in the area.

4 Market Trends To Watch In Fenestration

JANUARY 20TH, 2021 - BYLINE IN WINDOW + DOOR

"If 2020 taught us anything, it's that we can't possibly know what the future holds and trying to predict what the new year will bring seems like an exercise in futility. Still, we can hope for some normalcy in 2021, so I put together some thoughts on a few market trends I feel could be in store for the window and door industry this year..."

Shark Tank Winner Joe Altieri of FlexScreen Shares Wisdom

JANUARY 15TH, 2021 - INTERVIEW IN BILLION SUCCESS

By the age of 12, I was finding ways to work and earn money. At 15, I was selling flowers curbside and doing so much business that the local flower shop owner made an impromptu visit to my stand to see what was going on. I believe that I’m a born entrepreneur. I’ve always had a strong work ethic and a real drive and determination to make things better and seek solutions.

E-Commerce Trends For Commercial Construction

JANUARY 7TH, 2021 - BYLINE IN CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE

"Change burst onto the scene in 2020 like a wrecking ball and smashed norms without discrimination. The pandemic, and subsequent closures and lockdowns, brought Godzilla-sized destruction world-wide. But it didn't take long to realize that the construction industry would largely escape the devastation and even thrive through the chaos..."

FlexScreen Feature in Great Lakes By Design

JANUARY 7TH, 2021 - GREAT LAKES BY DESIGN 

“Really, I was trying to solve a problem in our industry, which is the damage that is caused by regular window screens; that was the problem that I was solving, but the inspiration came from crazy places,” Altieri said.

We Live To Build Interview With Joe Altieri

DECEMBER 29TH, 2020 - WE LIVE TO BUILD

My original idea was to make FlexScreen a household name by convincing window manufacturers and dealers to abandon the constant problems and customer complaints associated with the century-old technology of traditional window screens for our innovative, sleek, and simple design.

FlexScreen Momentum Release

DECEMBER 16TH, 2020

Flexscreen, the company that set out to revolutionize the stagnant window industry, experienced a record-breaking quarter of revenue growth that has put the company one step closer to becoming a global leader in the market. Led by Joe Altieri, winner of ‘Shark Tank’, the company is projected to triple in earnings by the end of 2021, showing once and for all that his bet on smart and green innovation in the window industry was spot on. 

How to Pitch Like a Shark Tank Winner

NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020 - BYLINE IN STARTUP NATION

"Throughout the process, from that first e-mail [from Sony's Shark Tank producers] to the signed equity deal with Shark Tank investor Lori Greiner over a year later, I learned so much, and I carry those lessons from the tank into every aspect of my leadership today. Here are some of my key takeaways from Shark Tank that may help you in your own startup journey..."

A Series of Fortunate Accidents

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2020 - FEATURE IN PRO REMODELER

Every year hundreds of thousands of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs write, email, call, send all numbers and manner of appeals to the producers of Shark Tank, hoping against odds for the opportunity to pitch their products to the show’s panel of high-money and now household-name investors. As an entrepreneur with aspirations of growing his small business FlexScreen—which sells a more damage-resistant alternative to traditional aluminum-framed screens—Joe Altier was never one to turn his nose up to the financial support and brand awareness that prime-time TV investors can provide. But it was never his strategy to chase it, nor did he have the time to apply/plead. Turns out it didn’t matter, because the producers of Shark Tank ended up coming to him.

FlexScreen Announces Partnership With Saint-Gobain ADFORS

OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 - FLEXSCREEN PRESS RELEASE

FlexScreen, manufacturer of the world’s first and only flexible window screen, has announced today their new strategic partnership with Saint-Gobain ADFORS, leading international manufacturer of high-performance construction and industrial materials. This global partnership grants Saint-Gobain ADFORS exclusive rights to sell FlexScreen products within the retail and dotcom channels.

How To Pitch (And Pivot) Like A Shark Tank Winner

OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 - BYLINE IN CEOWORLD MAGAZINE

"A great deal of the success I’ve had has resulted from calculated risk-taking, a willingness to reevaluate continually, and a firm dedication to investing in increased online awareness through social media, blogs, podcasts, and other brand awareness strategies..."

FlexScreen Feature in Old House Journal

SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2020 - OLD HOUSE JOURNAL

New products for keeping the house cleaner and tighter. 2. EASIER WINDOW SCREENS
These affordable screens have a flexible frame that makes them easy to install and remove. Available up to 55" wide x 80" tall, for windows with or without screen tracks. Screen-mesh options include high-visibility and pet-resistant.

Joe Altieri of FlexScreen: 5 Important Business Lessons I Learned While Being On The Shark Tank

SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2020 - INTERVIEW IN AUTHORITY MAGAZINE

SOLUTIONS WIN: As a leader, I look for two things in an employee: are they a good fit for our company culture, and do they have the necessary skills to solve my problems? That’s it. The pro-active go-getters who will attack problems head-on will always rise to the top, and frequently they aren’t the ones with the highest levels of education or the most impressive resumes. Everyone can find a problem. That’s why a business exists in the first place — to solve problems, real or perceived. But the most influential, successful, and fulfilled people stand out by seeking solutions.

Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner Make the Same Offer - Shark Tank

JANUARY 5TH, 2020 - ABC NETWORK

Barbara Corcoran is interested in window screen company FlexScreen, and has an offer out there for entrepreneur Joe Altieri. Then Lori Greiner decides to make the same offer, making Joe choose which Shark he thinks will be best for his business. From season 11, episode 10 of Shark Tank.

'Shark Tank' recap: Entrepreneur screens sharks for investment in his flexible window screens

JANUARY 5TH, 2020 - USA TODAY

On Sunday's "Shark Tank," Joe Altieri pitched FlexScreen, a flexible, easy-to-install screen that simply pops into a window frame.

'Shark Tank': Lori & Barbara Battle Over Window Screen Company (RECAP)

JANUARY 5TH, 2020 - TV INSIDER

The Sharks are back after the show's seasonal hiatus and ready to make a deal!

Murrysville entrepreneur scores deal for flexible window screens on 'Shark Tank'

JANUARY 6TH, 2020 - PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE 

Joe Altieri swam with the sharks and survived. In fact, he came out in even better shape than before.

Local man nets deal in appearance on 'Shark Tank'

JANUARY 6TH, 2020 - WTAE

A local man got the attention of the sharks on Sunday night's episode of "Shark Tank" on ABC.

Local Company FlexScreen Featured On ‘Shark Tank’

JANUARY 10TH, 2020 - PLAIN TALK

Being able to twist and bend a window screen into place without causing damage – that’s the secret behind FlexScreen, a product that is manufactured locally and was featured this week on the popular TV show “Shark Tank.”

Saint Vincent Center Offers Advice, Connections For Small Business Startups

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2019 - TRIBLIVE 

Before an entrepreneur reaches the point where they feel comfortable calling themselves a small-business owner, there’s the daunting prospect of first starting a business. In the case of someone like FlexScreen President Joe Altieri of Plum, he was able to put in place a group of investors to help launch his business.

Window screen company has gone from Plum garage to nationwide success

FEBRUARY 8TH, 2019 - TRIBLIVE

When Joe Altieri began seeking a way to make a better window screen in his Plum garage, he was just looking to improve on what was century-old technology. “The current patent on window screens dates back to 1907,” Altieri said. “So you have 100-year-old technology on modern windows.”

FlexScreen Atlanta Now Taking Orders

APRIL 26TH, 2018 - DWM MAGAZINE

FlexScreen, which has been grabbing a lot of attention in the industry for its innovative flexible window screens, announced at IBS Orlando in January that the company would be opening its newest plant in Atlanta.

FlexScreen-South Dakota Open for Business

MAY 25TH, 2017 - DWM MAGAZINE

FlexScreen-South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., the company’s newest manufacturing plant, began accepting customer orders this week. The facility will produce the full line of FlexScreen products and plans to add 24-40 jobs over the next 18 months.

FlexScreen to Open New Plant in South Dakota

MARCH 10TH, 2017 - DWM MAGAZINE

FlexScreen LLC is expanding operations into the upper Midwest with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Vermillion, S.D.  Scheduled to begin manufacturing in the spring of 2017, FlexScreen-South Dakota will produce the full line of FlexScreen products and plans to add 24-40 jobs over the next 18 months

Lesko Talks Windows: FlexScreen with Joe Altieri

NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 - DWM MAGAZINE

In the latest edition of the Lesko Talks Windows podcast at DWM, host Jim Lesko chats with Joe Altieri, the inventor, developer and president of FlexScreen.

FlexScreen Receives Patent for Flexible Window Screen

JANUARY 21ST, 2016 - WINDOW + DOOR

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office awarded FlexScreen the first of 11 patent applications for its flexible window screen technology.

Crystal Acheivement Awards 2015: The Crystal Standard

SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015 - WINDOW + DOOR

“Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best,” says Joe Altieri, president and founder of this year’s Crystal Achievement Award-winning FlexScreen. Before he cultivated his simple idea for a solution to damaged screens, Altieri spent 15 years of his career as an independent sales rep, selling outsourced window screens. “The issue we had on a day-to-day basis was damage,” he reports, and homeowner complaints about the design of window screens.

FlexScreen to Open Manufacturing Facility in Pittsburgh

JULY 25TH, 2014 - DWM MAGAZINE

FlexScreen has partnered with Ventana USA to open its first manufacturing facility in the Pittsburgh area. The 44,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will operate under the name FlexScreen Pittsburgh LLC and will supply fabricated window screens to the western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and eastern Michigan markets.