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Don Young Series 6220

Hello. I have a rental property and wanting to replace 10 aluminum windows. I had several estimates and really confusedknow. Everyone thinks there windows is better then the next company. Installation is also confusing. Are they suppose to cut into sheetrock and window sill? I’m just wanting a midrange vinyl window. Nothing fancy but also do not want it to fall apart in eight years.

I was thinking of Don Young series 6220 $5,959 or
Burris TectView AC no nail fin $6,100.
MI windows came out today and their quote was $4,997 for 1620 series. MI said I could save $600 if I change two windows to sliders. Totally overwhelmed. Thank you! Mich

Mich - Homeowner - from 2020

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Hi Mich, I totally agree that you don't need to spend tons of money on a rental place. However, there is a big difference in the quality of window between the DYC6200 and the MI1620. Don Young makes a great aluminum window, one of the best for that hot climate in the "south." I would spend the extra $1K on the Don Young. I'll bet you'll save that money come year 10 when the MI windows start having issues. If this were my place, I'd go with the Don Young 6200 single hung.

In terms of installation, you can get a replacement/retrofit window where they cut the existing window out and place the new window right in the hole. Saves a ton of money, especially if you have sheetrock because they have to take off 6 to 8 inches of sheetrock around each window, replace the new window, and then attach it with a nailing fin.

Then they have to replace and patch the stucco and paint and match the stucco color, which companies screw up on all the time. Unless you have some serious water damage, I'd stick to the retrofit method, especially on a rental!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Don Young Vinyl Vs. Window World

I have 15 windows, including two 24" octagons and one 10" that may not be replaced. The attachment includes window arrangement and sizes, if interested.

Window World vinyl windows (double hung)
Replace 12 standard: $6,150
Octagons: $1,050 (for both) 10": $475
Total: $7,675
Confirmed the warranty covers parts and labor (specifically for glass breakage and seal failure; which is attractive).

Don Young vinyl (single hung)
Replace 12 standard: $6,500
Octagons and 10": $1,400 (glass only @$600)
Total: $7,900 or $7,100 (glass only)
Add $600 total to upgrade to thermally-broken aluminum

Are these quotes reasonable? I spoke with both reps twice, who said pricing is the best they can do. Should we consider replacing glass only in 10" and octagons? Should we upgrade to thermally-broken aluminum?

Thank you for your consideration,

Scott - Homeowner - from 2018

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Scott, I would certainly go with the Don Young option over the Window World. I think the Don Young aluminum windows are quite good and would pay the extra $600 to upgrade. Quite a good price for the Don Young and definitely the one I would go with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018



Don Young Windows vs. Krestmark 220 Series

Dane, I am considering two quotes for window replacement. One quote is for Don Young windows at a total replacement cost including installation of $8700. The next best quote is a Krestmark 220 series windows for $5800. Do you think the quality of the Don Young window justifies that much additional cost?

Bill - Homeowner - from 2018

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Bill, I would say that the Don Young is worth the extra $3.5K (how many windows are we talking about?) over the Krestmark. However, I would add that the $8700 bid isn't necessarily the floor of the Don Young reps bid. I would go back to him and tell him that you have a bid for $5800, which is much more in line with your budget. Ask if he can match it...he'll tell you no, then you say that if he can come close, you're ready to sign then and there. That should get him to start the process of lowering his bid. It might take a few days, but I will bet he'll move from that $8700.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Don Young Or NT Windows?

Hello! I’m looking at replacing approximately 35 windows in my home near Houston. I’ve had several bids from dealers offering Simonton (Asure & reflections 5500), NT Window, Don Young and Atrium. Do you have any thoughts on any of these products for a very hot climate?

I am a little hesitant on the Simonton Asure simply because it seems to be more of an entry level window, but is the reflections 5500 worth the additional money (Assuming both offer the solar pro glass).

Many thanks in advance for your help and opinion!

Sonya - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hi Sonya, congratulations on the start off the project and for getting several bids to see what's out there and what price range you are looking at. I would agree with your assessment of the Asure as an entry level window and would say that the premium or upgraded cost of the 5500 is probably worth it.

Of the bids you have, I would rank them in this order (not knowing the cost or any of the window particulars of course).

1. Don Young
2. NT
3. Simonton Reflections 5500
4. Simonton Asure
5. Atrium

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Don Young Vinyl Replacement Windows

I need to replace several wood clad windows in my home. I would like to get an estimate of the cost involved for Don Young Vinyl casement replacement windows?

What is the price range I should expect for a 56x60 Sunshield 2 Lite professionally installed. The window sizes range from 48x60 to 48x72.

It is impossible to find comps on the various web sites.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

Richard - Homeowner - from 2017

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Richard, the reason it's so hard to find comps is that each project is so different from one another. There are tons of upgrades and options available on the windows themselves that throwing out a price per window is virtually impossible.

Get the bid from Don Young and then get a few more bids to compare it to. This is the best way to see what the fair market price for your project is. Maybe get a bid on a Milgard Tuscany, or from Zen windows, Gilkey if in your area, even Simonton (you want to stick to their Impressions or higher end Reflections series windows). Others to look for include Okna, Soft-Lite, Amerimax or Polaris.

Get your bids, compare them, and then use the different bids to get the lowest price on the bid that seems like your best option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Houston Texas Replacement Windows

Good morning, my name is Jeff and I live in Houston, TX. I need to replace three 84x58 picture windows in my living room. The window is faced to gulf court, so privacy and strength is a concern. Could you please recommend a window type to me? I am seeking for mid range windows. If you could, please give me price information also. Thank you so much.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hi Jeff, it sounds like you are looking for a vinyl impact window, although an aluminum clad window might be an option as well in the hot Houston heat (aluminum is very strong, but is poor in terms of energy efficiency). I would get a bid from Don Young in Houston (they make excellent aluminum window and mid range vinyl windows) and ask them if they feel that a laminated or tempered glass is sufficient in terms in being able to withstand a golf ball.

I know Simonton is in Texas and they make a decent vinyl window, their 9800 Impressions window or their 5500 Reflections series with an upgrade to the laminated glass and perhaps a meeting rail reinforcement would go a long way to really creating a strong and durable window, without breaking the bank.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Don Young 7100 Vinyl Windows

Hello Dane, your website has a wealth of very useful and important information. We are looking to replace 28 windows in our home and we have a quote from Don Young for their 7100 and 7200 (vinyl) series for $16,081. But I am unable to find the 7100 series on the Don Young website! What can you tell us about the 7100 &7200 series of Don Young windows? We also have a quote on the Hermosa series from Milgard for $16.923.

My questions:

1. How important is the air leakage factor in Austin? When researching online on key ratings such as SHRC etc for Austin area - we came across recommendations/suggestions on picking windows with Air Leakage factors of 0.04, and that the Air Leakage factor of <=.3 was “minimum” industry requirement. In your view - how does this impact or not impact the internal climate control?

2. Should we consider Al windows? All window installers and contractors are telling me that Al has better aesthetics but is less efficient. What are your views?

3. What can you tell us about city permits and window installations?

4. Would you consider the quote that we have for the Don Young window as reasonable? Also, why is that we are unable to find details on the 7100/7200 series? Is it discontinued?

Thank you and kind regards.

Ramya - Homeowner - from 2018

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Ramya, the Don Young and Milgard quote are probably equal in quality. You might want to get a quote from NT on their Presidential series, this is a good vinyl window. Is Sunrise or Soft-Lite available in Austin? I'd do a simple google search and see if any local companies carry these brands, which are a step above what you have.

1. Air leakage is important in my opinion for a vinyl window. The more air that comes through a window impacts the internal temperature of a home. It works in conjunction with U-value and SHGC though, the latter being more of a function of the glass. An air leakage of .10 or lower is what I'd shoot for.

2. You can certainly consider aluminum windows, but see my notes below. I tend to think that a good vinyl window is better than aluminum, unless you live in a very hot part of Texas.

3. I can't tell you anything about Austin, Tx city permits, but again the companies working in those areas and installing windows on a daily basis should have a firm grasp on any permitting that might be required for windows. Unless it's part of an extensive remodel, replacement windows in and of themselves typically require no permitting from the city. But again defer to your local installers for that info. Another reason to collect a number of bids.

4. I've never heard of the Don Young 7100 series, it isn't listed on the website and I have no experience with that window. This is a question that the Don Young dealer should be able to answer in great detail. Have them compare it to their other window lines and provide you with as much performance data as they can. I'm not honestly over impressed with the performance data on the Don Young vinyl windows. They make a very good aluminum window, which ironically is not strong on the energy efficiency front, but it such a strong frame that it makes sense in very hot parts of Texas.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018






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Don Young 8200 Series Aluminum vs. Okna 800

Dane and Tim, we have narrowed down our window remodel down to a couple providers. We are struggling wirh the actual windows.

The project is 11 windows. They differ in size but are mostly large windows.

The bids responded with Amsco Restoration series vinyl, Don Young 8200 series aluminum and Okna 800 series vinyl.

I was surprised at the affordably of the aluminum windows.

It actually appears vinyl windows have improved so much that there is no quality difference.

We are in Houston though.

Do y'all have any advice to help here?

Thanks.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2021

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Greg, although Houston is very hot, I still think the Okna 800 would serve you best. The Okna 800 series is my favorite vinyl window, an truly excellent window. However, the Don Young 8200 series aluminum window is also excellent. I might be split on these two selections in the Houston climate. A distant third would be the Amsco Restoration series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Don Young Windows vs. Okna

I should say thank you but we are stuck between the Okna and Don Young windows as well :)

The NFRC ratings on the Okna are very different than the Don Young. I understand how to compare those numbers. One question, is there something that converts those numbers into something real? For example a comparison of heat gain for various SFGC numbers? I don't have any major east/west exposure so direct sunlight is not a huge concern. Still would be nice to know the difference.

Also interested in a real heat gain/loss comparison of U-factores of .19 vs .21 vs .23 ... I'm guessing that loss is minimal as that would only be the frames.

Thanks for the info though! We did rule out the Amsco. This also helped us find a company for our window installation.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2021

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Greg, I can't quite give you a conversion on those SHGC numbers. Frustrating I know. Not much of a difference between .19 and .23 u-values, both extremely solid though. The Don Young is going to last forever, with very average energy efficiency, while the Okna is going to offer great energy efficiency, but it won't last like a quality aluminum window will.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021


Don Young 8200 Aluminum Windows

Tim, I am talking to two dealers to install Don Young 8200 aluminum windows. Both are very experienced and reputable and have good references. One uses foam during the installation. The other says he doesn’t use foam because it would make the window sweat. Your thoughts?

Don - Homeowner - from 2018

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I don't know enough about aluminum windows to say for sure. I've never heard that a foam could change the dew point, but aluminum is a pretty strong conductor.

I would try and get one or two more bids from aluminum window dealers in the area and pick their brains on that one.

Love to hear what they say.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Don Young’s 8200 Window

Tim, my windows are original, 35-year-old, single-pane aluminum. I’m quite impressed with Don Young’s 8200. The SHGC is .21, very good. While the U factor isn’t great (.42), I like them for several reasons:

1. They seem much better looking to me than clunky, chunky vinyl. And come in bronze, which will look much better on our house than white or tan.

2. The SHGC is excellent, .21, and the air linkage is very low.

3. While the U factor is .42, mediocre, we live in such a warm climate in Houston with temperate winters. My electricity bills are $1,541/year vs $480 for gas—so it feels like the U factor of.42 and air tight windows will still be a massive improvement over our older, drafty single-pane windows.

4. I get the feeling these Don Young 8200 windows will last a lot longer than any vinyl window. They seem solid and well-built. I’ve never liked vinyl—and can’t see why anyone (living in a climate with temperate winters like Houston) would install vinyl over aluminum. I can’t see where a better U-factor could possibly outweigh the better appearance, strength & integrity, and much slimmer profile of aluminum.

Writing to you to see if I'm missing something? It seems like sort of a "slam dunk" to me—thought I’d get a 2nd opinion from you.

Don - Homeowner - from 2018

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Don, you are correct on all fronts. Aluminum windows are not very energy efficient, but they are very strong. Much stronger than vinyl and able to withstand very hot climates such as yours. They don't make sense in most places, but they do in your state.

If vinyl bugs you and you want to get a quality aluminum window, which Don Young makes, I say go for it. The company has a very solid reputation and the windows should last a good long time.

Good luck and let me know how it goes with them!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Don Young Aluminum Windows

Replacing 16 of 27 windows in our Central Texas single story house. I have five estimates for aluminum and vinyl windows. I would love to get your take on the following.

NT Presidential White Vinyl Series: $18,500

Simonton Prism Platinum Vinyl Series: $13,000

Zen Nirvana Vinyl Series: $22,000

NT Twinsulator Aluminum Series: $20,500

Don Young Aluminum Series: $14,100

Red - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Red, given your location I think either vinyl or aluminum would work. Don Young makes a very good aluminum window and they are almost your lowest quote. The other one that looks good is the Simonton Prism Platinum. It's a solid vinyl window and your lowest cost quote. I think pound for pound these are the best you've got.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Don Young Aluminum Clad Windows

Good Evening, we live in North Central Texas and we are planning on replacing our single pane aluminum windows this spring with double hungs. We are looking in the mid price range. My concern is who to use that is energy efficient, will withstand our heat and extreme cold. What series you would also recommend? Warranty there work/labor for life of purchaser?

I hear that vinyl will warp, not sure if this is true. Since we have aluminum tend to lean that way but are open to recommendations. I keep going to Don Young only cause he is in Texas and I have heard good things from a friend but I do not know what other companies I should check out.

We have a multi colored house of blue/grey hues, red/terra cotta hues and I am trying to find the frame that would compliment the house. Therefore, I would also need some company that has a wide range of colors.

Thank you for your guidance

Martha - Homeowner - from 2018

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Martha, Don Young makes a high end aluminum clad window and a good vinyl window. I would highly recommend going with a Don Young aluminum clad window, but good quality vinyl windows should not warp. Cheaper vinyl can warp—if you do go with a good quality vinyl window, I would suggest upgrading with a sash reinforcement.

The bottom line is any material can warp, but quality vinyl windows are made to take the heat conditions in north Texas. The heat is one reason why aluminum is a viable option in places like Texas—aluminum is not very good in terms of energy efficiency, but it is very strong.

Other options include the Milgard line for Texas, Gilkey aluminum windows, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and the Zen Lotus Plus (if available).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Don Young Windows In Texas

Dane and Tim, I saw your website and appreciate your knowledge and advice. I'm trying to select a good quality window for my house that offers a good bang for the buck without frills that we don't need or won't use. Attached are pictures of all the windows that will be replaced. I live in Ft Worth Texas and appreciate your recommendation.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, I would take a look at Don Young windows; they make an excellent aluminum window and also a good vinyl window. Milgard manufactures a line of vinyl windows in Texas so do a search for Milgard dealers that cover Ft. Worth. Finally, I would consider one of the top line vinyl windows from Simonton, either the Impressions 9800 series or the Reflections 5500 series (sometimes called the Platinum Prism series). All of these recommendations should provide a quality vinyl window at a fair price.

Google "ft. worth simonton windows" for instance and see what local companies carry them, then call up and start collecting your bids! Feel free to send them my way and I can make a recommendation on what is a good option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Aluminum Window Recommendations In Texas

Hi I'm replacing 1920-year-old house wood windows with aluminum windows. Is MI a good choice? Or recommend another please. I live in central Texas. Thanks, gin

Ginger - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hi Ginger, MI is typically considered a builder grade window and not the brand that I would recommend - in fact, not even anywhere close. The first bid you are going to want to get is from Don Young, who is a Texas based manufacturer that makes an excellent aluminum window. They have three factories in your state and you should be able to find a dealer or two in your area w/o much problem.

Next, I like Milgard's aluminum windows and they too should have local companies that sell this brand.

Finally, I like Gerkin aluminum windows, which are made in Oklahoma, but should have a company or dealer who handles some or all of Texas.

I think any of these three options would be a much better long term option for you and while they may cost more in the short run, in the long run you will be saving yourself some money!


Don Young Windows In Oklahoma

I have about 20 windows in my 1967 ranch style house that I'm wanting to replace. I live in Norman, Oklahoma. I have quotes from Window World, someone who installs Don Young windows, and someone who installs MI windows. I came across your site today and am now thinking I need to get a few more quotes for better quality windows. Can you recommend some good mid-range windows that are available for install in Oklahoma? Sounds like Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Okna are your top mid-range picks.

Justin - Homeowner - from 2016

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Justin, you are right about Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Okna - these are all considered top vinyl window manufacturers. I'm not a big fan of Window World or MI windows. I do think Don Young makes an excellent aluminum clad window and a decent vinyl window. I know Gerkin windows is available in your area and they make a very solid aluminum and vinyl window options. If Soft-Lite isn't available, Zen is a franchised option that may be available and their two upper lines are the Soft-Lite Classic and Pro models, both quite good. Let me know if this is enough to go on!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Don Young In Arizona

Dane, We need to replace all of our windows in a twleve year old house that was built on speculation and now has water coming in through the frames where the joints have opened up. We have spoken to an MIWD representative, but I see that you don't particularly like those windows. We are not looking to go "cheap" here, but we do want to make sure we don't throw our money away. The windows we now have are Jeld-Wen and they have not held up well in this relatively new house.

So...with the understanding that we live in the Sonoran Desert and we have south and west facing windows, what would be your recommendation for a quality window that will last a long time and be as energy efficient as possible? Thank you for your considered opinion.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

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Jeff, if you are looking for the strongest windows that can hold up to harsh conditions, you may want to look at an aluminum clad window. The problem is they aren't very energy efficient. Milgard makes a good aluminum window, Don Young out of Houston might be available in your area and they make a good aluminum window as well.

You can also go with a good quality vinyl window. In Arizona, I would recommend Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. All three of these brands will have companies in your area that carry and install these windows and they are my west coast go to vinyl window companies.

I would suggest getting 4 or 5 bids and trying to get a consensus as to what the local companies think is the best window option for your climate and environment. The desert is a tough place so finding the best fit is key - the local companies should have a better idea of the right fit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Don Young Aluminum Windows

I love Don Young windows. They make a great thermally broken aluminum window, especially the single hung. Their vinyls are nothing special, just average, but they do really well with larger windows, maybe 36" x 72" or bigger. For smaller ones, I like Softlite or Sunrise best. Simonton is okay, too, but so many dealers offer them you have to be careful to find a reliable one.

Daniel - Contractor - from 2011


Aluminum Window Features

I like their double hung vinyl windows. They have great features, similar to the Simonton 5300. Reinforced meeting rails, several colors, triple pane options, low-e coating, screens, etc. They are well made and hold up well, and their prices are great. They are as good as Simonton or Marvin but less expensive. I had 23 put in not long ago and I love them.

Peter - Contractor - from 2010


Performance & Energy Efficiency Data

I'm based in Houston, and I sell a ton of Don Young's thermally broken aluminum windows. They have an shgc that can compete with vinyl, .29 to .31, narrow frames that give you more glass, and they can come in a great bronze color that I really love. They do have a high u-value .31-.34 and they cost more than Simonton 5500. If you get a lot of cold weather, they also don't have the energy efficiency that some windows do, but I like them, especially the 8200 series, which is commercially rated and is really sturdy and durable.

Barry - Installer in Dallas - from 2009






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Frisco Texas Replacement Windows

I am considering replacing the front aluminum windows in our house in Frisco, TX with vinyl windows because a few of the seals are broken. Is it worth making this change or should I just have the glass replaced. If you recommend making this change which brand should I consider. Thanks.

Ed - Homeowner - from 2016

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Ed, I'm not a big fan of replacing the glass, unless the cost of replacement is too high. For instance, my house is stucco and the windows are new construction, meaning they have a nailing fin around them and replacing them means tearing out the stucco around the window, replacing the window, patching the stucco and then matching the color (which is almost impossible if you are picky, which I am).

If the bids for the replacement windows aren't too high, I would say to do this. The energy efficiency you are going to gain is going to be worth the change from the older aluminum frame windows you have.

Three brands you may want to consider are Sunrise, Simonton and Don Young (out of Houston). Don Young makes a good thermally broken aluminum window that is great for hot climates such as Texas. Sunrise and Simonton should be in your area and they make a range of vinyl windows, from decent to very good, depending on the model and upgrades you select.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Don Young Aluminum Window Company

We're excited about our Don Young windows. The Low-E technology, quality and design are just fantastic. But what really blew us away was how much more affordable they were. There was minimal quality sacrificed compared to the big-name brands, and we really preferred a product made in Texas! We now wake up each day in a clear and more beautiful world without all the radiant heat, and we didn't have to "gut" our savings account. Thanks!

Marv - Homeowner - from 2015


Good Alternative To Vinyl Or Fiberglass

I don't like vinyl, I was looking for either aluminum or fiberglass windows. I've heard good things about the aluminums from Don Young, they are mainly in Texas.

Steven - Contractor - from 2011


Don Young vs Pella & Milgards

Don Young makes a decent window, but they aren't as good as Pella Architects - the price on the Pella though is going to be WAY more. There are tons of dealers selling Don Youngs and you can always find a good deal. Pella is more limited and you don't have so many guys trying to undercut each other. I'd also look at Milgards before choosing. The Milgard look great, have a better warranty than Pella or Don Young, and they have some different options including two tone so you can have different colors inside and out.

Justin - Widow Dealer - from 2010


Don Young Windows Review

I built a home in East Texas 2 years ago. I spent a lot of time researching windows to figure out what offered the most bang for your buck, and I decided on Don Youngs. They're a local company, so I was able to go to the factory and look around and ask questions. They seem to be quality windows, good specs as far as thermal qualities and well made. As an example, we had a delay in our central air and had to rely on a 6000 BTU window a/c unit, designed to cool one small room, for 1600 square feet, and it managed to keep the whole floor comfortable, including the room with an entire western wall of windows. The cost per unit depends on on a lot of factors, the style you're buying, window size, and features, but I think it's hard to beat them.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2007






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