company history

The Elite Story

Elite Shutters & Shadings began as MLI Shutters in 1993 when founder and current CEO Michael Lencioni, who was at the time a very busy shutter and blind installer, saw a need for qualified window covering sales and design.

“ I got really tired of bringing product back for remake due to designer error. It seemed that almost daily I would run into a design issue. It became very apparent that most sales and design people had no or very little practical experience.”-Michael Lencioni

Elite Shutters (MLI Shutters) began as a home-based business. Slowly but surely, Mikes reputation for quality design and installation at a fair price, drove business to the point of expansion.

Soon they had moved to an industrial building with 1500ft of warehouse space to accommodate customer orders. The growth of the company continued at a steady pace over the next several years and as they grew so did the staff.

In 2007 Elite Shutters & Shadings (MLI Shutters) Moved to an Industrial Storefront Location in Manteca, CA with over 5000 sq. ft. of space. Due to the reputation, they had garnered and extreme focus on customer satisfaction they continued to experience growth while other window covering companies were going out of business during the housing bubble.

In 2009 Elite (MLI) was certified as a Hunter Douglas Authorized dealer repair center. This added another level of customer service that other dealers don’t offer.

In 2010 Elite (MLI) added Gary Crannell to its staff to take charge of their Builder Upgrade business. The addition of Gary’s’ 40 years of window covering experience proved invaluable in obtaining contracts with KB Homes and Vintage Design service. Elite now handle all of Northern California for KB Homes.

In 2013 they opened their first Hunter Douglas Gallery store in Livermore, CA. Hiring only the most experienced design and installation staff to uphold the companies standards.

In 2015 they opened their second Hunter Douglas Gallery Store and in 2016 added a third Location in Elk Grove, CA.

It was at this time that company decided to change their name to better convey the company vision. So Elite Shutters & Shadings was born and MLI Shutters was sundowned. The same great company, the same great people and a new Great Name that reflects their core principles:

“Honesty-Integrity-Quality and Value”

Today Elite Shutters & Shadings offers professional in home design consultations, Quality installations performed by Master Certified Installers, repair services by Hunter Douglas certified repair technicians and the highest quality products manufactured right here in America.

If you would like to know more about our window treatment company with locations in Manteca, Livermore and Elk Grove, please call 209-825-1400 or complete our online request form.


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