Pella Company History Timeline

1925 Pete and Lucille Kuyper invest in the Rolscreen Company to manufacture Rolscreen window screens that roll up and down like a shade.
- No spring or fall window screening duties - Rolscreens are built in with the windows -They roll up and down -All Metal Construction ROLSCREEN COMPANY 46 Main Street, Pella, Iowa From 1928 ad Dismuke's Hit Of The Week.
1934 The Rolscreen Company introduces Pella Venetian Blinds.
1937 The first Pella window makes its debut the deluxe casement window with a steel frame, wood interior, divided windowpanes, exterior wash feature and removable insulating glass panel.
In 1950, for example, the company created the Pella multipurpose window, which could be used as either a casement or awning.
Likewise, Kuyper introduced the Pella wood folding door in 1952.
That was followed in 1957 by the Pella twinlite window, one of the first window systems to offer efficient insulating glass as an option.
1958 Introduction of the first roomside removable wood grilles windowpane dividers .
1960 Pella wood sliding glass doors become an important design element in American homes.
1964 Pella invents the first double-hung window with a sash that pivots so exterior glass can be washed from inside the home.
1966 Pella introduces Slimshade blinds the world's first window with blinds tucked between-the-glass.
1970 The company introduces wood windows with low-maintenance aluminum-clad exteriors.
1985 The first Pella Window Store opens, redefining how customers shop for windows and doors.
The United States economy began to slow in 1988, however, and the high-end market tailed off.
1988 Company's long profitability slows appreciably.
1990 Pella Architect Series wood windows and patio doors are introduced with patented Integral Light Technology grilles that combine the realistic look of individual window panes with superior energy efficiency.
In 1992, our company changed its name to Pella Corporation to better reflect our entire window and door offering.
Some Pella executives were introduced to kaizen in 1992, at a point when Pella seemed to be losing ground to its competitor Andersen Corporation and to products sold through the big-box home center stores.
1993 In our commitment to people, products and customers, Pella launches a companywide program to continuously improve its work processes and efficiencies.
The company eventually earned a reputation as one of the top window and door producers in the United States. 'Our philosophy was, if you built a better product, then somebody would come buy it,' explained a company representative in Fortune in 1993.
1995 Pella Precision Fit pocket replacement windows install quickly and easily with little mess.
In an interview with Adweek January 20, 1997 , Pella's marketing director Jerry Dow explained, 'We're competing with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Jacuzzi tubs, and Kohler faucets,' not just other door and window manufacturers like Andersen.
In 1997, the company purchased Cole Sewell Corporation.
In 1999, Pella made one more acquisition, the door manufacturer Pease Industries.
Sales grew an estimated 50 percent over 1999, leading to an estimated total sales figure of around 900 million.
2000 The first of six consecutive years that Fortune magazine recognizes Pella as one of the 100 Best Companies To Work For.
2000 Pella entry doors are introduced, featuring another Pella breakthrough Jamb-On-Sill design.
2001 Pella's new HurricaneShield windows and doors meet tough standards for impact resistance.
2002 Pella debuts the sliding glass patio door with Rolscreen retractable screen.
2003 The company introduces its first vinyl window and door line.
2003 Pella improves its between-the-glass blinds and shades by making them cordless so they're safer for children and pets.
2004 Pella storm doors with Rolscreen retractable screens are introduced.
2005 Pella's revolutionary new Designer Series windows and patio doors feature exclusive snap-in between-the-glass window fashions that are easy to change.
2005 The company launches its Express Install storm doors that can be installed in as little as 60 minutes.
2009 Pella is the first to introduce a new high-altitude insulating glass option with argon.
2011 Pella launches Pella 350 Series vinyl windows and patio doors with premium aesthetics, exceptional energy efficiency, plus blinds- or shades-between-the-glass on sliding patio doors.
2014 Pella 250 Series Vinyl Windows are introduced.
2015 Pella launches Pella Insynctive technology a family of smart window and door products.
2016 Pella introduces expansive Scenescape Patio Doors.
2017 Pella offers new hardware styles and finishes for wood windows and patio doors, providing more design choices than ever before.
2018 Pella revolutionizes single- and double-hung window screens with the patent-pending Integrated Rolscreen retractable screen that seamlessly appears when you open the window and rolls out of sight when you close it.
2019 Pella Lifestyle Series wood windows and patio doors are introduced, offering the most desired features and options, enhanced performance solutions and purposeful innovations to fit real life, room by room.
Company Founded
Pella, IA
Company Headquarter
Lucille Kuyper,Pete Kuyper
Company Founders

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