The Pella Story

From its founding, Pella has always been about bringing you innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape – they make life easier.

The Pella Story
A promise reflected in every window.

1925 – The promise is born
In 1925, Pete and Lucille Kuyper from the small Dutch community of Pella, Iowa, invested in a newfangled invention – a window screen that rolled up and down like a shade. The couple went on to found a company based on the principles of traditional American values, integrity and the desire to enrich the homes and lives of others.

  • Pella corporation is still owned by the Kuyper family and professionally managed.
  • Pella has been awarded more than 100 product and design patents.
  • Pella has 10 manufacturing facilities.
  • There are more than 200 window and door showrooms.
  • Pella employs 6,000 team members.

Our promise of purposeful innovation
From its founding, Pella has always been about bringing you innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape – they make life easier with meaningful details that matter every day.

Our promise of continuous improvement
At Pella, we're not content to rest on our reputation as an industry leader. Constantly striving to make our products, service, and company better is business as usual.

History of Innovation
Practical problem-solving.

From our company's founding, Pella has been a leader in technology and product innovation. In fact, we've been awarded more than 100 product and design patents. The first double-hung window with a sash that pivots so exterior glass can be washed from inside the home was invented by Pella.

It's in our DNA
Pella's Dutch heritage spurred our company's commitment to practical, commonsense innovation. You won't find Pella developing technology for technology's sake. We are dedicated to building products that make every day easier for you by eliminating life's little nuisances. Like the chore of storing window screens, constantly dusting your window blinds or climbing ladders to clean second story-windows.

From our products to our processes
The word innovative describes more than just Pella's products. From the continuous improvement methods used in building your windows and doors – to the way you can shop for them at 200 Pella Window and Door Showrooms – to even the way we install them in your home. Innovation at Pella is everyone's job. And responsibility. After all, we take our mission to heart – building windows and doors that improve your life. And the home where you live it.

Company history
Since 1925, Pella Corporation has been committed to providing people with innovations that help make their lives better. Our very first innovation – the Rolscreen® retractable window screen – gave homeowners a window screen they didn't have to store every winter. Today, the employees at Pella are as committed as ever to continuing the company's proud heritage of building innovative windows and doors.

1925 – Pete and Lucille Kuyper invest in the Rolscreen Company to manufacture window screens that roll up and down like a shade.

1934 – The Rolscreen Company introduces the Pella venetian blind.

1937 – The first Pella window makes its debut: the deluxe casement window featuring a steel frame, a wood interior, divided windowpanes, an exterior wash feature and a removable insulating glass panel.

1958 – Introduction of the first removable wood 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 sash that pivot so exterior glass can be washed from inside the home.

1966 – Pella introduces Slimshade blinds – the world's first between-the-glass window fashions.

1970 – The company introduces windows with aluminum-clad exteriors that don't need painting.

1985 – The Pella Window Store opens, redefining how to shop for windows and doors.

1990 – The Pella Architect Series® line is introduced with a patented innovation called Integral Light Technology™ grilles that combine the beauty of divided light grilles with superior energy efficiency.

1992 – The Rolscreen Company becomes Pella Corporation. Designer Series® products – featuring between-the-glass blinds, shades and grilles – are introduced.

1992 – Pella® ProLine windows and doors debut, offering Pella quality at a value price.

1993 – In our commitment to people, products and customers, Pella launches a companywide program to continuously improve its work processes and efficiencies.

1995 – New Pella Precision Fit pocket replacement windows install quickly and easily with little mess.

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 door systems are introduced, featuring another Pella breakthrough – Jamb-On-Sill design.

2000 – Pella creates the first casement window crank with a fold-away handle.

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 – Pella® Impervia® products, made with Duracast® fiberglass composite, are launched.

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 premieres its exclusive Vivid View screen, which is virtually invisible and dramatically increases light and airflow.

2004 – Pella storm doors with Rolscreen retractable screens are introduced.

2004 – Pella offers a new Architect Series double-hung window with a historically correct profile, authentic spoon-style hardware, hidden sash tilt mechanisms and wood jambliners.

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.

2007 – Pella acquires EFCO Corporation – one of the largest manufacturers of commercial aluminum fenestration systems in the United States.

2009 – Pella is the first to introduce a new high-altitude insulating glass option with argon.

2011 – Pella launches its patent-pending PerformaSeal Design on Architect Series in-swing patio doors featuring performance levels up to PG55 while still having a low sill height of 1.5 inches.

2011 – Pella launches Pella® 350 Series vinyl windows and sliding glass patio doors with premium aesthetics, unparalleled energy efficiency, plus blinds-and-shades-between-the-glass on patio doors.

2011 – Pella introduces three new lines of entry doors – Architect Series® featuring premium grained fiberglass panels; the redesigned Pella line of fiberglass and steel entry doors; and Encompass by Pella fiberglass and steel entry doors. Both the Architect Series and Pella entry doors feature the new PerformaSeal design for the first to be rated for air and water performance in the industry.

2014 – Pella® 250 Series Vinyl Windows are introduced.

2015 – Pella launches Pella® Insynctive® technology – a family of smart window and door products.

2015 – Pella acquires Grabill Windows and Doors – a premiere designer and manufacturer of custom luxury windows and doors for elite properties.

2015 – Pella expands its commercial offering with Architect Series® Monumental Hung Windows.

2016 – Pella introduces expansive Scenescape™ Patio Doors.

2016 – The Vibrancy Collection comes on the market – a trend-setting collection of colorful entry-door paints.

2017 – Pella offers new hardware styles and finishes for wood windows and patio doors, providing more design choices than ever before.

2017 – Pella introduces Architect Series® Reserve™ – our finest line of wood windows and patio doors – and expands Architect Series to include a contemporary option with sleek sightlines and minimalist design.

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Continuous Improvement
Change for the better.

Even though we've been an industry leader for more than 90 years and could relax and rest on our reputation, that's just not how we do things here at Pella. As a company, we're not content to simply build premium quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems. We're committed to building them better. Faster. Greener. And smarter.

Continuous improvement in action
Pella's continuous improvement methods are based on Kaizen Methodology. These events help our company accomplish change rapidly. Here's how it all works: a cross- functional team meets for a one-week continuous improvement event to study an issue, explore options and implement improvements. The goal of the event is to take time and cost out of a process, while improving overall quality and productivity.

A company-wide commitment
Pella Corporation uses continuous improvement processes in all departments – from designing our products to manufacturing, marketing and servicing them. Continuous improvement engages and involves Pella Corporation's employees, and helps them better understand their role as team members in satisfying customers. Pella Corporation introduced continuous improvement processes in 1993. Since that time, Pella Corporation has conducted more than 9,600 continuous improvement events and involved more than 62,000 team members – inside and outside the company, in its continuous improvement initiatives.

How our customers benefit
One example of the way continuous improvement has improved our processes is the implementation of "just in time" (JIT) manufacturing – meaning that Pella Corporation does not carry a large inventory of products in stock. Instead, we build them "just in time" to meet our customers needs. This reduces costs – savings we pass on to you.

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