The Pella Story

From its founding, Pella has always been about bringing you innovative windows and doors that help make life easier.

Pella's Rich Heritage
A promise reflected in every window.

In the small Dutch Community of Pella, Iowa in 1925, Pete and Lucille Kuyper 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.

Today, Pella Corporation is still owned by the Kuyper family, and continues to be a leader in technology and product innovation.  In fact, we've been awarded more than 150 product and design patents.  And the team at Pella is 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 Rolscreen® window screens that roll up and down like a shade.

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.

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.

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.

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

1992 – Pella® 450 Series wood windows and patio 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 – 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 doors 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 HurricanShield® windows and doors meet tough standards for impact resistance.

2002 – Pella debuts the sliding glass patio door with Rolscreen retractable screen.

2003 – Pella® Impervia® windows and patio doors are launched – made with Duracast® fiberglass composite.

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 VividView® 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 tile 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 hinged patio doors featuring performance levels up to PG55 plus a lower sill height of 1.5 inches.

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.

2011 – Pella introduces three new entry door lines – Architect Series® featuring premium grained fiberglass or wood panels; Pella fiberglass panels; and Encompass by Pella® fiberglass or steel panels.  Both the Architect Series and Pella entry doors feature the new PerformaSeal design.  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 paint finishes to choose from.

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 adds Architect Series Contemporary windows and patio doors with sleek sightlines and minimalist design.

 

 

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