Pella's History of Innovation
History of Innovation
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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.
- 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.
- Pella® entry door systems are introduced, featuring another Pella breakthrough — Jamb-On-Sill® design.
- 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.
- The company introduces its first vinyl window and door line.
- 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.
- Pella storm doors with Rolscreen retractable screens are introduced.
- 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.
- 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. EFCO®, a Pella Company, offers windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entrance door systems though EFCO's independent representatives. Visit efcocorp.comfor more information on EFCO products.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
Even though we've been an industry leader for more than 87 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 companywide commitment
Pella Corporation uses continuous improvement processes in all departments - from designing our windows and doors to manufacturing, marketing and servicing them. Continuous improvement engages and involves Pella Corporation's employees, and it 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.
- 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 windows and doors in stock. Instead, we build them "just in time" to meet our customers' needs. This reduces costs — savings we pass on to you.