JELD-WEN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of reliable windows and doors. The company was founded by Richard ”Dick” Wendt, an entrepreneur at heart, who learned the art of managing a manufacturing company under the tutelage of his father, Caradco executive Lester Wendt. In 1957, Iowa-based Caradco sent Dick to Oregon to help run the company’s millwork plant in Klamath Falls. Caradco decided to sell the plant at auction. Dick and four business partners, Larry Wetter, John Biehn, Gerry Wickersham, and Bill Taylor bought many of the assets on October 25, 1960 and named the new company JELD-WEN.
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Today JELD-WEN employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide and has manufacturing and distribution locations across the United States and in more than 20 countries.
JELD-WEN began in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees.
JELD-WEN has been active in the communities where company operations exist. In 1969, the company began making contributions to the JELD-WEN Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the communities where JELD-WEN employees live. In the U.S., the JELD-WEN Foundation contributes to the United Way, which provides college scholarships and grants for worthwhile community projects.
JELD-WEN’s secret to longer-lasting wood windows and doors is an exclusive manufacturing process that protects against wood rot, water saturation, and termites. This process is how they make AuraLast Wood.