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Pella (company)

Pella Corporation
Type Private
Industry Windows and Doors
Founded Des Moines, Iowa (1925)
Founders Pete and Lucille Kuyper
Headquarters Pella, Iowa, United States
Key people Pat Meyer, President and CEO
Employees 6,000 (7/2013)[1]
Pella showroom, Plymouth, Michigan

Pella Corporation is a privately held window and door manufacturing company headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and with manufacturing and sales operations in a number of locations in the United States.

The company was founded in 1925 when Peter Kuyper and his wife Lucille invested $5,000 to buy the Rolscreen Company, a small business that had created the Rolscreen insect window screen that rolls out of sight when not in use.[2] In 1926 they moved the company to Pella, Iowa, where the Kuyper family had a lumber business. The company developed into one of the largest window manufacturers in the United States. The company changed its name to Pella Corporation in 1992. [3][4][5] In 2007, Pella Corporation, which had historically focused on the residential construction sector, bought Efco Corp., a manufacturer of commercial windows in Monett, Missouri.[6][7]

Sales profile

In 1992, Pella entered the national retail market with windows and patio doors, adding select lumberyard distribution in 1994. In 2001, Pella introduced Pella Design Centers to mainstream market customers, as a “store-within-a-store inside Lowe’s stores and staffed by Lowe's employees.[8]

Pella earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy‚ (DOE) Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in 2009 and 2010.[9] Pella Corporation earned an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year 2013 award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about them.[9]

2002–2004 Dodge Caravan from Pella.

Pella has been an Energy Star partner since 1999.[9] Pella is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC),[10] the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)[11] and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).[12]

A collection of historical Rolscreen Company/Pella Corporation records is available for research use at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Charitable activities

The Kuyper Rolscreen Charitable Trust was established in 1952 by Pete and Lucille Kuyper. It was reorganized in 1968 as the Pella Rolscreen Foundation. The foundation's primary focus was supporting education, community betterment and giving; matching Gifts was added in 1984.[13] Kuyper was also active in supporting education, especially Central College in Pella.


  1. ^ Pella Pressroom - About Pella Corporation, 2010, retrieved 2010-12-03 
  2. ^ U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  3. ^ Matthew Swibel, "Too Much of a Good Thing?, Forbes, May 23, 2005.
  4. ^ Stuart Rauh, "Iowa Icon: Pete Kuyper’s idea changed the future of his hometown." WHO-TV, February 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Pella Corporation History, (accessed 2013-07-31).
  6. ^ " Efco in Monett acquired by Pella", Joplin Globe, August 30, 2007.
  7. ^ "Glass Industry Responds to EFCO Sale", US Glass News Network, September 4, 2007.
  8. ^ Pella Pressroom - About Pella Corporation, 2010, retrieved 2010-11-11 
  9. ^ a b c U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR website
  10. ^ United States Green Building Council
  11. ^ American Architectural Manufacturers Association
  12. ^ Window and Door Manufacturers Association
  13. ^ Pella Rolscreen Foundation History, retrieved 2010-11-11 

External links

  • Pella Corporation website
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