JELD-WEN was founded in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees. Founder and shareholder, Dick Wendt, wanted a name without conventions such as a city name or a specific product reference, because he didn’t want to limit the companies potential for growth. Drawing from a treasured childhood memory, Wendt recalled that his father had bought a small Iowa farm in the early 1930s so that the entire Wendt family would have a productive relaxing place to live during the Depression. When the family held a contest to name the farm, the winning entry was JELD-WEN Acres. It was an acronym for the names of Wendt’s immediate family. “J” is for Jewel, Wendt’s sister; “E” is for Evelyn, his mother; “L” is for Lester; and finally “D” for Dick. The “Wen” is a shortened version of Wendt.
Today, JELD-WEN has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. But we haven’t forgotten about the humble roots and family values that this company was founded on. To learn more about JELD-WEN’s history, visit www.jeld-wen.ca
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