The Pella Story

The Pella Story

A promise reflected in every window 1925. The Promise Is Born.In 1925, Pete and Lucille Kuyper from the small Dutch community of Pella, Iowa, 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.

The Promise Today

  • Pella Corporation is still owned by the Kuyper family and professionally managed
  • We’re now the 2nd largest manufacturer of windows, patio doors, entry doors and storm doors in the country
  • Pella has been awarded more than 100 product and design patents
  • We have 12 manufacturing facilities
  • There are more than 200 Window and Door Showrooms
  • Pella employs 8,200 team members

Our Promise of Purposeful Innovation From its founding, Pella has always been about bringing you innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape — they make life easier with meaningful details that matter every day.

Our Promise Of Continuous Improvement At Pella, we’re not content to rest on our reputation as an industry leader. Constantly striving to make our products, service, and company better is business as usual.

Practical problem-solving 

From our company’s founding, Pella has been a leader in technology and product innovation. In fact, we’ve been awarded more than 100 product and design patents. Products and features now commonplace throughout the window industry — like the tilt-wash double-hung window — were invented by Pella engineers.

It’s in our DNA

Pella’s Dutch heritage spurred our company’s commitment to practical, commonsense innovation. You won’t find Pella developing technology for technology’s sake. We are dedicated to building products that make every day easier for you by eliminating life’s little nuisances. Like the chore of storing window screens. Constantly dusting your window blinds. Or climbing ladders to clean second-story windows.

From our products to our processes

The word innovative describes more than just Pella’s products. From the continuous improvement methods used in building your windows and doors — to the way you can shop for them at 200 Pella Window and Door Showrooms — to even the way we install them in your home. Innovation at Pella is everyone’s job. And responsibility. After all, we take our mission to heart — building windows and doors that improve your life. And the home where you live it.

Change for the better.

Even though we’ve been an industry leader for more than 85 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 company-wide commitment

Pella Corporation uses continuous improvement processes in all departments — from designing our products to manufacturing, marketing and servicing them. Continuous improvement engages and involves Pella Corporation’s employees, and 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 products in stock. Instead, we build them “just in time” to meet our customers needs. This reduces costs — savings we pass on to you.

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