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Andersen Corporation: Standardizing Windows

March 24, 2014

Andersen Corporation traces its history over a hundred years ago in Hudson, Wisconsin, where logs arrived through the St. Croix River. On July 25, 1903, Danish immigrant Hans Andersen founded Andersen Corporation by filing the necessary incorporation papers.  Andersen originated in 1905 the “two bundle” method, which streamlines the window construction process. By standardizing sizes of frame pieces, then packaging them in separate horizontal and vertical pairs, units can be assembled on the job sites in as little as 10 minutes. It was nicknamed the 10-Minute Window.

Out of this innovation the company grew and today is an international organization with more than 9,000 people employed at over 20 locations. Company headquarters is in Bayport, Minnesota. Its 2.8 million-square-foot facility covers 65 acres. It is the leader in the window and door industry. The firm is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America.

Andersen Corporation has four major brands. The Andersen® brand is the most recognized and most used brand in the window and patio door industry. Another brand Renewal by Anderson Corporation provides reliable solutions to replacing old windows with low-maintenance, energy-efficient, custom made windows. It offers start-to-finish window renewal services in over 100 markets in the U.S. Silver Line Building Products LLC is a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and patio doors in North America. American Craftsman® vinyl windows and doors are sold exclusively at Home Depot® stores.

Through independent and company-owned distributorships (including its Andersen Logistics division), Andersen sells to homeowners, architects, builders, designers, and remodelers. The company manufactures around 12 million doors and windows each year.

The firm’s mission is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. Considering that the company is over one hundred years old it is looking forward to another hundred years. To do so means it has to take care of the resources it uses to make its industry leading windows and doors.

Andersen Corporation is owned by the Andersen family and company employees.

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