From its founding as a lumberyard in a Wisconsin river town, to its rise as the leader in the window and door industry, Andersen Corporation is a company where “solution” has new meaning. The Andersen story is one of change and innovation inspired by customer needs, from the company founder’s first solution to improve window assembly, to its most recent breakthroughs in technology.
Today, the Andersen® brand is the most recognized and most used brand in the fenestration market. Builders, remodelers and homeowners know it as the brand leader. Its commitment to product excellence and customer satisfaction, combined with a commitment to environmental stewardship, employee welfare and corporate citizenship, have built Andersen Corporation into the foremost manufacturer of windows and doors.
The privately-owned business was founded in 1903 by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen and his family in Hudson, Wisconsin, where logs arrived via the St. Croix River. Andersen Corporation, headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, is now an international enterprise employing more than10,000 people in locations across North America.
Andersen® Brand Clad Wood Products
The flagship Andersen brand offers three distinct window and patio door portfolios – the Andersen® 400 Series, 200 Series and 100 Series products. All lines are built, backed and serviced* with the quality and care customers expect from Andersen.
The 400 Series is the company’s classic product line, offering broad choices of highperforming products and accessories using the company’s Perma-Shield® cladding system. The 400 Series product line offers the breadth of Andersen technology and energy efficiency in a full range of standard sizes. For builders and homeowners seeking full customization, Andersen architectural windows and doors offer custom clad wood products for the residential and light commercial market segments. Andersen architectural windows offer 21 standard exterior colors plus availability of custom coloring; seven interior wood species and prefinished, painted white; a broad range of hardware options and industry-leading performance features.
The 200 Series product line also utilizes the company’s Perma-Shield cladding technology while concentrating on the most popular sizes, styles and options in a more affordable offering. The Andersen 200 Series product line offers beauty, durability and,
of course, energy efficiency.
100 Series windows and patio doors, designed for homes in the Western United States, feature environmentally responsible construction, economical pricing andenergy-saving performance. Andersen® 100 Series products are constructed using the company’s Fibrex® material technology.
*See the limited warranty for details.
Renewal by Andersen Corporation
Renewal by Andersen is the window replacement division of Andersen Corporation selling directly to consumers. Drawing on Andersen Corporation’s tradition of quality, innovation and craftsmanship, Renewal by Andersen began with the objective of
creating a different and better, start-to-finish window and door replacement experience for homeowners.
The experience begins with a complimentary in-home consultation. Renewal by Andersen helps homeowners select the perfect custom-made windows and doors for their home, and then professionally installs them for optimal performance. Its
limited warranty backs both its products and its work. Launched in 1995, there are now over 100 Renewal by Andersen retail locations across the U.S. and Canada.
EMCO Enterprises, Inc.
In May 2001, Andersen acquired EMCO Enterprises, Inc., now one of the industryleading manufacturers of storm doors and related accessories. The addition of the EMCO product line marked Andersen Corporation’s entrance into the storm door product category. The products are now sold under the Andersen® and EMCO® brands, available at a number of U.S. retailers, including The Home Depot®. EMCO is a leader in offering thermal storm doors with insulated, energy-efficient, double-pane glass.
Eagle Window & Door Manufacturing, Inc.
In May 2005, Andersen acquired Eagle Window & Door, manufacturer of aluminum clad wood windows, patio doors and entry doors for high-end residential and commercial construction projects, furthering Andersen’s capability to serve customers in this segment of the market. With 50 colors and nine different wood species available, Eagle builds custom windows that are made to order.
Silver Line Building Products LLC
In June 2006, Andersen acquired Silver Line Building Products LLC, the largest manufacturer of vinyl windows and patio doors in North America. Adding this product line to the Andersen portfolio has enabled the company to provide windows and doors for virtually any new construction or home improvement project at any price point.
Silver Line also manufactures the American Craftsman brand sold exclusively at The Home Depot.
Fibrex® Material Products
In 1994, Andersen introduced Fibrex® material, the major component of its 100 Series product line and Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. Fibrex material is a patented, revolutionary structural composite that blends the very best attributes of thermoplastics and wood fiber. Fibrex material is also featured in components of Andersen 400 Series products. Fibrex material has the strength and durability of wood, plus the maintenance ease of polymers. Independent testing has found that Fibrex material has a low thermal expansion and contraction rate, is resistant to rotting and termites and retains its rigidity and stability in the high temperatures.
Market Segments and Customers
Windows and doors within the family of Andersen brands are used in new-residential construction; home Improvement; remodeling, replacement and do-it-yourselfer projects; and in light commercial construction. Direct sales of Andersen brand products for large projects abroad is a growing business targeting large residential and light commercial developments. Andersen has built market successes in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Dubai, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.
Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability
Andersen was the first manufacturer in the industry to receive certification from Green Seal, the independent U.S. environmental labeling organization. It was one of the first window manufacturers in the ENERGY STAR® Program, a public/private initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE). Honors include the 1999 ENERGY STAR® National Window Manufacturer Partner of the Year award from DOE and the prestigious Stars of Energy Efficiency award from the Alliance to Save Energy in 1997.
Andersen won the Minnesota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention in 1997. In 2000, Andersen was accepted into the EPA's National Environmental Achievement Track program for companies that exhibit superior environmental accomplishments and commitments to future environmental improvement. After completing the three-year program in 2003, Andersen twice renewed its commitment for additional three year terms through 2006 and 2009.
In 2006 Andersen Corporation was awarded an XL Permit (which stands for eXcellence in Leadership) by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This program is granted to participants that demonstrate superior environmental performance and allows for greater regulatory flexibility. Andersen is the first company in Minnesota to be grantedan XL permit and the 13th in the United States to be accepted into the XL Program. Ultimately the process of granting the permit ensures improved environmental
performance, greater public understanding of the manufacturing facility, the removal of pollution prevention barriers and the ability to simplify regulatory reporting.
In 2007 Andersen won the Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award for the company’s new steam generating facility at the Bayport, Minnesota manufacturing plant. The award recognizes outstanding partnerships between business, government and environmental groups. The steam generating facility was commissioned by the company in 2007 and uses wood byproducts from Andersen’s manufacturing process as an energy source. It is a state-of-the-art facility that has captured attention for its innovative approach to heating and cooling the 3 million square foot manufacturing plant. The project has won a number of awards for its efficient design and operation, use of a renewable fuel source and self sustainability.
In 2008, Andersen® and Renewal by Andersen® products earned certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for recycled content and indoor air quality. Andersen’s recycled content certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry and states the minimum amount of reclaimed materials used in specific products. The SCS Indoor Advantage Gold™ certification for indoor air quality meets North America’s strictest indoor air emission criteria.
Corporate Citizenship
Dedicated to giving back to the communities where Andersen people live, work and do business, the company has a long history of philanthropy. Today’s corporate citizenship programs focus on supporting shelter, architecture and design, the building industry and community. In 2007 Andersen completed its 100 Years/100 Homes project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Launched in 2003, Andersen committed to funding and building 100 Habitat homes to commemorate the company’s 100-year milestone in the building industry. Over the next five years, Andersen built Habitat homes in 25 communities across North America. Andersen-related foundations donated $5 million to fund the homes and Andersen employees logged more than 50,000 volunteer hours building them. The final home was completed in November 2007 within walking distance of the company’s Bayport, MN headquarters.
Founded in 1941, the Andersen Corporate Foundation makes donations to hundreds of non-profit organizations annually, providing affordable housing, health and safety, education and youth development, human services and civic activities in the communities in which we do business. To date, the foundation has donated $45 million. Source: Andersen Corporation.

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