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. Today, Andersen Corporation is an international enterprise employing over 9,000 people at more than 20 locations with headquarters in Bayport, Minnesota, a 2.8 million-square-foot facility that covers 65 acres. Andersen annually manufactures more than six million wood windows and doors, with sales worldwide.
1905: Andersen originates 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 site in as little as ten minutes. It was nicknamed the Ten Minute Window.
1932: The Andersen® master casement window becomes the first completely assembled window unit in the industry — sash, frame and hardware. It quickly becomes an industry classic.
1952: Andersen begins fitting its windows with a first-of-its-kind new Welded Insulating Glass to provide protection against condensation and frost. It also eliminates the need for a removable storm panel.
1966: The Perma-Shield® Cladding System makes its debut. The patented, tough vinyl exterior for wood windows is developed with the help of Italian inventor, Luigi Zanini. The low-maintenance, vinyl-cladding system revolutionized the window industry and created an entire category of wood windows: clad-window.
1991: Development of Fibrex® material: a revolutionary composite made of wood fiber, reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing, and vinyl. Among its features are resistance to rotting, excellent insulation and low thermal expansion rate in extreme temperatures.
1995: Renewal by Andersen is founded — a subsidary that offers a fresh approach to window replacement by serving "do-it-for-me" homeowners who want simple, reliable solutions for replacing old windows with low-maintenance, energy-efficient, custom-made windows.
2003: Andersen Corporation celebrates 100 years in business and launches its 100 Years/100 Homes project with Habitat for Humanity pledging to build 100 homes over 5 years - a $5 million commitment.