Alside Celebrates 65 Years of Excellence
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Alside, a leading manufacturer and distributor of residential vinyl windows and siding products, is celebrating 65 years of excellence in the home improvement and new construction industries. Founded in 1947, Alside has been a market leader for more than six decades.
Jerome J. Kaufman, founder of Alside, introduced the world’s first residential baked enamel aluminum siding in 1947. Since then, Alside has expanded to produce and distribute vinyl windows, vinyl siding, vinyl fencing and other exterior building products through 100 company-owned Alside Supply Centers and a large network of independent distributors nationwide. Products are sold via these wholesale channels to professional remodeling companies, contractors and builders.
“Alside is dedicated to advancing innovative exterior building products for the residential marketplace,” said Jerry Burris, president and chief executive officer for Associated Materials Incorporated (AMI), parent company of Alside. “This dedication is illustrated in the growth and success we’ve experienced throughout our 65 years. It is a proud legacy, and we are fortunate and honored to carry it forward.”
“Alside is a company that not only survived but prospered over the last 65 years because of their determination and resiliency,” said founding family-member Donald L. Kaufman. “I feel honored to have spent 46 years there as an executive and CEO.”
Milestones include: Opening the first Alside Supply Center in 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Becoming a public company in 1960; Production of its first replacement window in 1980; Introduction of Charter Oak(®) premium vinyl siding in 1996 and production of its 5-millionth window that same year; Recognition as the ENERGY STAR(®) National Window Partner of the Year in 2002 for the third consecutive year; Opening its 100(th) Alside Supply Center in 2012, also in Pittsburgh, Pa.
To commemorate the 65(th) anniversary, Alside will hold a weeklong celebration beginning Monday, August 6, at its headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Key events will include a United Way Day of Action on Monday and a celebration with corporate employees and retirees on Thursday, August 9. This event will include food and refreshments, as well as the opening of the new AMI Legacy Center featuring a large Alside “timeline” wall graphic and a variety of company memorabilia.
In addition, guest speakers will include Mr. Jerry Burris, Mr. Donald L. Kaufman and Don L. Robart, Mayor of Cuyahoga Falls. The event will culminate with award presentations to select employees recognizing their above-and-beyond contributions to the company. Employee and customer events will also be held during the month of August throughout AMI’s manufacturing facilities and the Alside Supply Center organization.
Founded in 1947, Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets. With headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Alside parent company Associated Materials Incorporated has approximately 3,500 employees across the United States and Canada. Alside products are distributed to professional remodeling contractors and home builders through a network of 100 company-owned Alside Supply Centers and select independent distributors across the United States.
Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry and is a charter member of the Vinyl Siding Institute, the American Association of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and an ENERGY STAR(®) partner. For additional information on Alside products, please visit www.alside.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/alside.
Sister companies Gentek Building Products and Revere Building Products – with manufacturing and distribution in the United States and Canada – are also operated by parent company AMI.
R/P Marketing Public Relations
Vice President, Marketing