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JELD-WEN was founded in 1960 when American entrepreneur Richard Wendt bought an Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees. Today the company spans across 22 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. JELD-WEN is comprised of approximately 150 divisions employing more than 20,000 people.
In 2010, JELD-WEN celebrated its first 50 years of business with employee and local community events hosted around the world.
JELD-WEN began almost a century after the first of the Wendt family's ancestors left Mecklenburg, Germany for a new life in the new world. So it was perhaps only natural that JELD-WEN should eventually make the hop back over the Atlantic. JELD-WEN entered the European market in 1993. Since then JELD-WEN has grown to encompass brands across the continent. In 2006, JELD-WEN bought Danish-based Vest Wood, one of Europe's leading door manufacturers.
From 2012, all JELD-WEN Europe products will be promoted and sold under or close connected to the JELD-WEN brand. Previously JELD-WEN Europe has been known under a variety of local brand names: Swedoor in Scandinavia, Dana in Austria, Kellpax in Switzerland, and as Moralt, Wirus and Kilsgaard in Germany.