Allsco Founder Passes Away
Donald Lahanky, former president, CEO and founder of Allsco Windows & Doors Ltd., died last week after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away at home on February 14 with his family at his side. He was 88.
Started in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1976, Allsco grew to become a leading manufacturer and wholesale distributor of windows, doors, shutters and siding serving Atlantic Canada. With more than 200,000 square feet of operations, the multi-million dollar business employed as many as 200 people. In 2010, Allsco became part of The Atis Group of companies, which currently owns and operates 10 window and door plants across Canada.
A hardworking entrepreneur, Lahansky’s business endeavors also included a successful real estate development company, Atlantic Commercial Properties. In recognition of his various business accomplishments, the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce awarded Lahansky with its inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year for Excellence, in addition to its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lahansky immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in 1949. Proud of his Ukrainian heritage, he was bestowed the prestigious "Nation Building Award" by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation in 1999 for his work in the Ukraine, which included building a church in the village where he was raised.
A generous philanthropist, he was also involved with many local charities.
"My father was a great man respected by so many," said his youngest son, current president of Allsco. "He was my father and so much more: a hardworking immigrant who did it all and earned his claim to success both in business and family. Don was a benevolent man of enviable integrity, and in addition to creating hundreds of jobs, he was a true community giver. It was in the act of his ample giving that he found the Lord's way of receiving. As a pioneer in the aluminum and vinyl building products industry for over 50 years, his vision made him a true industry leader and he will be sadly missed by all."