Atrium Founder Passes Away

November 29, 2011

Joe Fojtasek, founder of the companies that eventually became Atrium Windows & Doors, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at his ranch in Winchell, Texas.  Having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he was 92.

According to his obituary, Fojtasek started multiple manufacturing and distribution businesses, including Skotty Aluminium Products, H&R Windows, Extruders Inc., Arizona Distributors and Dow-Tech Plastics, beginning in 1949. He became chairman and CEO, as these companies eventually became known as The Fojtasek Cos. By 1989, the company changed its name to The Atrium Door & Window Co., and has since evolved to become one of the largest manufacturers of residential windows and doors in the United States.

Fotjasek retired from the company, but remained an active investor in real estate, oil and gas and in both public and private equities. An avid sports fan, he attended both the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks games regularly, and also invested in the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars, it is reported. He was also philanthropist and gave generously to many charities for many years, including the Crystal Charity Ball, the St. Mark's School of Texas, the Episcopal School of Dallas, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Salvation Army.