VKR Holding A/S


Headquarters: Hoersholm, Denmark

Product Lines:  Skylights and roof windows. Wood, aluminum and vinyl windows and patio doors. Solar water heating systems.

Employees: 14,900

Web Sites:  www.veluxusa.com,  www.gienow.com, www.loewen.com, www.vkr-holding.com

2013 Top 100 Sales Range Category: More than $1 Billion

General Information: Based in Denmark, VKR is the parent company of the Velux Group. The manufacturer of skylight and roof window products employs about 10,000 people and operates manufacturing operations in 11 countries, including the U.S., where it has a plant in Greenwood, S.C.

In addition to Velux, VKR owns three Canadian window and door manufacturers. In 2010, VKR added Loewen, which produces Douglas fir and mahogany windows and doors targeted at the luxury home market at its 567,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Alberta, Canada. Acquired in 2009, Gienow Windows & Doors is based in Calgary, where it operates a 350,000-square-foot plant that produces wood and vinyl windows. Acquired as part of the Gienow Group, Award Windows operates a 75,000-square-foot plant in Edmonton, Alberta, and specializes in triple-glazed, high performance vinyl windows. Both Loewen and Gienow have previously been Top 100 Manufacturers in their own right.

In Europe, VKR’s Dovista Group of window and door manufacturing companies primarily makes wood and wood/aluminum products. The group consists of 10 companies operating manufacturing plants in Denmark, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK. Dovista brands include Velfac, Rationel Vinduer, SP Fönster, Traryd Fönster, Mockfjärds Fönster, West Port, the Natre Group, O.H. Industri and Snidex. VKR also owns a number of manufacturers involved in solar and thermal energy products, screens and blinds, and ventilation products. VKR reported total 2011 sales of about $3.2 billion, up 4.5 percent from 2010.


Skylight manufacturing operations at a Velux plant in Europe

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