Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

Product Lines:  Vinyl windows and doors for the new construction, replacement and impact markets. Commercial windows, doors, curtainwall and entrances, including blast and impact products.

Employees: 17,000

Web Sites:  www.ykkap.com

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

General Information: A major global producer of commercial and residential windows and doors, and one of the largest architectural products companies in the world, YKK reports annual sales of $6.1 billion worldwide, with its architectural products business accounting for slightly more than half the total. The company has operations in Japan, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

It established YKK AP America Inc. in 1991, initially focusing on the commercial market. It produces storefronts, entrances, curtain walls, windows, balcony doors and other products in Dublin, Ga. The company started a residential business targeting the Southeast market in 2007. Residential products, including the StyleView line of new construction vinyl windows and doors, and the Precedence line of replacement windows, are produced and distributed from its first U.S. residential plant located in Macon, Ga. Since its launch, YKK AP America continues its track record of continuous growth in its residential division, achieving double-digit increases in both revenue and number of units manufactured, officials report.

Contributions to growth included the launch of a new exterior acrylic laminate finish for the StyleView family of windows, geographic expansion and dealer development programs. Based on past growth, the residential plant expanded its operations, shifts and workforce in 2012. Future growth plans include further territory expansion, continuous R&D and product development to support increasing market demand for high thermal performance, the addition of another full scale automated window production line, and expanded IG glass production capability. With 17,000 employees globally, YKK AP reports that it employs between 500 and 1,000 people in the U.S. 

YKK’s manufacturing plant in Dublin, Ga.


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