History of Kawneer

From humble beginnings in a sheet metal shop in Kansas City and its first patent in 1906, Kawneer has grown and continued to carry the torch of its founder, Francis Plym; having been awarded over 400 patents, with more pending.

1906

The first Kawneer Plant in Niles, Michigan (1907)

 

 

1906
Inventions & Patents

 

 

1920
Easyset Sash
First Use Of Aluminum In Architectural Products

1920
1930

 

 

1930
Sash & Bar
Free wheeling bicycle

 

1940
The War Years
The PostWar Era
Kawneer Store Fronts of
Tomorrow Competition
Anodized Aluminum Finishes
Stock Door

1940
1950

 

1950
First butt-joint welded door
Kawneer Company Canada, Limited is formed
First unitized curtain wall
Narrow Line Framing
Concealed Overhead Door closer

1960
Core Wall Framing System
Dual Moment Corner Construction
Pressure Equalization Sliding
Mall Fronts Ventrow®
Concealed Ventilator Entara®
Entrance

1960
1970

 

 

1970
Seamless Mullion
I-Line® Framing
Insulclad® Entrance

1980
Paneline® Entrance
Barrier Free Entrances
Tuffline® Entrance
Trusswall® IsoLock™
Thermal Break Technology

1980
1990

 

1990
GLASSvent™
IsoStrut® Thermal Break

 

 

2000
The year 2000 and Beyond
100 Years of Innovation

2000