VEKA was founded in Germany as Vekaplast, initially producing roller shutters out of a fifteen thousand square foot rented facility. Heinrich Laumann, an original employee, purchased the company and began designing window systems, the first of which were unveiled in 1971.
Six years later, VEKA was able to build a revolutionary manufacturing site that was hailed as a technological marvel in its time. Today, 40 facilities operate on 4 continents, with additional sales offices all over the globe.
VEKA's U.S. operations had modest beginnings. The company quickly outgrew its rented facility, as the demand for VEKA high-quality vinyl products grew rapidly. In 1986, VEKA constructed the industry's first highly-automated, computer-controlled compounding and extrusion complex, dedicated solely to the window and door market in Fombell, PA, located 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. In 1988, VEKA made a commitment to install its own tool and die manufacturing department within the company. This greatly improved quality and better controlled processes.
VEKA's 21,000 square foot facility in Fombell holds wire E.D.M. technology, C.N.C milling, and robotics, all dedicated to fabricating new construction dies, calibration systems, and templates. By 1994, the facility had undergone two expansions and the addition of a two-story office building, bringing the total floor space to 465,000 square feet. In 1995, the company built VEKA West, Incorporated, a revolutionary new, highly-automated facility near Reno, Nevada, serving Canada, Mexico and the Western U.S.
In 2000, VEKA began selling VEKAdeck and added 118,000 square feet to the facility in Fombell, increasing the total footprint to almost 600,000 square feet.
In 2006, VEKA South was established in Terrell, Texas to provide the southern United States and Mexico with quality VEKA extrusions.
Despite a decade of tough housing markets in the US, VEKA globally broke one billion in sales for 2010.
2013 and 2014 provided a resurgence in the vinyl window & door market in North America. To answer the growing demand, VEKA North America's three manufacturing facilities expanded with additional floor space, compounding and extrusion capacity. VEKA celebrated a 30-year milestone in the North American market.
2018 was the year that VEKA added their fourth extrusion facility, in Morganton, North Carolina. At 163,000 feet, VEKA East can accomodate 30 extrusion lines for production of up to 50 million pounds.VEKA worldwide celebrated their 50-year anniversary in 2019.