EFCO Honors Passing of Co-Founder William Terry Fuldner at 82
September 9, 2010

EFCO, a Pella Company, mourns the loss of its co-founder, William Terry Fuldner, who passed away September 8, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 82, after a brief illness.

“Terry Fuldner was a real innovator known for his longtime leadership in the industry as he guided EFCO through its tremendous growth from a startup to an influential industry leader,” said EFCO president and chief operating officer Mike Farquhar. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fuldner family as the EFCO team reflects on Terry’s tremendous impact on the commercial fenestration industry over his lifetime.”

George Eberle and Fuldner founded the company as EFCO Product Company in 1951; it was incorporated as EFCO Corporation in 1953. Fuldner guided EFCO as president and chief executive officer (CEO) for many years, until he became the longtime chairman of the board once he stepped back from day-to-day management of the privately-held company. Fuldner’s son Chris carried on the family’s legacy leading EFCO as CEO until he retired in 2007 and the company was acquired by Pella Corporation.

“Dad was an industry pioneer who made a major difference in the industry, building EFCO’s business in the process. He was a character who loved life and will truly be missed by his friends and business associates,” Chris Fuldner said.

Terry Fuldner spearheaded EFCO’s longtime leadership in the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, which his son Chris went on to chair from 2003-2005. Fuldner was also inducted into the USGlass magazine Glass & Metal Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2003 EFCO celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Services for Terry Fuldner are pending. The Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, located at 216 Second Street, Monett, MO 65708, is handling arrangements. Their phone number is: 417/235-3141. Condolences may be made online at:  www.bennettwormington.com.

EFCO will post information about arrangements and memorials on its website as the details are available.

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