Viracon Celebrates 40th Anniversary
April 23, 2010

After partnering with more 15,000 architects and glazing contractors to supply more than 700 million square

Employees at Viracon celebrate the groundbreaking of the company by forming the shape of a “V” 40 years ago on April 23, 1970.

feet of glass to more than 140,000 buildings around the world, Viracon is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The company opened its doors in Owatonna, Minn., in 1970 with 20 customer service-focused employees as a local Midwest glass fabricator. Forty years later, dedication to customer satisfaction, innovation and quality has made Viracon one of the largest architectural glass fabricators in the country.

Carolyn VonRuden, inside sales representative, has been with Viracon for 40 years, after joining the company’s customer service staff in 1970. She reflects on her many years with the company, recalling,“We started out as a family-type atmosphere and that feeling still exists 40 years later. But it’s our customers that make working at Viracon special. We still work with many of the same companies we did 40 years ago, and we celebrate their successes like they were our own. It’s like they are our extended family.”

Innovation has been a key component in the company’s history, and it has focused on offering customers custom fabricated glass solutions with a focus on high-performance coated glass. In the past 12 years, the company has also added new fabrication facilities in Statesboro, Ga., and St. George, Utah, to expand its market capacity.
From its modest Midwestern start, Viracon has grown to become one of the premier glazing fabricators in the world. In fact, the company has supplied glass to five of the world’s 10 tallest buildings and worked on groundbreaking projects from The New York Times building, the Pentagon, One World Trade Center and Cowboys Stadium.

Throughout the wide variety of projects over the years, Viracon’s has aimed to remain focused on its customers. “Viracon’s 40 years of success was created by a dedicated team of employees, block and tackling every day to serve the needs of our customers,” says founder and current board member James L. Martineau.

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