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Apogee Enterprises celebrates its 75th anniversary

July 12, 2024, Apogee Enterprises, Inc. will mark its 75th anniversary with celebrations across its locations. Founded as the Harmon Glass Company on July 12, 1949, the company began with a single shop in Minneapolis. From this humble beginning, the Company has built a record of growth and innovation, emerging as a leader in its industry. Today, Apogee has 4,400 employees, operating from 15 principal facilities in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.

The Company’s architectural products can be found on monumental skyscrapers, medical clinics, schools and other buildings across the world. Through its Tru Vue® brand, the Company provides high-performance glass and acrylic products used in custom picture framing, museums and other applications. Apogee’s ideas, innovation and service add value, enhance aesthetics, improve energy efficiency and ensure performance for its customers.

“75 years is a remarkable milestone, that few companies achieve, and speaks to the resilience, ingenuity, and innovation of the people that have built our company,” said Ty R. Silberhorn, Chief Executive Officer. “I’d like to extend my thanks to all of Apogee’s employees, past and present, who have contributed to our company’s success over the years.”

Initially, Harmon Glass replaced wind-shields for used car dealers and then began offering contract glass installation for buildings in 1955. Apogee Enterprises, Inc. was formed in 1968, as the company expanded into multiple business lines. In 1971, Apogee became a publicly traded company, listing shares on the over-the-counter exchange and has continued to grow through acquisitions and organic growth investments, reaching USD 1.4 billion in sales in 2023.

Throughout the years, Apogee’s businesses and brands have frequently been recognized for their innovation and success. The Harmon® brand is ranked as the largest contract glazing company in North America. The Viracon® brand is recognized as an industry-leading architectural glass fabricator. Architectural Framing Systems brands, Alumicor™, EFCO®, Linetec® and Tubelite® set the standard for quality, reliability and customer service, and the Tru Vue brand is a leading provider of optical coatings for glass and acrylic.

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