Pella sees more sales from hurricane season

Iowa-based Pella Corp. is reporting higher demand for HurricaneShield windows and other products, although the company is not making sales figures available.
“We expect sales to continue to grow as p…

Iowa-based Pella Corp. is reporting higher demand for HurricaneShield windows and other products, although the company is not making sales figures available. “We expect sales to continue to grow as people realize what Mother Nature can do,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, a Pella spokeswoman. Pella Corp. claims its HurricaneShield laminated windows can withstand winds of 141 to 184 mph (227 to 296 kmph), meeting the widely used hurricane-protection code of Dade County, Florida. The possible adoption by Louisiana of a state-wide building code after Hurricane Katrina could mean more sales for Pella Corp. Employment at Pella“s five Iowa plants has grown by about 470 in the last year, Harkema said. The company tests its products against the requirements of the Dade County code at its headquarters in Pella. A window must withstand the impact of a 6.8 Kg, 3.6 meter-long wooden lath hitting the glass at 15 meters per second. The company also employs outside testing labs, but the Pella lab helps the company produce innovations more quickly, said Ali Zarghami, test manager at Pella. “Like other companies, we“re striving to reduce the design cycle,” Zarghami said.