History of Winco

 

A FAMILY CONCERN SINCE 1931

 

Johann Otto Kubatzky a German immigrant and an architect by trade, founded The Winco Ventilator Company in 1931 near St. Louis, Missouri. Initially the company manufactured aluminum ventilators in stock sizes made for use in glass block walls for home and commercial use. These were first sold to builders and glazers in St. Louis and surrounding areas. 

The first patent for a "window and wall ventilator with a privacy panel" was filed that same year. Otto retired twenty years later when the company was taken over by his two sons, Theodore and Woodrow, whose youngest daughter, Kory, today owns the company with her siblings and their children. Kory Miller is married to Gantt Miller, Winco Chairman, who like Otto, is an architect by trade. Kory became Winco CEO upon Woodrow's death in 1980. Gantt succeeded her as CEO six years later.

 

 

WINCO: A COMPANY TIMELINE

 

1931

Company founded near St. Louis by J. Otto Kubatzky

 

1931

First patent: a ventilator with privacy panel

 

1939

Developed first 4" deep projected ventilator for glass block walls

 

1942

First patented window and wall ventilators

 

1944

First patented window ventilator for casements

 

1950

Patented combined window latches and connectors

 

1964

Winco is charter member of AAMA

 

EARLY 1950S

Developed complete line of projected ventilator windows and expanded distribution

 

LATE 1950S

Introduced crank-out casements, expanded offerings to include hung windows,  and pour-and-debridge thermal break windows

 

LATE 1960S

Computerized order entry data to determine components and fabrication process for window manufacturing

 

EARLY 1980S

Developed lines of sliding windows, screens, and acquired a break metal and rolling/bending operation

 

1983

Winco moved into its present expanded facility at 6200 Maple Avenue in University City neighborhood

 

1985

Built AAMA-certified window testing chamber

 

1987

Opened state-of-the-art aluminum anodizing facility (Architectural Metals Inc.)

 

1990

Developed first triple-glazed internal mini-blind window

 

1992

Added second test chamber for AMMA-certified testing

 

1994

Installed computerized order tracking system

 

1995

Introduced AW-65 4" double hung (highest industry rated); began in-house large missile impact hurricane window testing

 

1996

Upgraded pour-and-debridge process with major equipment investment

 

1997

Introduced AW rated single hung and single slider that nest with double hung and double slider windows -- all with internal blinds

 

1997

Completed computer network integration of fabrication, estimating, detailing and website

 

 

1998

Final assembly plant space expanded by 1,500 sq. ft.; engineering reference manual made available on CD

 

1999

Major receiving area expansion (4,500 sq. ft.) adds two docks and storage space

 

2,000

In-house glass optimization system added for IG and single glaze units in 2,025 sq. ft.  plant addition; 3,900 sq. ft. added for trim and shipping departments

 

2000

Paint ovens and sprayers installed for small jobs and touch-up

 

2002

Zero sightline, store front and curtain wall vents developed with AW-70 ratings

 

2002

4-1/2" window depths available in all configurations

 

2005

Installed batch Kynar paint line, glass tempering oven, in-house glass lamination, Lexan test wall for AAMA certification testing; began manufacturing IG units

 

2009

Introduced vented historical replacement window (Series 3250) that replicates steel projected windows

 

2010

Introduced industry's first operating tornado-rated windows passing 200 mph missile test