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Jeld-Wen founder passes away at age 79


August 19, 2010
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richard_wendtAugust 17, 2010 – Jeld-Wen founder Richard (Dick) Wendt passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2010 from complications arising after a stroke. He founded the international window and door company in 1970 and expanded its North American operations in 1996. The company currently employs over 1,200 Canadians with manufacturing plants across the country.

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 Richard Wendt. 

August 17, 2010 – Jeld-Wen founder Richard (Dick) Wendt passed away on
Saturday, August 14, 2010 from complications arising after a stroke. He
founded the international window and door company in 1970 and expanded
its North American operations in 1996. The company currently employs
over 1,200 Canadians with manufacturing plants across the country.

In 1969, Dick began the Jeld-Wen Foundation to provide funding for
worthwhile endeavors in communities where Jeld-Wen has operations. To
date, the Jeld-Wen Foundation has gifted more than $80 million dollars
to worthwhile community causes.

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jeld-Wen, North American employees were
challenged to donate 50 hours of volunteer time to a local, non-profit
organization. From Habitat for Humanity builds in the East to cancer relays
in the West, Canadian operations jumped at the chance to help realize
Wendt’s vision of community giving.

“We wanted to help Dick celebrate this milestone by giving back to the
communities that have supported us,” says Chris Sheldon, Director of
Marketing for Jeld-Wen Canada. “These events align with his commitment
to helping worthwhile charities and we’re glad that Dick had a chance to
see his vision in action before his unfortunate passing.”

For more information, please visit www.jeld-wen.ca .


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