Our History

Alumicor Limited is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG), a leading provider of architectural products and services for enclosing buildings, and glazing products for framing art. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Apogee’s portfolio of industry-leading products and services includes high-performance architectural glass, windows, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems, integrated project management and installation services, as well as value-added glass and acrylic for custom picture framing and displays.

All of Apogee’s businesses have a shared ambition to deliver superior results, guided by a customer-first approach, and backed up by the financial and operational strength of an industry leader. We aim higher, think bigger, and strive to create peak value in everything we do.

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Here are some highlights of our history:

1959 From its origins as Devonshire & Associates, Alumicor Limited is founded by George Devonshire (1923-2012), Olindo Sauro (1922–1978) and a silent investment partner, moving from George’s garage to a small facility on Birchmount Road in Scarborough, Ontario. Commercial entrance framing and storefronts are the specialty.
1967 Alumicor strikes a deal making the company the sole Canadian distributor of DeVac® windows of Minneapolis, entering the high-performance window retro-fit market.
1969 Alumicor moves to a new 30,000-square-foot facility on Commander Blvd. in Agincourt, Ontario, and becomes the sole Canadian distributor for Mapes panels of Lincoln, Nebraska.
1969-1976 Alumicor becomes the leading manufacturer/installer of high-performance retro-fit windows in eastern Canada with such notable projects as the Royal York Hotel, St. John’s Courthouse and Le Chateau Frontenac. The Luxport patio door series is developed.
1976 Winnipeg, Manitoba, facility opens. Alumicor acquires interest in Alumanode, a then state-of-the-art hard-colour anodizing company in the west end of Toronto.
1977-1978 Alumicor acquires full proprietorship of Alumanode from Jack Fuller. Door and vent fabrication, as well as “dealer products,” moves to 33 Racine Road. The sliding window fabrication and “contracts division” remains at Commander Blvd.
1978-1984 Alumicor continues to grow, developing new window systems, introducing its first curtainwall and skylight systems. Alumicor is acquired by the Janin Group and the Atlantic facility in Bedford, Nova Scotia, is opened.
1985 A fabrication and warehouse facility for the contracts division opens in Red Deer, Alberta.
1988 Alumicor is purchased by a group of investors led by its founder, George Devonshire. Drive-through window products are developed.
1992 The facility on Commander Blvd. in Agincourt closes. Sliding window production moves to Bedford, Nova Scotia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1995 Montreal, Quebec, facility opens.
1993 – 1998 The SV2000 specialty operating window is introduced. With a considerable investment, the anodizing process switches from hard-colour to the more environmentally friendly two-step process. Manufacturing and warehouse expands to additional facilities next door at 37 Racine Road.
2000 The BF2000 unitized curtainwall is launched and Alumicor pursues contract work primarily in the U.S. market. The 3400 Series storefront is introduced, incorporating a polyamide thermal break and replacing the 850 Series poured-and-debridged storefront framing system 2003 – Alumicor introduces the Phantom Vent and launches its initial website. A unitized curtainwall fabrication and assembly plant on Martingrove Road is established.
2003-2006 Alumicor is recognized as one of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.”
2004 Alumicor builds the first “Phantom Door”.
2007 The company is purchased by an investment fund.
2008 The ThermaWall 2600, Alumicor’s first fully thermally separated curtainwall system. is introduced. All Alumicor product families are assigned names in addition to their numeric designations.
2009 The UniVent 1350 Series projecting operable windows and the TerraPorte 7600 Series terrace doors are launched.
2011 Alumicor exits the fabricated/installed unitized curtainwall market. Four locations in Ontario are consolidated into two.
2013 Alumicor is acquired by Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s family of companies.
2014 The ThermaPorte 7700 Series thermally broken door is introduced.
2016 The RainBlade Series of window systems is launched.
2018 The ThermaWall XTRM2600 unitized curtainwall system is introduced.
2020-2021 Alumicor, Linetec and Tubelite align as one business unit within the Apogee family.