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Our story, so far.
After four decades, 100,000 buildings, and 500,000,000 square feet of glazing installed in some of the most remarkable buildings throughout the world, you learn a thing or two about what's important for each project.



Viracon Announcement- Owatonna, MN   Viracon Groundbreaking - Owatonna, MN
Viracon 800 Bldg Construction - Owatonna, MN
Viracon Announcement - Owatonna, MN   Groundbreaking and 800 Bldg Construction
Owatonna, MN
     

1970
Completed construction of Viracon's 45,000 square foot glass fabrication plant, employing twenty people. Fabricated insulating and laminated glass.

1971
Added tempering line, making Viracon the only company to house three lines under one roof.

1979
Added second laminating line.

1984
Expanded 53,000 square feet to house an upgraded horizontal tempering line and warehouse space.

     
Viracon 300 Bldg Construction - Owatonna, MN   Viracon Laminating Line Employees - Owatonna, MN
300 Bldg Construction - Owatonna, MN   Laminating Line Employees - Owatonna, MN
     

Since 1970, when Viracon was established with 20 employees by founder James L. Martineau, Viracon has expanded its facilities to perform more glass fabricating processes at a single site than any other fabricator in the world.

1985
Expanded laminating line, constructed an automated glass cutting line and expanded office space.

1986
Completed construction of a 48,000 square foot coatings facility launching Viracon into the high-performance glass coatings market. Expanded tempering line.

1987
Added 71,000 square feet for warehouse space.

1988
Added 57,000 square feet for a new tempering line and office space.

1991
Added 63,000 square feet through an acquisition to house Viracon's research and development department, an indoor firing range and warehouse space.

     
Viracon Ariel View of Viracon Campus - Owatonna, MN   Viracon Groundbreaking - Statesboro, GA
Aerial View of Viracon Campus - Owatonna, MN   Groundbreaking - Statesboro, GA
     

1992
Expanded the coatings facility to 45,000 square feet to add another coating line.

1994
Completed construction of another 138,000 square feet for new tempering and insulating lines, expanded the coatings facility and added two security product laminating lines.

1996
Planned expansion of 128,500 square feet to add another automated insulating line, cutting line, Silk-Screening line, and more warehouse space.

1998
Completed construction of new 330,000 square foot full production fabrication facility in Statesboro, Georgia.

2001
Acquired a 157,000 square foot office and warehouse facility in Owatonna, Minnesota. Added a silk-screening line and CNC hole-drilling, edge-polishing and shape-cutting equipment.

     
Viracon Statesboro   Viracon Statesboro Employees - Statesboro, GA
Statesboro Plant Construction   Statesboro Employees - Statesboro, GA
     

For more than 2,500 architects and designers, Viracon is a prime single-source resource for not only fabrication but for consulting and technical help as well. Every day, customers rely on us for design assistance, budget costing, ROI costing, quoting, specification writing and review, project coordination, job site inspections, product performance information and detailed technical assistance for our entire line of innovative glass.

2002
Added automatic seaming for improved glass edge quality, and edge-polishing equipment.

2003
Added heat-soaking equipment making Viracon the only company to publish a warranty for glass breakage with heat-soaked glass.

2004
Added CNC hole-drilling equipment to accommodate the growth in structural wall applications.

     
Viracon Viracon Facility - Statesboro, GA   Viracon Groundbreaking - St. George, UT
Viracon Facility - Statesboro, GA   Groundbreaking - St. George, UT
     

2005
Added 65,000 square feet to the Statesboro, GA, facility for expanded coating, insulating, and silk-screening capabilities.

Added three new tempering furnaces and a silk-screening line to the Owatonna, MN facility.

2006
Added a tempering line to Statesboro, GA facility and expanded Owatonna, MN facility with insulating and coating capacity.

2007
Completed construction of new 210,000 square foot full production fabrication facility in St. George, Utah. There are two insulating lines, a tempering line, laminating line, coating line and a silk-screening line.

Updated the Owatonna, MN facility with a new tempering & cutting line, added heat soak capacity, new special fabrication equipment and an over-sized insulating line.

     
Viracon Ribbon cutting ceremony - St. George, UT   Viracon St. George Facility - St. George, UT
Ribbon cutting ceremony - St. George, UT   St. George Facility - St. George, UT
     

2008
Added a new tempering line to the St. George, UT facility and a new silk-screen line to the Statesboro, GA facility.

2010
Acquired 100 percent of the stock of Glassec Vidros de Seguranca Ltda, the leading architectural glass fabricator in Brazil, now named Glassec Viracon. The operation produces laminated, insulating, tempered, heat strengthened and silk-screened glass. The 100,000 square foot facility is located in Nazaré Paulista and employs 250 employees.

     
Glassec Viracon Facility - Nazaré Paulista, Brazil   Glassec Viracon Employees
Glassec Viracon Facility - Nazaré Paulista, Brazil   Glassec Viracon Employees
 

Today, Viracon has grown to become an international market-leader as a key subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).