Top Door Manufacturers
A Look at North America’s Top Door Companies
Following a bumpy ride (make that a roller coaster) that
has lasted over the course of several years, forecasters predict that
the housing market is finally on an upward trend. This has companies reporting
cautious optimism in 2013. However, no one is popping the champagne cork
This month, DWM publishes its first-ever list of
Top Door Manufacturers. The ranking is primarily based on annual sales.
If a company did not report this information, DWM provided an estimate
based on published information and conversations with industry experts.
While the majority of companies on our list did release their annual sales
to us, or at least a range of where they would fall, a few were so reserved
they wouldn’t divulge any sales figures or even tell us their number of
The list is reserved for those companies whose primary business
(60 percent or more) is door manufacturing for the residential market.
Our list has it all: wood, folding, fiberglass and more.
Just because a company is among the top in the nation, however,
doesn’t mean it has it easy. For example, Masonite, at the top of our
list, announced recently that it lost a good chunk of its business from
Lowe’s—its second largest customer. The big-box retailer said it will
reduce its interior door business with Masonite to the tune of $70 million
annually. It was that news that prompted the door manufacturer to announce
recently that it would close its Kirkwood, N.Y., plant, resulting in the
loss of approximately 70 jobs.
Then there is Taylor Building Products, large enough perhaps
to appear here, but at press time, the company’s assets were sold to Wausau
Supply, proving that some companies are still struggling.
Profile*: Masonite® says it is one of the world’s largest manufacturers
of interior, exterior and patio doors for residential and commercial applications.
For more than 80 years, Masonite has been committed to building enduring
products and simplified solutions through innovation.
Masonite embraces the innovative spirit by constantly seeking
new processes, technologies and materials with an eye on producing residential
and commercial doors that are stylish, functional and durable, all while
increasing efficiency with the implementation of Lean Sigma. Through the
use of this comprehensive system, every aspect of the company is synchronized
and seamless. Lean Sigma processes allow Masonite to operate at extremely
efficient levels, with a focus on innovation, quality, consistency and
Annual sales: $1 billion to $2 billion range
Leadership: Frederick J. Lynch, president and CEO
Door lines: Interior doors, entry doors, exterior doors, glass
doors, commercial and architectural doors
Product mix: 75 percent residential and 25 percent commercial
Number of employees: 7,000
Years in business: 80
Profile*: Wood-grain Doors says it is one of the world’s largest manufacturers
and suppliers of wood stile and rail doors, and offer a unique combination
of beauty and durability. Made in an array of attractive designs, and
offered in ten wood species, MDF, and factory primed, Woodgrain offers
a wide range of doors to complement any interior.
Woodgrain has manufactured millwork and building products
for the residential and commercial construction markets since it was founded
in 1954. As a family-owned and-managed business, Woodgrain is one of the
largest manufacturers of interior pine doors and prefinished mouldings
in the United States.
Woodgrain Doors is committed to innovation through continuous
improvements in manufacturing, investment in design, best quality craftsmanship
and the use of the highest quality raw materials to build doors that are
as durable as they are beautiful.
Annual sales: The company says it falls in the $400-$700 million
Leadership: Kelly Dame, CEO
Door lines: Interior and exterior wood stile and rail doors in
the following species: Radiata Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Knotty Pine, Oak,
Knotty Alder, Poplar, Fir, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, Primed and Primed
Product mix: 95 percent residential, 5 percent commercial
Number of employees: 270
Number of locations: 2
Years in business: 27
Profile*: Therma-Tru says it is the nation’s leading manufacturer
of entryway doors. Within the building products industry, Therma-Tru takes
pride in its reputation as the company that offers the entire entryway
system, not just different parts and pieces. The company offers slabs,
glass and components that are designed and tested to work together.
Therma-Tru engineers its doors to work together for ease
of installation, unified aesthetic appeal and long-term durability. The
company has remained competitive throughout its five decades of history
because of the quality of its products, competitive price points, leadership
in innovation and by providing one-stop-shop aspects for trend designs
in entryway systems.
Annual sales: Estimates place Therma-Tru’s parent company, Fortune
Brands’, annual sales at $3 billion. Estimates place Therma-Tru at $181.5
Leadership: Mark Savan, president
Door lines: Fiberglass and steel entrance doors, fire-rated doors,
hinged patio doors and sliding patio doors
Number of employees: Estimated at 2,000 employees
Number of locations: 2
Years in business: 50
Steves & Sons
San Antonio, Texas
Profile*: Steves & Sons was established in 1866 and is currently managed
by its fifth and sixth generations of family management. Over the last
five years, Steves & Sons has undergone a transformation from a prominent
interior door manufacturer to a national producer of a full line of products
including commodity composite and steel doors as well as premium wood
entry systems. Beyond the aforementioned additions, Steves is in the final
stages of development on 90-minute steel edge, in-house steel processing
and prefinished premium and fiberglass product lines. Every member of
the Steves & Sons team embodies the “We Can Do That” attitude, which is
evident through their price, quality and service in both the retail and
Annual sales: $120 million (residential)
Leadership: Sam Bell Steves II, president; Edward Galt Steves,
Door lines: Interior flush, interior molded, stile and rail, MDF,
steel, fiberglass, premium wood entry systems, pocket doorframes, custom
machining and pre-hanging.
Product mix: 90 percent residential, 10 percent commercial.
Number of employees: More than 800 Number of locations: 6 Years
in business: 146
Profile*: ProVia says it is a leading manufacturer of professional-class
entry doors, storm doors, patio doors, windows, siding and manufactured
stone. The professional-class designation reflects the company’s high
level of quality, service and customization. ProVia has been an Energy
Star® Partner since 2002, and has won the prestigious Energy Star Partner
of the Year award for Door Manufacturing three times, and the Energy Star
Sustained Excellence award three times. The company continues to experience
robust sales growth, demonstrating the demand for professional-class and
Annual sales: The company says its sales fall in the $100-125 million
range (67 percent of that is comprised of door products.)
Leadership: Bill Mullet, CEO; and Brian Miller, president Door
lines: Exterior only: steel and fiberglass entry doors; steel and fiberglass
swinging patio doors, vinyl sliding patio doors; and aluminum storm doors.
The company also produces vinyl windows, wood plus vinyl windows, aluminum
storm windows, insulated siding, vinyl siding and manufactured stone.
Product mix: 98 percent residential, 2 percent commercial.
Number of employees: Approx-imately 500
Number of locations: 5
Years in business: 35
Los Angeles, Calif.
Annual sales: $100 million
Leadership: Shirley Wang, CEO; and Franco An, president
Door lines: Exterior fiberglass doors, composite door jambs, doorlites
and steel doors
Product mix: 85 percent, residential and 15 percent commercial
Number of employees: 100 Number of locations: 4
Years in business: 18
(now owned by JELD-WEN)
Profile*: According to the CMI website, the company’s heritage in
the building products industry dates back to 1968. CMI manufactures and
markets three diverse (yet complementary) product lines for the residential,
commercial and industrial markets: CraftMaster Interior Doors; MiraTEC
Treated Exterior Composite Trim; and Extira Treated Exterior Panels. The
company’s manufacturing network includes a facility in Towanda, Pa., which
produces door designs, trim and panels, as well as door manufacturing
facilities in Christiansburg, Va., Ozark, Ala., Garland, Texas, and Plainfield,
Ill. In 2012 the company was purchased by JELD-WEN.
Annual sales: Estimated at $67 million, though that includes its
moulding and panel lines.
Door lines: Interior doors include flush, molded and stile and
rail door designs.
Number of employees: Estimated at 900.
Simpson Door Company
Profile*: With a century of experience, product innovation and industry-leading
design, Simpson Door Company says its comprehensive line of interior and
exterior stile and rail doors includes hundreds of standard options from
panel to French to decorative entry doors with matching side lites and
transoms. Simpson also offers a number of visualization tools so customers
can see the doors they are getting before they arrive at the jobsite.
Annual sales: The company says it falls in the $50-75 million range.
Leadership: Stacie Conkle, vice president and general manager
Door lines: Stile and rail exterior and interior doors, custom
Product mix: 95 percent residential, 5 percent commercial
Number of employees: 175
Number of locations: 1 Years in business: 100
Profile*: TruStile Doors says it is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers
of premium stile and rail MDF and wood doors for residential and commercial
applications. As a made-to-order door manufacturer, TruStile offers more
than 400 standard door styles with 66 profile options and can custom-build
virtually any door design. Using its proprietary TruCad Door Design Tool,
the company says its full line of paint-grade and stain grade doors can
be individually tailored to reflect personal design styles. TruStile adds
that it provides the shortest lead times in the industry with a limited
lifetime product warranty.
Annual sales: Estimated at $23 million.
Leadership: Scott Schmid, president/CEO
Door lines: Interior premium solid MDF and wood doors
Product mix: 75 percent residential, 25 percent commercial
Number of employees: Estimated at 200
Years in business: 17
Profile*: In 1977 the GlassCraft Door Company started a small retail
store in Houston with the guiding principles of quality and value, according
to the company’s website. Building from these core values GlassCraft Door
Company says it has grown into the number-one hardwood entry door company
in America. The company has a 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility
“Our dedication to excellence is built into each product
and continues with industry leading customer service and product warranties,”
says the website.
Annual sales: Estimated annual sales of $17 million.
Door lines: According to the company’s website, Glasscraft produces
premium fiberglass doors and wood doors, as well as a Buffalo forge wrought
iron entry door.
Number of employees: Estimated at 128
Tru Tech Doors
Profile*: Tru Tech Door Systems is a Canadian privately owned company
specializing in the manufacturing of residential entry door systems. Since
its inception in 1998, the company’s growth has come from the philosophy
that door manufacturing has to be vertically integrated. Tru Tech says
that as a company it has always been forward-thinking and a leader in
its approach to residential door systems, focused on quality and design,
creating innovative product lines and styles. The company says it is positioned
to expand its manufacturing potential to double in volume.
Annual sales: $15-20 million (residential)
Leadership: John Careri, president Door lines: Exterior, steel
and fiberglass residential entry doors. (The company also produces door
lites, which comprises 10 percent of its business, and steel-edge doors,
which comprises 30 percent of its business).
Product mix: 80 percent residential, 20 percent commercial
Number of employees: 150
Number of locations: 2
Years in business: 14
*Description provided by company
What Has Door Manufacturers Optimistic
As DWM compiled this year’s list of the nation’s top door companies,
we also asked them to provide some insight into what they’re optimistic
about for the year ahead. Read on for a sampling of the answers from representatives
of those on our list.
Plastpro: The increase in single-family and multi-family
construction will continue in 2013.
ProVia: We believe we will continue to see modest
strengthening of the remodeling market in 2013.
Therma-Tru: Increased awareness of the energy-efficiency
of doors and windows is the greatest legacy of the Energy Tax Credit.
Energy Star has excellent consumer awareness and can be a driving force
for our industry in 2013 and beyond. While increasing energy standards
are a good means for pushing product design forward, we need to be careful
that Energy Star products remain a compelling consumer investment. The
increased energy efficiency needs to be worth the incremental cost of
Masonite: We are anticipating the return of growth
in the construction industry in 2013, and we expect new construction to
be the premier growth driver in 2013 with a growth rate in the high teens
year over year.
Steves & Sons: Improved business climate.
Tru Tech Doors: The U.S. economy seems to be edging
Woodgrain: Housing starts being up and the recovery
of the housing industry and economy.
The Down Side:
Door Manufacturers Share Their Worries
Despite a good bit of optimism as we look toward a recovering residential
market, door industry executives admit they still have some concerns for
the months ahead. Read on to find out their top areas of worry.
Masonite: While the construction market is expected
to grow, certain factors will continue to present obstacles that may slow
recovery. Uncertain economic conditions and mortgage availability, changes
to lending regulations, foreclosures, inflationary pressures, and labor
shortages provide challenges to the market.
Plastpro: The continuation of stringent mortgage
approval requirements could limit the single-family home starts.
ProVia: Although we’re not “worried” about it, we
will keep our eyes open for any events that could create another recession
or downturn in the remodeling market.
Steves & Sons: Indecisive and irrational government
Tru Tech Doors: Flat Ontario economy.
Woodgrain: Inflationary pressure and the job outlook
for the housing and remodeling industry. The lack of skilled workforce
is a concern as well.
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