JELD-WEN is an American corporation with over 100 divisions and 20,000 employees in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The business manufactures building products, including windows, interior and exterior doors, and related building products. Jeld-Wen owns several distribution facilities and operates several resort properties. It was founded in 1960 as a millwork plant in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where the global headquarters of the company is still located. Charlotte, North Carolina has been the North American headquarters of the company since 2012. In 2015, Jeld-Wen was recognized for the top spot for brand familiarity (Door: Interior Passage and Window: Vinyl) by the Builder magazine. The company was founded in 1960 in the Southern Oregon town of Klamath Falls when Richard Wendt and four others purchased a mill. In 2010, Wendt died and the company sold off many resorts that it had developed in the Western United States. The privately held company sold off 58 percent of the company to Onex in a deal worth $864 million. The name JELD-WEN had already been in use for a number of years by the Wendt family; in the 1930s Lester Wendt bought a small farm outside of Dubuque, Iowa, as a family retreat. After holding a family contest to name the farm, Dick’s cousin Jeanette Coughlin thought of the name JELD-WEN, an acronym for the names of Dick’s immediate family, and a shortened version of Wendt.