Founder of Veka Passes

September 4th, 2018 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

Heinrich Laumann, the founder of Veka, has passed away at age 89.

“We are deeply saddened and we extend our sincere condolences to the Laumann and Hartlief family as we remember Mr. Laumann as a passionate, personally engaging and energetic entrepreneur. Starting with eight employees in 1969, he built Veka into the global market leader for vinyl window profile systems with more than 5,600 employees in 25 countries. He was a pioneer in the PVC extrusion industry and early on recognized the potential of vinyl as a window and door material in the American market,” says Joe Peilert, president and CEO of Veka North America. “What started as a small-scale joint venture 35 years ago in Cranberry, Pa., has grown to include four locations in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Texas and North Carolina with more than 1.2 million square feet. Together with 750 American Veka employees, I am very grateful for his foresight to invest in America and his continuous support of our business. Whether during boom times or the recession years that hit our building industry so hard, his commitment was unwavering with a look towards long term success. His leadership and entrepreneurial vision will continue to be a guiding example for us.”

Laumann is survived by his son in law, Adreas Hartleif, a Veka Group chairman, and his daughter Elke Hartleif, both board member and global head of human resources. Laumann passed away September 3, surrounded by his family.

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