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About Wasco Skylights | Commercial & Residential Skylight Design | Sun Tunnels & Roof Windows | American Skylight Manufacturer - Wasco Skylights

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Wasco Skylight Company - A Tradition of Excellence.

Founded in 1935, Wasco is a family-owned company with New England roots and a determined drive to outdo the competition in performance, selection and fast, trouble-free installation of innovative skylighting products.

Today we’re one of America’s largest skylight manufacturers, employing skilled people who all share the values that make "Made in Maine" such a powerful statement: hard work, a keen desire to meet and exceed market needs, and pride in a job well done.

Highlights of our history of innovation:

1935: Max Wasserman founds the Wasco Flashing Company in Cambridge, MA to manufacture a revolutionary through-wall flashing system.

1949: Acrylic Dome Skylight first brought to market by Wasco.

1951: Wascolite Skydome® introduced as an aesthetically pleasing, practical solution for bringing natural daylight into one-story schools and other institutional, commercial and residential buildings.

Wasco Products – Pyrodome Venting Skylight1955: The Pyrodome® and Pyrovent® introduced, providing roof access, ventilation and fire venting. The 1950s also witnessed the development of new manufacturing technologies, a national sales network and recognition by the architectural community.

Wasco – Commercial & Residential Skylight Design1956: Wasco moves its growing operations to Sanford, Maine.

1961: Wasco develops an acrylic crib cover to fulfill the need of a regional hospital. The company is purchased by American Cyanamid.

1969: C.G. “Gus” Magnuson purchases the flashing and skylighting operations, renaming the company Wasco Products, Inc. Manufacturing is based in the renovated Goodall-Sanford Mills complex, where the company remains today.

1970s: In response to the energy crisis, Wasco develops the Solar Energy Skydome® and the Thermalized SkyWindow®, designed to reduce energy consumption by creating a thermally efficient barrier between the interior and exterior surfaces of the frame.

1974: Wasco introduces the first in its line of aluminum-framed, glass-glazed skylights.

1976: Wasco offers the residential market the first low-profile, vinyl-framed skylight — an instant success due to its vinyl Permatherm® frame, patented Weather-Seal system, built-in curb for ease of installation and choice of glazing options.

1979: The flashing business is purchased by Geoffrey Magnuson, who continues to operate the business in Sanford as York Manufacturing Company.

1980s: As the Building Boom takes off, the Wasco SkyWindow line expands to include venting units.
Tubular System 1983: Gus Magnuson retires, selling Wasco to two senior executives and a son, Christian G. Magnuson.

Wasco Products – Half Round Commercial Sky Tunnel1983: Gus Magnuson retires, selling Wasco to two senior executives and a son, Christian G. Magnuson.

1984: Wasco develops a glass-glazed, tubular frame system for use in large-scale skylighting applications such as shopping malls and office buildings. The rights to manufacture and market the system are purchased five years later by Architectural Skylight Company.

1988: The revolutionary E-Class SkyWindow is introduced, featuring a patented, one-piece curb-frame/flashing design for easy, weather-tight installation. Made with state-of-the-art vinyl co-extrusion technology, the innovative product is hailed as one of the industry’s premier residential skylight products.

 

Wasco Products– Residential Designs1994: The vinyl-framed Wasco Rolling Patio Door is launched for the growing residential daylighting marketplace., setting the standard for value, reversibility and easy operation. Rolling Patio Door

1998: The Classic™ Skylight, a versatile custom flat-glass system designed for light commercial and residential applications, is introduced.

2000: Chris Magnuson becomes sole owner, launching an aggressive campaign of continuous improvement and growth that emphasizes customer service, productivity and market penetration.

2003: Wasco launches architectural colors for all its skylights.
Home 2004 American Building Product Award 2004: Wasco Architectural Series receives the coveted American Building Products Award from the editors of Home Magazine as the brand gains greater acceptance and market share for residential homes. This year also sees the introduction of the Pinnacle Skylight System™ for spectacular custom commercial applications…Hurricane-Resistant glass for E-Class, G-Series and Architectural Series residential SkyWindows…the EVM Motorized E-Class Skylight and new Swing Patio Doors…all continuing Wasco’s 70 proud years of product innovation.Home 2004 American Building Product Award

2004: Wasco Architectural Series receives the coveted American Building Products Award from the editors of Home Magazine as the brand gains greater acceptance and market share for residential homes. This year also sees the introduction of the Pinnacle Skylight System™ for spectacular custom commercial applications…Hurricane-Resistant glass for E-Class, G-Series and Architectural Series residential SkyWindows…the EVM Motorized E-Class Skylight and new Swing Patio Doors…all continuing Wasco’s 70 proud years of product innovation.

Lumira logo2007: Wasco introduces skylights with Lumira™ aerogel which are the highest performing daylighting product available on the market today. They are an excellent value and can substantially reduce energy costs and provide a great return on investment.

Horizon logo2009: Wasco’s Horizon® cellular, polycarbonate skylight system is introduced to the market to reduce labor and material costs while enhancing performance. Horizon® a dry glazed, daylighting system with proven energy saving solar and thermal properties. The translucent Horizon System is constructed of lightweight, impact resistant, UV protected polycarbonate panels that are easy to install.

2010: Wasco introduces Advanced Glazing Technology for maximum control, comfort and efficiency. Wasco's Advanced Glazing Series allows you to harness all the positive benefits of natural daylight without suffering the undesirable effects such as excessive heat gain, glare and fading. Wasco has a complete line of technologically advanced glazing solutions to provide maximum design versalitity and optimum daylighting for multiple applications.

SageGlass® – is an electronically tintable glass that can be switched from clear to a dark tint at the click of a button, or programmed to respond to changing sunlight and heat conditions. Energy consumption and costs are greatly reduced. SageGlass products offer significant advantages over conventionally glazed products because they provide the highest possible solar control without sacrificing the view through the glass. 

Schott ASI®  – SCHOTT ASI® photovoltaic modules are based on advanced thin film technology that guarantees outstanding performance even with low sunlight levels.

Solera® – Solera is a line of translucent insulated glass units that  are used in architectural daylighting to provide highest quality diffuse daylight. Solera converts harsh direct beam sunlight into soft diffuse daylight while allowing you to design your desired light level. Solera Glazings are engineered to provide higher light diffusing power.

Solera® with Lumira™ Aerogel – a daylighting strategy that dramatically improves thermal performance. This revolutionary product provides the freedom to design with glass to virtually any specification in standard framing.
Parans solar lighting system receiver
2012: Through an exclusive partnership with Sweden-based Parans Solar Lighting, Parans Solar Lighting Systems became available in the U.S. through Wasco’s network of dealers and its professional services group. This revolutionary system uses optical fibers to transfer sunlight through the building's structure to the indoor environment, penetrating the depth of a building to bring full spectrum sunlight to areas never before touched by the sun, without compromising the integrity of the insulation value of the roof or wall.

 

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