Wasco Skylight Company – A Tradition of Excellence.

Founded in 1935, Wasco is a family-owned company with New England roots. We’re one of America’s largest skylight manufacturers, employing skilled people who all share the values of hard work, a keen desire to meet and exceed market needs, and pride in a job well done.

Headquartered in Wells, Maine, with a new manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada, Wasco Skylights is a leader in bringing the outside in, providing a full line of commercial and residential skylight solutions for standard or customized installations. With a focus on ease of installation, Wasco is known for its extensive product line, innovative and customized designs with reliable long-life performance and overall value.

Our new, state-of-the-art Reno manufacturing facility brings our unique and energy-efficient skylight product line less than 24 hours away from anywhere in the western US. With codes & regulations changing constantly, you need someone you can trust who has ongoing certification programs in place, and a dedicated R&D engineering department to meet the energy challenges of the future. The new standard in intelligent and green daylighting is now closer than ever.

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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.

1955
Pyrodome

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.

1956
Wasco Office Sandford, Maine

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. It was based in the renovated Goodall-Sanford Mills complex, but has since moved to a new 100,000 sq.ft. facility in Wells, Maine, with a second manufacturing location added in Reno, Nevada.

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.

1983

Gus Magnuson retires, selling Wasco to two senior executives and a son, Christian G. Magnuson.

1984
Halfround

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.

1994
Rolling Patio Door

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

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.

2004
Home Award - 2004 American Building Product

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.

2007
Lumira Aerogel

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.

2009
Horizon Translucent Daylighting System

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 versatility 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.

2011
Facilities in Wells, Maine and Reno, Nevada

After 55 years in Sanford, Wasco relocates from the Sanford Mills complex to a 100,000 sq.ft. facility in Wells, Maine.

2012
Parans Solar Receiver

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.

2013
Facilities in Wells, Maine and Reno, Nevada

Wasco opens a new manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada. The additional location is producing both standard and custom skylights for the commercial and residential market, and expanding its distribution west of the Rocky Mountains.