A major global producer of commercial and residential windows and doors and one of the largest architectural products companies in the world, YKK reports annual sales of $8.7 billion worldwide, with its architectural products business accounting for slightly more than half the total. The company has operations in Japan, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It established YKK AP America Inc. in 1991, initially focusing on the commercial market. It produces storefronts, entrances, curtain walls, windows, balcony doors and other products in Dublin, Ga.
The company started in 2007 a residential business that targeted the Southeast market. Residential products, including the StyleView line of new construction vinyl windows and doors, and the Precedence line of replacement windows, are produced and distributed from its first U.S. residential plant located in Macon, Ga. With 17,000 employees globally, YKK AP reports that it employs between 500 and 1,000 people in the U.S. In 2011, YKK AP’s residential plant achieved ISO 14001 certification, a standard for businesses that operate in a sustainable manner by reducing pollution and waste. While others in the residential window industry have had to close plants, YKK AP has continued a strong growth pattern with double digit revenue increases each year since its launch in 2007, officials notes.