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The History of Masonite

William H. Mason, founder Breaking Ground at the 1933 World's Fair

Today, Masonite embraces the spirit of our founder, William H. Mason. His ideas and inventions were the building blocks of numerous revolutionary building materials.

In 1924, William H. Mason, a researcher, engineer and inventor, made a revolutionary discovery. He changed the way wood was used to form more effective building materials. This paved the way for a succession of new building products for the home.

Over eighty years later, we still embrace that innovative spirit. We are constantly looking for new processes, technologies, materials and designs – always with an eye on producing doors that are stylish, functional and durable. Doors that are guaranteed to make your home more beautiful.

Our continued leadership, our innovative spirit and our superior products have earned us a reputation unsurpassed in the industry. Of that, we are extremely proud.

History in a Timeline

  • Today:  Masonite continues its relentless focus on delivering product, service and design innovations that enhance beauty and functionality, creating greater value to our customers throughout the world.
  • 2011:  Masonite acquires Marshfield DoorSystems, Inc., a leading provider of doors and door components for commercial and architectural use.
  • 2011:  Masonite successfully completes a $275 million bond offering, and enters into an asset-based loan with committed capital of $125 million which allows Masonite to continue to expand and to right-size its capital structure.
  • 2010:  Masonite buys assets of two premier interior flush door manufacturers in the United States, and enters the door market in India by acquiring select assets of three leading door manufacturers. Masonite also establishes its European office in Vienna, Austria.
  • 2009:  Masonite and its lenders voluntarily restructure the company, and Masonite emerges from a pre-negotiated bankruptcy as a private entity with a large ownership base and virtually no debt.
  • 2006/2009:  The door industry experiences the greatest decline since the Great Depression.
  • 2005:  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) acquires the shares of Masonite International Corporation. KKR de-lists Masonite from the NYSE and Toronto exchanges, and Masonite becomes a privately held company.
  • 2004:  Masonite acquires The Stanley Works residential entry door division, and buys interests in entities located in Malaysia, Republic of Czech, Poland, and Luxembourg.
  • 2002:  Masonite sells Craftmaster Manufacturing Inc. (as required under a 2001 U.S. government voluntary consent decree related to Premdorís purchase of Masonite).
  • 2001:  New "Masonite" formed when Premdor purchases Masonite from International Paper to create a vertically integrated company.
  • 1990s:  Premdor expands its global footprints by acquiring or building door manufacturing facilities in US, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, UK, France and Israel.
  • 1989:  Premdor and Century Doors (two of the major door manufacturers in Canada) merge, creating one of the largest door manufacturers in North America.
  • 1972:  Masonite enters the door business as a supplier of interior facings and other components to the door industry.
  • 1960:  The Masonite Innovation Center (formerly known as the John M. Coates Technical Center) was built by Masonite in recognition of the importance of research and development. Its sole purpose was, and continues to be, the development of new products and process innovations.
  • 1955:  Premdor Corporation (Masoniteís current parent company) enters into the door business.
  • 1930s/1940s:  Masonite grows and expands globally into almost every corner of the world.
  • 1928:  The Companyís name was changed to Masonite Corporation.
  • 1925:  On September 1, 1925, the corporation was formed and named Mason Fibre Company.
  • 1924:  Well-known researcher and engineer William H. Mason changed the building materials industry forever by inventing a way to convert wood chips into an economical and highly effective building material, high-density fiberboard.

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