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Efco co-founder William Terry Fuldner dies

Post Time:Sep 09,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:153

Efco Corp., a Pella Company, Monett, Mo.,mourns the loss of its co-founder, William Terry Fuldner, who passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 8, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 82, according to a Sept. 8 release.

“Terry Fuldner was a real innovator known for his longtime leadership in the industry as he guided Efco through its tremendous growth from a start-up to an influential industry leader,” said Efco President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Farquhar, in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fuldner family as the Efco team reflects on Terry’s tremendous impact on the commercial fenestration industry over his lifetime.”

Fuldner guided Efco as president and CEO for many years, until he became the longtime chairman of the board once he stepped back from day-to-day management of the privately held company. Fuldner’s son, Chris, carried on the family’s legacy leading Efco as chief executive officer, until he retired in 2007 and the company was acquired by Pella Corp.

“Dad was an industry pioneer who made a major difference in the industry, building Efco's business in the process. He was a character who loved life and will truly be missed by his friends and business associates,” said Chris Fuldner, in the release.

Terry Fuldner spearheaded Efco’s longtime leadership in the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill. Chris Fuldner chaired AAMA from 2003-05.

Services for Terry Fuldner are pending. The Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, 216 Second St., Monett, MO 65708, 417/235-3141,is handling arrangements. Condolences may be made online at: www.bennettwormington.com.

George Eberle and William Terry Fuldner founded the company as Efco Product Co. in 1951; it was incorporated as Efco Corp. in 1953.

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