Former Pella Executive Passes Away
J. Wayne Bevis, former president and CEO of Pella Corp., passed away May 31 at the age of 79. In retirement, Bevis divided his time between his home on St. George Island, Fla., and near Rock Creek Lake near Kellogg, Iowa.
Bevis joined the company in 1972, and served as president and CEO of the window and door manufacturer for 15 years from 1980 until his retirement in 1995.
“Wayne and his team built the foundation for the transformation for what was then known as the Rolscreen Co. into the innovative industry leader Pella Corp. has grown into today,” says Patrick J. Meyer, Pella’s current president and CEO.
Major accomplishments achieved during Bevis’ tenure included the introduction of traditional double-hung windows, the Architect Series, Designer Series and ProLine offerings, between-the-glass blind options, and Precision Fit replacement windows, Meyer reports. In that time, the company also constructed the Carroll, Iowa, and Shenandoah, Iowa, manufacturing operations. Bevis also helped lead the addition of eight new production areas at the Pella, Iowa, operations, and introduced the first Pella Window Store, quality circles and the use of kaizen in Pella’s focus on continuous improvement.