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Quality, innovation and customer service have been the central operating tenets of Skyline since Sam Kraus founded it as a roofing and waterproofing business in 1921. His personal business philosophy, "the work should speak for itself," was reflected in the quality of service he provided. His thinking inspired the skilled workers he employed.

As Skyline evolved, management passed from generation to generation, and so has the craftsmanship embodied in our engineers and service professionals.

 

In the 1950’s Sam's son, David, took over Skyline and led it into window replacement to meet customer needs. This dramatically expanded upon our offerings. At first, Skyline used other manufacturers’ windows, but soon found that in order to create the perfect solution for customers, we needed to control the entire process, from design to manufacturing to installation. As the New York real estate market expanded, the demand for high quality custom windows grew. When third generation and current CEO Steven Kraus came to Skyline in the 1970's, he broadened the product offerings by integrating European design and quality standards into Skyline’s own customized product line.

3 Generations  { Matt Kraus, President  |  David Kraus  |  Steven Kraus, CEO }

The turning point for New York real estate and Skyline was the establishment of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in the early 1980’s. As the city’s classic buildings aged, the need for window replacement accelerated. Rather than replace windows with modern fabricated and generic models, the Landmarks Commission drew up stringent standards for window replacement in order to have the buildings retain their original splendor coupled with the newest technology. Skyline worked closely with the Commission in establishing the standards by which all New York landmark buildings’ windows would be restored.

“Working hand in hand with the New York City Landmarks Commission since its inception has given Skyline the products and expertise to tackle virtually any window project in America.”
— Steven Kraus | CEO

This accelerated growth resulted in a new customized window manufacturing plant in New Jersey and spread the Skyline brand throughout New York in buildings such as The Hearst Building, The Puck Building, The Pierre Hotel, The Palace Hotel and many more. Skyline replaced the windows in many of the most exclusive residential buildings adorning Central Park.

Today Skyline Windows is a premiere window manufacturer in the U.S. with over 350 employees, a Sales and Engineering headquarters, and two manufacturing facilities.  With nearly 100 years of experience in the industry, we take great pride in our work and are proud to be a part of the ever-growing New York skyline.

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David Kraus  |  CEO 1955-1995