A Lasting Tradition
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.
CEO Steven Kraus
In the 1950’s, David Kraus 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.
All of our windows are manufactured and assembled in our own facilities.
The turning point for New York real estate and Skyline was the establishment of the New York City Landmark 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.
A 90 year heritage of service.
“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, Skyline Windows
This accelerated growth resulted in a new customized window manufacturing plant in New Jersey and spread the Skyline brand throughout New York with restorations on The Hearst Building, The Puck Building and The Palace Hotel. Skyline replaced the windows in many of the most exclusive residential buildings adorning Central Park. Additionally, Skyline was chosen for the window restorations of many classic South Beach hotels.
Today Skyline Windows is one of the premier custom window manufacturers in the U.S employing over 350 people including fourth generation management in Matthew Kraus, who is poised to lead the company into the future.
It is important to note that the pride that inculcates Skyline Windows is not just the legacy of the Kraus family, but is a legacy of many other families who have been part of the Skyline family multi generational basis. It has always been more than a family business; it’s a business of families.