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Since 1924, Masonite has innovated in the realm of doors.

Masonite, the residential, architectural and commercial door company whose international headquarters are in Tampa, has a truly long and storied history. In 1924, Masonite founder (and friend of Thomas Edison) William H. Mason successfully converted wood chips into wood fiber. This conversion led to masonite hardboard wood, an eponymous type of engineered wood made out of tempered wood fibers. Also in the ’20s, Mason patented masonite, thereby enabling the beginning of mass production of masonite doors. In 1935, the company made it to the New York Stock Exchange. Over the course of the 20th century, Masonite developed into a mammoth force in the door industry. Masonite supplied the U.S. military with hardboard for housing in World War II. It was first recognized as a Fortune 500 company in 1975, and since then it has focused on fresh, environmentally-friendly door designs for the 21st century.

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Masonite is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of interior doors and entry door systems. Throughout the company's 80-year history, Masonite has maintained its focus on leading-edge innovation, manufacturing excellence and superior customer service. Masonite is committed to delivering product and service innovations that will enhance beauty, functionality and architectural design to its customers around the world. Builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners rely on Masonite products to create homes of distinction. With facilities across the globe, Masonite makes its corporate home in Tampa.

Awards & Accolades

2012: Masonite Wins the 28th Annual Golden Hammer Award Masonite Announces Acquisition of Algoma Hardwoods, Inc. Green Builder Recognizes Masonite As The Editor's Choice of 2012 Masonite Named Builder's Brand Leader 2011: MASONITE Named Brand Leader In Interior Door Category 2010: Masonite Wins BICA 2010 Award 1999: Masonite honored by BUILDER Magazine 1996: Awards for the Environment 1992: Commitment to the Enviornment 1990: Employee Safety 1975: Fortune 500 Company 1939: World War II & Awards 1928: International Recognition

Core values/mission statement

Masonite's vision is to be the best provider of building products in the eyes of its customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and communities.

Company Leadership

Frederick Lynch

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Frederick J. Lynch has served as President of Masonite since July 2006 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Masonite since May 2007. Mr. Lynch has served as a Director of Masonite since June 2009. Mr. Lynch joined Masonite from Alpharma Inc., where he served as President of the human generics division and Senior Vice President of global supply chain from 2003 until 2006. Prior to joining Alpharma Inc. in 2003, Mr. Lynch spent nearly 18 years at Honeywell International Inc. (formerly AlliedSignal Inc.), most recently as vice president and general manager of the specialty chemical business.

Robert Byrne

Chairman of the Board; Director

Robert J. Byrne has served as a Director of Masonite since June 2009 and has been Chairman of the Board of Masonite since July 2010. Mr. Byrne is the founder and has served as the President of Power Pro-Tech Services, Inc., which specializes in the installation, maintenance and repair of emergency power and solar photovoltaic power systems since 2002. Power Pro-Tech is Mr. Byrne’s fourth start-up. His other entrepreneurial ventures have been in telecommunications, private equity and educational software.

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