The Twenties

Mary Joan Kuyper was born November 17, 1919, in Pella, Iowa, to Pete and Lucille Gaass Kuyper.
Her younger brother, H. Stuart (Stu), was born in 1921.

When Joan was a young girl, her father took a chance by investing in a small operation which became known as Rolscreen Company. In her later years, Joan stated, “My father wanted to create a work environment where the individual matters … where a passion for excellence and quality is the rule rather than the exception … where each and every person has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.” Throughout her life, Joan did her best to maintain this culture and philosophy.

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