Kolbe President Mike Salsieder to Retire

December 13th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

SalsiederWausau, Wis.-based Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. announced that its president, Michael Salsieder, 61, will retire at the end of March 2014. Jeff De Lonay, current executive vice president, will succeed Salsieder as president upon his retirement.

Not long after joining Kolbe in September of 2002, Salsieder became executive vice president, then president at the start of 2005. Since then, he has led Kolbe through what the company says are some of the most challenging times in the history of the door and window industry and the residential building industry.

Salsieder obtained both his law degree and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. After 24 years serving as general counsel for several world-leading manufacturing companies, he joined Kolbe, a company he frequently refers to as “a very special place.”

“It is always very difficult to make the decision to step away from a job and a company you love,” says Salsieder. “However, it is time to provide others with an opportunity to further the successful strategy that has driven Kolbe to be a recognized leader in the high-end door and window industry. I began working with the two other members of the Kolbe board about a year ago to plan for my succession, and we know that we have excellent people in place to carry forth our plans for growth.”

The company has announced that Jeff De Lonay will be succeeding Salsieder as president upon his retirement at the end of March. De Lonay has been with Kolbe for 29 years, and for 13 years served as the company’s vice president of manufacturing and its executive vice president the past four years.

Salsieder and his wife of 36 years, Mary, will continue to reside in Wausau. They plan on devoting as much time as possible to charitable causes they have supported in the past, and to spending more time at their cottage and with their two sons.

Judith Gorski, CEO and daughter of Herb Kolbe, one of the founders of the company, says, “We have been very fortunate to have Mike’s leadership to continue the great tradition that Kolbe has earned through the years. While we will miss Mike’s presence at Kolbe, we are also pleased that he had the foresight to plan for his succession in a way that will provide a seamless continuation of the strategy that has made Kolbe one of the real success stories in the window and door industry.”

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