Kolbe Says 2013 Was Record YearJanuary 14th, 2014 by DWM Magazine
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc says it is steadily growing its business and contributing to the building product industry’s improving economy. According to the company, its recent new product introductions have generated increased demand, national industry honors and more local job opportunities.
“We have built our reputation on quality craftsmanship and customization. While other businesses were cocooning during the economic downturn, we were actively investing in our future,” Kolbe’s president Mike Salsieder says.
“We researched the emerging market trends and developed unique designs to meet homeowners’ desires for contemporary aesthetics and larger spans of glass,” he adds. “We added larger sizes and new configurations, including patio doors that help open interior spaces to the outdoors. We introduced innovative products to meet both residential and commercial buildings’ requirements for enhanced energy efficiency, occupant safety, low-maintenance and longevity.
“We optimized our existing space to accommodate these new product lines. We kept our focus on continuous improvement, training and involving our team members in productivity and process improvements, and upholding our standards of excellence.”
Seventy-three full-time equivalent positions have been filled since June 2013, according to Ann Micholic, Kolbe’s vice president of human resources. She notes, “We have hired new team members in marketing, field service, human resources, IT, and manufacturing. We currently are hiring for maintenance, manufacturing, and sales, and are always looking for strong candidates. We want to ensure a good fit for a long future. We are very proud to have hundreds of associates in our Quarter Century Club, celebrating 25 years of service with Kolbe.”
“Our people are at the heart of Kolbe’s success. Their creativity, drive and commitment are why our company is known for custom craftsmanship, attention to detail, top-notch customer service and superior quality products,” adds Kolbe’s executive vice president Jeff De Lonay.
The company has been recognized over the year with various awards and honors including making it onto the Consumers Digest Best Buy list for its Latitude Series windows and the DIY Network show “I Want That” showcasing its door products.