Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork promotes Jeff De Lonay to company president, appoints him to board of directors, following retirement of Michael Salsieder; De Lonay has served as executive VP for last four years

WAUSAU, Wisconsin , April 4, 2014 (press release) – Joins Board of Directors

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. has named Jeff De Lonay as company president and appointed him to the board of directors, reporting to Judy Gorski, CEO. Michael Salsieder retired from this position at the beginning of April.

De Lonay has served as executive vice president for the last four years, as president of Kolbe's subsidiary Point Five Windows & Doors for the last six years, and as vice president of manufacturing for 13 years. In his new role as president, he will oversee all of Kolbe's facilities, divisions and operations. He will continue to work closely with Kolbe's executive leadership, which includes:

  • Jeff De Lonay, president
  • Bob Kasten, vice president of sales
  • Mike Tomsyck, vice president of finance
  • Donnie Huehnerfuss, vice president of K-K Way transportation and technical services
  • George Waldvogel, vice president of quality and service
  • Keith Koenig, vice president of manufacturing
  • Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing
  • Ann Micholic, vice president of human resources
  • Hank Hosler, vice president of information technology
"Jeff's market-driven focus will build upon Kolbe's 68-year history and our success across North America as a leading manufacturer of windows and doors for both residential and commercial markets," says Gorski.

De Lonay adds, "Kolbe has earned a strong reputation for our customer service, quality craftsmanship and customization. We will continue to support these strengths with ongoing investments in our people, our product innovations and our continuous improvement processes."

Sharing his knowledge of continuous improvement and Lean manufacturing, De Lonay has presented at conferences and meetings throughout the U.S. and Canada. His tenure at Kolbe spans three decades and a breadth of responsibilities ranging from his start in doorframe production, to his move into sales and estimating, and eventually to his rise in managerial and leadership positions. In 1997, he was promoted to vice president of customer relations, before accepting the role as vice president of manufacturing.

Along with De Lonay's professional leadership, he is an active community leader. As a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, he had progressed from a local Cub Scout leader to serving as the Rib Mountain District chairman, part of the Samoset Council. He also is a member of the Marathon County Historical Society and the Northcentral Technical College advisory board's wood program in Antigo, Wis.

During his free time, De Lonay enjoys spending time with his family and in his workshop woodworking, cabinetmaking and collecting related woodworking tools. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Wausau, where they have raised three sons.

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