Name: Gene Miels
Industry: Architectural Wood Doors for Commercial Construction
TEC 23 member since 2010
Give TEC a brief history/overview of your company:
Oshkosh Door Company’s roots reach back to the beginning of Oshkosh itself. The city was founded in 1853, the same year that lumberman Charles Paine arrived from New York and established the C.N. Paine Company. Paine was a pioneer of advancements in the door industry.
In 1927, Paine Lumber Company was the largest plant of its kind in the world and claimed to be making 20,000 doors per day! After 130 years of operation, the Paine name gave way to a new era in the company’s history, when it became The Oshkosh Door Company.
In 1985, The Fenestra Corporation purchased The Oshkosh Door Company. In 1987 Fenestra built a new 110,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in the city’s new Southwest Industrial Park. In August of 1995 under current ownership, Fenestra’s Wood Door Division became “The Oshkosh Door Company” once again. In 1998, Oshkosh Door embarked on a modernization journey, and entered the new millennium with industry leading door manufacturing technology.
In 2005 the company, under new leadership embarked on a Lean Enterprise Journey, uniting leading manufacturing technology with a Lean culture. By 2013 the Company had become the industry’s fastest custom order fulfillment producer. Offering fully customized orders to be produced in one day! Oshkosh Door Company remains committed to the quality that is expected of one of the few truly “Architectural Grade” door manufacturers in North America. Oshkosh Door Company is proud to be included in the Wood Door Specifications of many prestigious projects in North America and abroad, and are committed to maintaining the standards of quality and specification compliance required by that privilege. Oshkosh Door Company has prided itself on a vision and mission to remain union free.
What one piece of leadership advice would you offer to others. Leadership cannot be taught, imitated or learned it has to be developed.
What are your interests outside of work. I like all kinds of outdoors activities. Recently, my wife and I have included foraging wild plants and including them in our regular diet. I also enjoy blacksmithing in my restored 19th Century Blacksmith shop where I enjoy making knives and bladed tools.
How did you learn about TEC. The TEC experience was recommended by a colleague who at the time was himself a CEO and in a similar group.
What has TEC done for you personally and/or professionally. Besides the obvious exposure to all kinds of leading business information and developments, I have cultivated a very steadfast and loyal group of friends and colleagues. They have graciously mentored me in many ways in my leadership growth, especially in wisdom and discernment.