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Over sixty-five years have passed and Kolbe remains

a family-owned company, still committed to our long

heritage of building the finest windows and doors

available. Each window and door is built at the time

the order is placed and uniquely hand-crafted to our

customers’ specifications. While we’ve adopted the best

that modern technology offers in our manufacturing

process, you can rest assured that each unit is still

crafted with the artful skill of human hand and eye.

Herb and Ervin Kolbe, two hardworking men full of

ideas and integrity, are no longer here to lead us, but

we remain dedicated to their vision. Kolbe & Kolbe is

a company for the future with a history grounded firmly

in the past. Building outstanding windows and doors is

an ongoing vision that began over sixty-five years ago

and continues today.



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“We don’t strive to be the biggest,

but we do strive to be the best.”

Herb Kolbe

The chronicle of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork is more

than a business success story; it begins with the family.

Brothers Herb and Ervin Kolbe built the business with

the strong work ethic and family values with which

they grew up on their family’s dairy farm.

In 1946, the Kolbe brothers started out by repairing

window frames and building window sash, setting up

shop in a small building that served as their mother’s

wash house. These humble beginnings, along with Herb

and Ervin’s dedication to producing premium quality

windows and doors, served as the foundation for what

we now proudly call the Kolbe



Herb Kolbe

Ervin Kolbe

Brothers Herb and Ervin Kolbe began

working out of their mother’s wash house,

repairing window frames and building sash,

on the family farm in central Wisconsin.


Additions are made to the Wausau facility

to accommodate the expansion into the

prehung door market. A cabinet shop was

acquired, which brought several talented

craftspeople onboard.


The Kolbe brothers purchase a 2,100 square

foot building and relocate in Wausau, WI.

They also hire their first employee, brother

Walter. By 1955, another 1,500 square feet

are added to the shop and warehouse.


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