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.”
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
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
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.
Kolbe Windows & Doors