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01/03/2011

Kolbe Celebrates Major Milestones

Anniversaries: 65th for Kolbe & Kolbe, 30th for Point Five

Wausau, Wis. (Jan. 2011) – What began in 1946 as a two-brother team has grown into an internationally-respected company and one of the largest manufacturing employers in North Central Wisconsin – Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Company, Inc. Through its history, the company and its employees have shared their talents and expertise making millions of products for prominent homes and buildings.

In 2008, Point Five® Windows and Doors intertwined its own legacy with Kolbe's. Founded 30 years ago in Fort Collins, Colorado, Point Five now custom designs and fabricates products for ultra-luxury homes and commercial projects.

"Whether in Colorado or Wisconsin, our employees share a commitment to always using the best materials and superior craftsmanship to produce the finest windows and doors available," says Mike Salsieder, president of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.'s 65-year success story starts with the tale of brothers Herb and Ervin. Born just before the Great Depression, they were children during the stock market crash of 1929 and endured the hardships of the decade that followed. Still, they shared a rich and full childhood. Their work ethic was built during their days on the family dairy farm and guided them as they built the business. These humble beginnings, along with the Kolbe brothers' dedication to producing premium quality windows and doors, served as the foundation for what now is known as the Kolbe® windows and doors brand.

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. remains a privately held, community-oriented business. The company invests in continuous improvement to maximize efficiencies and innovation to maximize opportunities. Covering nearly 1 million square feet, its state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech machinery and a design center to present the creative possibilities offered by Kolbe windows and doors.

A timeline of significant events and a video from the company's 60th anniversary may be viewed on Kolbe's website at http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/ourCompany.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kolbe, Point Five Windows and Doors "shares a dedication to our customers, our craftsmanship and our communities," says Jeffrey DeLonay, Point Five's president. "We continue the tradition of unparalleled quality, service and commitment that has brought the company ongoing success."

Since its founding, Point Five has focused on high-performance, historically-accurate and highly-customized window and door products. In 1991, Point Five became the first, and only company in the nation to offer custom copper-clad windows and doors as a standard. With this demand, Point Five expanded into the luxury estate market throughout the United States.

Today, Point Five primarily works with architects and builders of exceptional custom homes around the country, many of which are more than 25,000 square feet. These prestigious residences typically are located in resort and vacation destinations from Malibu to Aspen to Kiawah Island and the Bahamas. According to DeLonay, "We take pride in working with these elite customers to provide outstanding window and door solutions for their estates."

Learn more about Point Five Windows and Doors at http://www.pointfivewindows.com.

 
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