The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity announced a new Framing Our Future capital campaign, a $10.5 million fundraising initiative aimed at ensuring all Central Iowans have the stability of an affordable and well-located home. Kinzler Corporation President & CEO Tanner Kinzler and his wife Emily are serving as campaign co-chairs.
Leading up to the launch, the campaign raised more than $7.6 million – over 70% of its goal – through support from Central Iowa philanthropists, corporate partners, and foundations.
WD Door, Iowa’s established leader in the garage door service and sales industry, announced its acquisition of Delden Garage Doors. Effective immediately, Des Moines-based Delden Garage Doors will begin operating as WD Door, an employee-owned affiliate of Kinzler Corporation. The change will be seamless for customers.
“Delden Garage Doors has built a solid foundation in Des Moines and central Iowa,” said WD Door co-General Manager Steve Bouchard. “Now we will be combining and expanding resources to help new and existing customers with their garage door needs.”
Established in 1980, Delden Garage Doors offers commercial and residential repair service, quality garage doors and door opener installations to customers across central Iowa. They are well known for their quality and service, led by owner Rick Vinson, who will be retiring after the transition.
“Delden’s reputation for excellence was built one satisfied customer at a time, through the hard work of dedicated employees,” Vinson said. “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve our valued customers over the years. I’m confident they will be in good hands with Kinzler Corporation and WD Door, as the legacy we have built together will be carried forward with dedication and excellence.”
“We just celebrated the 20th Anniversary of WD Door and I am excited about how this combined team will be able to serve our customers even better moving forward!” added WD Door co-General Manager Jeff Myers.
WD Door is a family and employee-owned overhead door company, headquartered in Ankeny, with a second location in Cedar Rapids. The company’s trained and certified technicians install, service and repair hundreds of residential and commercial garage doors every year. WD Door is part of the Kinzler Corporation family of companies, including Kinzler Materials and Kinzler Construction Services, which has locations across America’s heartland.
WD Door expert installers hang track for a new garage door at a local home.
WD Door team members are pictured outside the company’s Ankeny headquarters on Oralabor Rd. after recently celebrating their 20th anniversary.
WD Door offers installation and service for a wide variety of commercial garage doors and loading dock equipment.
WD Door is celebrating 20years of serving residential and commercial builders and homeowners as Iowa’s leading overheard door and operator company!
May 5, 2003, Steve Bouchard and Jeff Myers officially opened the company for business – under the name “Wayne Dalton Doors.” Starting out, there were just 6 team members grinding day and night to get the job done right for our customers.
“I was super nervous on this day,” remembers WD Door General Manager Steve Bouchard. “We just started a family and had no idea of income and a wife that stayed home to raise our newborn daughter. We both had lots of love and support. We both were competitors that wanted to win and make a name for ourselves. We always tried to do the right thing for others before ourselves.”
“Seems like it was not that long ago we started this thing!” said WD Door General Manager Jeff Myers. “It was stressful, busy, but extremely fun. We started the business in the back warehouse that we still utilize today at 375 Oralabor Rd. in Ankeny.”
The Key to Success
Bouchard and Myers agree the key to success over the past two decades is keeping the needs of customers and team members at the forefront.
“We are always honest with our employees and customers. Doing the uncomfortable things. Doing what it took to be profitable,” Bouchard said.
“We have learned that we are only as good as the people that work with us,” added Myers.
Several team members have been exceptionally loyal, working with the company for more than 10 years, including: Bob Halferty (19 years), Brad Wharff (18 years), Ryan Spooner (18 years), Marge Brown (17 years), Merle Pottorff (17 years), Heath Hutchison (17 years), Brent Flickinger (17 years), Darren Franzenburg (16 years), Mike Sheeks (14 years), Jonathan Weaver (12 years), Craig Foster (11 years) and Michael Frogge (10 years).
Surprisingly, a garage door company was not the original plan for WD Door’s founders.
“Our first business idea was to start a lawn care business,” said Bouchard. “We had a name (Advanced Lawn Care), business plan and logo that we presented to Jeff’s dad and after 5 minutes into the presentation he told us we were stupid, and it was a dumb idea. He recommended we go a different direction – turns out he was right.”
Today, WD Door is a thriving family and employee-owned business with locations in Ankeny and Cedar Rapids. In January 2022, WD Door became part of the Kinzler Corporation family, beginning a new, exciting chapter for the company.
“I am excited that we are in good hands with Kinzler Corporation!” said Myers. “I believe that we are taking this business to the next level to become the leader in overhead doors throughout the Midwest and further. I believe other companies will eventually envy what we have built and are continuing to build.”
As you may know, WD Door merged with Kinzler Construction Services earlier this year. President & CEO Tanner Kinzler was featured in the December issue of BUILD Des Moines magazine, talking about ways our employee and family-owned company is growing to serve our customers even better!
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WD Door is pleased to announce our merger with Kinzler Construction Services. As you may already know, Kinzler Construction Services is a family and employee-owned construction subcontractor based in Ankeny, with branch locations across the state in Ames, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo – as well as Denver, CO, and Tyler, TX. Kinzler is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, and fireproofing. The company also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel framing, acoustical ceiling tile & EIFS.
Seamless Transition for Customers
This merger further strengthens our ability to serve builders and homeowners across the state of Iowa and beyond. WD Door (and our sister company Doors by George in Cedar Rapids) have developed a reputation built on quality and service, led bySteve Bouchard and Jeff Myers. Steve and Jeffwill continue to lead this division of the business as General Managers well into the future. All 50+ WD Door and Doors by George team members are being retained and the change will be seamless for customers.
“Combining Kinzler with WD Door and Doors by George means exponential increases in infrastructure, technology, employee benefits, and administrative support,” said Steve Bouchard, WD Door General Manager.
“This partnership with Kinzler will help us serve our customers even better,” adds Jeff Myers, WD Door General Manager. “But the friendly people and industry-leading customer service you’ve come to expect will remain the same.”
We will work closely with you to make the integration process as smooth as possible. A few important notes effective January 1:
Invoices and billing will now come from the Kinzler branch support office in Ankeny.
Payments can continue to be sent to our location or the Kinzler address:
375 SE Oralabor Rd.
Ankeny, IA 50021
Kinzler Construction Services
700 SE Oralabor Rd. Ste. 1
Ankeny, IA 50021
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 515-963-0989. Thank you for making us Iowa’s leading overhead door and operator company serving home builders, commercial construction contractors, remodelers, and homeowners. We look forward to your continued partnership!