Part II: Love and Garage Doors- Growing Families and Businesses Since 1921

We’re continuing the love fest with Part II of our Love and Garage Doors series. Meet four more of our amazing distributors in today’s blog. If you missed Love and Garage Doors Part I, read it here http://bit.ly/1WidJgZ!

The McGraws

Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield

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In 1986, Gordon McGraw bought Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield to build a flexible life for his young family. In 2007, when he was ready to retire and enjoy his hobbies, the next generation was ready to step in. His daughters and their husbands, Katie and Chris Schnider and Sara and Paul Burrell, were ready to take on the very successful distributorship that Gordon had built. Katie and Paul took over day-to-day operations, while Chris eventually began to manage the commercial sales department and Sara continued her work in the community as a registered nurse. The group went on to win the Eagle Award from 2012-2014.

We asked them a few of their favorite things about working as Overhead Door Distributors:

“Seeing the impact we’ve been able to achieve in the community, not just from providing and installing garage doors, but helping others in the community. Whether it is through donating to a charitable cause, or donating materials and services for auctions and raffles, we’re blessed and fortunate to be able to give back. It has been as rewarding as any other element of being involved with this business,” said Chris.

“It is always memorable when we get to spend continuing our garage door education at conferences and meetings as well as socializing with other distributors,” said Katie.

Chris said he enjoys the business side of things, “Getting to see the whole picture of running a business. Instead of just one aspect, we get to delve into and make decisions regarding every part of our livelihood,” he explained.

The group sees changes toward viewing the garage door as a statement piece as an upcoming trend for their business. Being in a microbrewery capital, many are now showing interest in Full Vision doors. In addition, the group has seen a trend toward proactive safety measures, particularly when it comes to fire doors.

The Ross’s

Overhead Door Company of South Central Texas

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When Jeff Ross lost his job to an organizational restructure almost 15 years ago he had to make a choice:  start working for somebody else or become his own boss. Now, he owns and manages three distributorships along with the help and support of his family.

His wife Lauri, whom he knew growing up, started out in inside sales and evolved to purchasing and inventory control. Mike, Jeff and Lauri’s oldest son, joined the family business almost 12 years ago and has worked in inside sales, estimating and now works as an operations supervisor. Danny, Jeff and Lauri’s youngest son, worked as a door tech while attending college and eventually moved to outside sales, branch manager, and now works in the material handling division of the company. Lauri and Jeff’s daughter-in-law Erica also started working in the business while in college, and now manages the company’s e-commerce and websites.

Owning a distributorship allowed the family to hire on Jeff’s father part-time making sales calls. These led to some of the most cherished memories the family has. Mike and Danny had the opportunity to work along-side and learn from their grandfather, who was very mindful of schedules, arriving early to sales calls and always being prepared.

“A family business is not without its challenges. One of the challenges is to make sure you treat all of your employees as family.  As long as people understand the rules and you treat everyone fairly and with respect, it’s not an issue,” said Jeff.

The Parmelys

Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander

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Chuck and Cynthia Parmely met in 1981, when Cynthia began work as a bookkeeper for Chuck’s dad who owned the distributorship before Chuck and Cynthia took over in 1998. The two were married just six months later on April 3, 1982 and will be spending their 34th wedding anniversary at Overhead Door’s 95th National Ribbon Distributor Meeting!

Chuck has been in the garage door business since he was 10 years old, spending the past 37 years with Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander, “I was born into this business and I love the job,” said Chuck.

Chuck and Cynthia’s daughter, Ashley, followed in her family’s footsteps. This year will mark her tenth year with Overhead Door! “Even though we aren’t all related, it’s like we are all family here. We joke around with each other and the atmosphere is always light, fun and carefree,” said Ashley.

Some of their favorite memories revolve around that family bond with the entire distributorship. Chuck remembers an unexpected gift, the metal art with the Overhead Door logo in the pictures above, that meant a lot to him and Cynthia. The art was given to the couple by the employees at a company Christmas party a few years ago. This bond has transformed the distributorship from a one man shop to a 16-person business that has thrived for the past 37 years.

The Christophersons

Overhead Door Company of Bountiful

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James and Ilona Christopherson were high school sweethearts. They’ve been in the business for 29 years and their son, David, also works as an integral part of the distributorship. This family has worked hard, and due to this hard work they have grown their business in 12 of the last 13 years, a milestone they’re particularly proud of.

“I wouldn’t be here today without my families’ help,” said James.

When asked about some of their favorite personal memories from working as an Overhead Door Distributor, they pointed to the people they have met at the company as well as other distributorships, who have become their friends and people they look up to.

We want to thank these special distributors for taking the time to share their stories with us. We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with all of our wonderful distributors.

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Overhead Door’s New Allura™ Shutter is Here

The Allura™ Shutter is Overhead Door’s newest addition to its commercial line of rolling doors. An attractive alternative to rolling grilles and service doors, Model 653 is perfect for high-traffic pedestrian areas where security and versatility are at a premium.

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Allura™ Shutter Model 653 

The Model 653 Allura™ Shutter offers flexibility in aesthetic options to match the surrounding environment of almost any location, providing the security and high visibility that many retailers require. This shutter is a new light-duty door solution versatile enough for specialty use, and it offers a space-saving design, making it perfect for installations with limited side room and headroom.

The Allura™ Shutter is available in 197 powder coat colors and several wood grain finishes, offering an appealing look for any commercial application. The Allura™ Shutter also allows for many configurations with the right amount of light and air passage.

The aluminum design of this system provides durability for both interior and non-windload exterior use and functions quietly and smoothly no matter if your shutters are operated manually, with a crank or motorized.

For more information on Overhead Door, or to find an Overhead Door distributor, visit www.OverheadDoor.com, like Overhead Door on Facebook, follow Overhead Door on Twitter or find us on Google Plus.

What do you think of the new shutter? Comment below and tell us!

The New 674 Security Grille: Security, Visibility, Air-Flow and Light in Stylish Aluminum

Commercial and retail property owners have an attractive new option for securing their interior spaces with the introduction of Overhead Door’s Model 674 Security Grille.

Engineered for inside applications, the Model 674 is a new perforated grille constructed from lightweight aluminum panels that provide security while maximizing visibility, air flow and light infiltration. This makes the Model 674 an ideal solution for securing interior retail storefronts in retail facilities, airports, stadiums, malls and multi-purpose buildings because it provides long-lasting high performance, but in a visually appealing package that won’t detract from its surroundings.

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Both inside and out, the Model 674 is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For example, its perforated aluminum curtain panels feature a clear, anodized finish or an optional PowderGuard™premium powder coat paint finish to match interior surroundings. Meanwhile, the grille’s counterbalance assembly is composed of heavy duty, helical torsion-springs enclosed in a steel tube. The Model 674 even features continuous wear strips on guides to ensure ease of operation and noise reduction.

You can find more information about the Overhead Door Model 674 Security Grille by visiting the security grilles page on our website, or by visiting your local Overhead Door distributor. Do you have questions about the Model 674? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.

Recapping the 2013 IDAExpo™ and Announcing a Chance to Win Big

We recently returned from Nashville, Tenn., where we showcased our latest residential and commercial products with garage door industry leaders and Overhead Door distributors at the 2013 IDAExpo. In case you missed it, here is a recap of what took place in booth #939.IDA pic 2

Two of our newest commercial options, the Stormtite AP model 627 rolling steel door and the Thermacore® AP model 850 commercial sectional door, proved to be popular among the many Overhead Door distributors who stopped by our booth.  Both are designed for advanced thermal efficiency. The model 627 offers the most advanced thermal performance values on the market for a rolling steel door, while the model 850 provides the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of three-inch insulated commercial sectional doors. Continue reading

What’s new at Overhead Door: Stormtite™ AP Model 627 Insulated Rolling Steel Door

We talk a lot about our residential garage door collections, but did you know that we also have a complete line of commercial doors to meet the needs of businesses and industrial applications? Built to withstand the daily wear and tear of owning and operating a business, our commercial products include advanced performance, sectional steel, rolling steel and fire-rated doors.  Our commercial door systems are available insulated and non-insulated to accommodate both internal and external applications.

In an effort to offer the most advanced and innovative products for commercial facility and business managers, we are excited to add the Stormtite AP Model 627 to our line of rolling steel service doors.

The Stormtite AP offers commercial and industrial facility owners the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of insulated rolling steel doors. The new door system is the first with a published, tested U-factor** rating and features the highest calculated R-value* for added thermal resistance. Additionally, the Model 627 door minimizes air transfer, reduces operating costs and surpasses International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements. Continue reading