Supply distributes and manufactures quality building products that
create better homes for our communities. Our territory is from the Great Lakes
to the western Rocky Mountains continues to expand as we continuously strive to
meet the demands of our customers with 15 distribution centers and 5
Wausau Supply's manufacturing companies:
Diamond Kote Building Products
siding system with a 30-Year No Fade Warranty
exterior doors & interior millwork products
Taylor Entrance Systems
steel & fiberglass exterior doors
Wausau Wood Systems
wood products & structural framing
measure success over decades, rather than quarters or years. We are proud of
our tradition of promoting within so our managers have firsthand knowledge of
the work they are accountable to. Through transparency and collaboration, we
are able to build professional relationships that allow us to be greater as a
-Jody Maier, CEO
Serve our customer with innovative products and
solutions that extend value through the supply chain.
VISION: We will be the leading provider of building
material products and solutions to the channels we serve, driven by our
business model of superior customer service and product innovation.
SERVICE: We will meet every customer with the highest
level of service and quality.
INNOVATION: We encourage our employees to create ethical,
HISTORY OF WAUSAU SUPPLY COMPANYThe 21st Century began by selling the warehouse in Farmington, MN and a new facility was built in Lakeville, MN to allow for growth in the Metro area of Minneapolis. As the door shop continued to expand, it was determined to build a facility in Weston, WI to be dedicated to accommodate the door shop exclusively which would allow for future expansion. Consolidation occurred again when the Woodruff, WI facility was combined with our warehouse facility in Weston, WI and the Woodruff facility was sold. In 2002, we built a warehouse in Jacksonville, Illinois, our second location in the state of Illinois. By 2004, we had added onto the Jacksonville facility twice, accommodating the expansion for a third cement siding painting operation. In 2002 we built a door shop in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Our expansions continued to include; a third door shop in Stuart, IA; a warehouse in Brandon, SD; a warehouse in Gardner, KS; and a warehouse in Rapid City, SD. Our biggest warehouse in Schofield, WI had become fully developed and a new warehouse was built (2007) in the Industrial Park in Weston, WI. This allowed for better utilization of space and efficiency of our bar code technology which had a positive impact on our operating expenses. A Corporate office was built (2012) onto the warehouse structure and the Bayberry location was sold to Crystal Finishing. In addition to new builds, there had been (2) acquisitions; ANP in Ogema, WI (2009) allowed for self sufficiency of creating our own moldings and trims for our millwork business. The second acquisition was Taylor Door in West Branch, MI (2012) which was our supplier of steel doors, which had fallen to financial strife. This acquisition allowed us again to be self-sufficient and give more freedom in developing new products for the future. This business is now known as Taylor Entrance Systems.
One of the significant changes to Wausau Supply Company was to become an ESOP company in 2001. By our employees increasing ownership awareness, it has had a positive impact on our ability to influence our internal operations.
One of the biggest challenges for Wausau Supply Company in the 2000's was the economy and the housing market collapse from 2006 thru 2009. During these challenging years our employee population went from it's height of 566 in 2005 to 364 in 2009. In order to combat these challenges Wausau Supply went from a de-centralized management approach to centralizing Management, Accounting, IT and Purchasing to the Corporate office in Schofield, WI. We also centralized our Customer Service Call-Centers from nine call centers to three (Schofield, WI, Eau Claire,WI & Lakeville, MN) that remain today. As of the decrease in new housing starts, it was determined to close our kitchen business in Eau Claire, WI., our paintline in Jacksonville Ill. and the door shop in Stuart, IA.
Senior Management changes again took place with Tom Thornton selling his stock to the ESOP and Joe Jordan was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and in charge of all day to day operations. This began a change in business philosophy from each location having a manager to one in which we are all "one warehouse". This approach works well within an employee owned corporation.