SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wisc. - Panel manufacturer Wind Mill Slatwall Products has been acquired by one of its suppliers, Amerhart Limited, a regional building materials dealer based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
“We know Wind Mill very well and were always impressed with their capabilities, leadership and team-oriented culture, which is very similar to ours,” said Mark Kasper, Amerhart president and CEO. Kasper said the acquisitition was a strategic move for his company.
Amerhart has been a key supplier to Wind Mill for the past 15 years. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and operating out of eight locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Missouri, Amerhart employs over 250. It serves a variety of customers throughout the building products industry, and is one of the largest independently owned building materials distributors in the Midwest.
“With this new ownership, we can now make many of the products we distribute that our customers have been asking for," Kasper said. "Wind Mill is a great turn-key operation that brings us the ability to manufacture on day one.”
Wind Mill will continue its operations in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin and the current ownership and management team will be retained. Jay Hogfeldt has been president and CEO of Wind Mill since 1980. Mark Radtke will serve as the general manager of the Wind Mill Division and vice president of industrial manufacturing for Amerhart.
Wind Mill will also continue to serve its current retail industry customer base, as well as the garage and home organization markets. Additional products will be incorporated into the manufacturing schedule for Amerhart, including panels with high pressure laminate, stair treads and shelving.
Wind Mill is well known within the retail display industry for manufacturing and marketing a wide array of retail display products, like panels, fixtures, and component parts. The company also operates a consumer products division, GarageEscape, which makes a variety of products for garage and home organization. Established in 1980, Wind Mill employs 30 team members.
“This is a great opportunity to utilize our capabilities and also expand our employment base in Sheboygan County,” said Jay Hogfeldt.