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January 27, 2014

Siding with their clients

Boelters focus on quality and customer service

Ron Boelter, owner of Ron Boelter Window & Siding Inc. of Madison Lake, started work in the siding trade in the 1970’s. Throughout the years he developed his craft in siding and windows and in 1990 decided to start subcontracting under his own name.

By 1994, Ron’s wife Jodie, a recent graduate of the accounting program at South Central College, was also eager to begin a career in her chosen field. So when the opportunity presented itself to purchase the United States Seamless franchise, Ron and Jodie, craftsman and accountant, were ready to begin.

“I was kind of her guinea pig,” said Ron as he chuckled.

“Yeah, he was,” said Jodie. “But it all worked out in the end.”

MVB: Describe how you divide up your time and duties?

Ron: We have approximately 16 fulltime employees. Jodie does all of our books and accounting.

Jodie: Yeah, I pretty much do everything he doesn’t do.

Ron: I do sales and the ordering of materials, which is actually also spread out amongst three production managers, too. I guess the rest is delegated out from there.

MVB: How has business been for you throughout the years?

Ron: Business has gone up and down but it has been fairly steady. When the building industry really boomed, that wasn’t necessarily the best thing for us because we do mostly older retro homes. If homeowners are buying new or upgrading, they aren’t fixing up their current home. So when the building market slowed down, people went back to fixing up their homes and making them their homes to stay in for a while, which is where we come in. I’m not into the new construction as much. Our newest home is five years old but we get a lot of eight- to twelve-year-old homes too.

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