International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 2015

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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from Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) with a mechanical engineer degree and ultimately became licensed as a Professional Engineer. In both New Jersey and New Hampshire. In his later years, Paul was recognized by SIT with a medal for his "outstanding contribution to the industrial progress of the nation." In 1938 when the factory superintendent retired, Paul eagerly returned to take his place in the family business. He embraced the concepts of mastering the workings of the business, dealing with non-standardized door sizes, limited resources, and diffcult lead times while enduring the recession that was embedded within the depression. By 1938 times were so tough that the factory was only operating two days per week, but he and the company prevailed despite the looming clouds of war that reached America at the end of the decade. 1940's As had been the case since the inception of the Overhead Door Co, Edward Sr. was at the helm in the 40's and spent most of his time managing business affairs and working with the dealers. Weaving through the complexity of the rationing priority system to obtain material to make doors, working around the gas crisis, materials shortages, and the loss of employees to the draft weighed heavy on Paul and his father. It was in 1946 that Paul was joined by his brother, Edward Jr. – also a mechanical engineer – in the running of the family business. Edward Jr. came fresh off the deck of a US Navy light cruiser and landed on the factory foor. From playing at the factory as a child to working summers before joining the Navy to working beside his brother, Edward Jr. proved he was ready to dive into the business. With the end of the war, lead times for Overhead Doors suddenly grew to as long as a year. It was a hectic time for Paul and the whole family who struggled through the demands of long days and nights, but the Fimbel Family tapped in to their ambition and perseverance to succeed. 1950's: The 1950's were generally good years for the garage door industry as it continued to standardize door sizes. At this time, the Fimbel Family opened a second manufacturing plant in Nashua, New Hampshire. This inspired Paul's move to take over the functions of manufacturing and distribution in New England. He settled in nearby Hollis, New Hampshire where he would live out his remaining years. Also in this decade the patent held by the Overhead Door Corporation known as the Miracle Wedge track expired allowing the competition to utilize the technology. This single event required those operating under the Overhead Door banner to fght harder to keep their dealer base. Ed Sr.'s 50th anniversary. Paul is middle row to the left. Ed Jr. is middle row to the right. Fimbel Truck & Building Continued on page 54 (continued from page 50) MANUFACTURERS'CORNER V O L U M E 4 8 I S S U E 6 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 53

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