Employee Stories

Ken Vanderlaan

I’m 67 years old now, and I’ve been working at Windemuller for 33 years, which means I’ve spent just about half my life here. Funnily enough, it was stability I was looking for when I came here in the late ‘80s. I’d started my career …

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Devin Hill

In the construction trades, almost everyone has a “close call” or two: times where they could have been seriously hurt, if not even killed. Too often in this industry, those types of events are viewed as inevitabilities, as things that everyone has to deal with. …

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Josh V.

Well, I guess I should thank my old high school hockey coach… Let me explain: Back in high school, in addition to playing hockey, I was already really interested in electrical work. I attended the career-tech center in my hometown to start learning the ropes …

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Dave Beemer

For me, it all began with a guidance counselor meeting. I knew in high school that I wanted to be an electrician. One day, meeting with my guidance counselor, I mentioned that interest. The counselor happened to know the electrician who handled the electrical work …

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Pat

From being a factory worker, to landing a job as a communications installer, to becoming someone who knows just about everything there is to know about traffic lights, my career has taken some interesting and unexpected turns over the years. I spent the first decade …

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Matt W.

I grew up in a house where the skilled trades were a way of life, so it’s no surprise that’s where I ended up. My dad owned his own construction company, and I was always interested in following in his footsteps in some fashion. When …

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Kelly

Even growing up, I knew I loved electrical work. As a teenager, I used to build my own control panels next to my bed, so I could control everything in the room without even having to get up. Still, despite my dabbling, I never seriously …

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Steve Alles

I was a teenager in the summer of 1994 when I started my first job for Windemuller. At that time, my grandpa, uncles, and dad were all involved in the business in various roles. I worked out in the warehouse of the company’s Grandville office, …

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Stephanie

“When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t sure what path to take. I was college-bound, headed to Grand Valley State University; I knew that much. What I didn’t know was what kind of career I wanted to aim for, or even what I wanted …

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Jeff N.

“From a very young age, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I would end up working in the electrical trades. My dad was a radio engineer, and I learned all about electrical from working alongside him as a kid. In college, I worked …

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Ryan S.

“I came to Windemuller 15 years ago because I realized I needed a career instead of just a job. I’d been working in a warehouse, and even at just 22 years old, I was maxed out in terms of pay and career advancement. I knew …

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Nathanael

“My story in the electrical trades started back in high school, when I enrolled as a student in the CNET program (CNET stands for “Computers, Networking, and Electronics Technology”) at the Career Technical Center in Cadillac, Michigan. My initial thought, at the time, was that …

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Nicholas T.

“When people ask me how I ended up at Windemuller, the best answer I can think of is ‘sheer dumb luck.’ Like so many teenagers, a job in the electrical trades wasn’t the first career that sprung to mind when the time came for me …

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Fritz

“Even when I was a kid, it seemed I was destined to end up in the skilled trades (never felt comfortable in a tie). My dad was an electrician with his own company, which meant I often ended up being a default helper whenever he …

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Tim

“Not many decisions you make in high school stand the test of time, but for me, one did: deciding I wanted to be an electrician. I can’t for the life of me remember exactly what inspired that choice, but I do remember that when I …

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Vicki

“When I graduated in 2012 from Ferris State University at Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) University Center in Traverse City, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to start my career. I held a bachelor’s degree in information security and digital forensics and ultimately ended up taking …

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Jim G.

“I found my way into the skilled trades almost by accident. One day, years ago, a high school friend of mine asked if I wanted to come work with him. Without thinking too much about it, I said yes. But what began as an off-the-cuff …

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Francisco F.

“It’s amazing to think that less than five years ago, I was feeling like I’d hit a wall in my career. I was working a factory job where every day felt the same. I was tired of the work and wanted to find something more …

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Brad E.

“When people ask what brought me to Windemuller and to a career in construction, I have a simple answer: it was in my blood. As a kid, I remember growing up around Windemuller. My dad, Tony, marked his 30th anniversary with the company this year, …

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Tony K.

“I have been working for Windemuller for nearly 16 years. I came to the company after a big move to Michigan from New York, where I’d graduated high school in 1982. I went right to work after high school, taking jobs with a variety of …

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Tony E.

“Even nearly 35 years into my career, I can’t quite explain why I wanted to be an electrician. I just remember going to work with my dad in a factory in Sparta in 1986, shortly after I finished high school. I was working as a maintenance guy, but when the electricians would come …

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Sophia

“When I graduated high school in 2015, I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take. I started working toward a degree in graphic design, but early in college, I knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was sitting behind a computer all day and it was driving me …

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Erik

“The skilled trades are in my blood. My father was a jack of all trades, and he passed a lot of his knowledge on to me. Once I got into the workforce, I found myself following in his footsteps. I worked at factories, service shops, …

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James V

“From a young age, I had an interest in building and design. I loved working with my hands and also enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. In summer jobs during my high school years, I developed a strong work ethic and a …

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Jason

“I started with Windemuller in the summer of 2005, right after I graduated from high school. I had been a part of the Electrical Occupations program at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center in Traverse City, a vocational program focusing on electrical …

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Jim Hovey

“I started my career as an apprentice in the Dow Chemical Electrical training program in the late 1960s, ultimately working my way up to a supervisory role with Dow. In 1971, I moved to the J.W. Construction Company as a superintendent for electrical and instrumentation …

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Jeremy

“I started my career installing communications and cabling back in 1998. Over the years, I’ve worked at companies of all different sizes. I’ve never found a work environment that feels as welcoming and fulfilling as what I’ve found at Windemuller. From the top down, there …

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Jessica

“I never anticipated working at Windemuller, or even working in this industry. I was going to school to get my accounting degree and I needed a job. On a whim, I sent my resume to Windemuller. They told me that there wasn’t a position available …

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Curtis

“Windemuller is the only place I’ve ever worked. I’ve been here ever since high school, when one of my instructors asked me if I was interested in taking on an internship. I was attending the Career Tech Center here in Traverse City at the time, …

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James S

“I came to Windemuller almost by fate. As I neared the end of high school back in 2008, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. I knew that college wasn’t the right fit for me, but I wasn’t sure what I …

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