Employee Stories

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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Joel

‘I joined the military right after high school, serving active duty for the United States Army in the first Gulf War. When I came back home, I wanted to find a job that would feel as fulfilling to me as serving my country did. I …

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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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Ken

“I grew up in the Grand Rapids area, near where Windemuller’s main office is located. I graduated high school during the Vietnam War and went to school to learn electronics. Before long, I was working for an induction heating company, wiring panels. I got drafted …

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John

“Today, I’m Windemuller’s Vice President of Electrical Services. Years ago, though, I was just like many of our other entry-level workers: a first-year apprentice learning the ropes of the field. My first chapter with Windemuller didn’t last long. After a quick stint from 1993 until …

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Nathan

“When I came to Windemuller as a first-year apprentice in 2014, I was 18 years old and following in my father’s footsteps. My dad had worked at Windemuller for years, moving up the ladder from a service role to an account manager position. After a …

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