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60th Anniversary Celebration

Whiting Celebrates 60 Years

In 1953, a customer pulled into the yard of a small garage door manufacturer in Akron, New York. He asked the owner, T.C. Whiting, if he and his sons Don and Lauren could fit a garage door onto his truck body. In 2013, the company that we know today is very different from what it was in 1953, but our core values remain the same: manufacturing quality products in the United States, and continuing to foster a culture that promotes innovation, viability and integrity.
As we celebrate our 60th year in business, we’d like to thank our customers, suppliers, Whiting employees and many others that have contributed to our success throughout the years.
Welcome Mike Winter
We are excited to announce the hiring of Michael Winter as the new Whiting Area Manager for Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Mike has over 28 years of experience in the transportation industry. Mike and his wife Rebecca reside in Grand Blanc, MI and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandson. When he isn’t working, Mike enjoys snowmobiling and hunting and working on his Cobra Mustang. Welcome to Whiting, Mike!
Whiting Director of Maintenance Receives 2013 ASSE Award
Whiting Featured in Insyte Consulting Video
Check us out in this short video produced by Insyte Consulting. This clip showcases a project that our CLP division did with the Insyte group that focused on Whiting Custom Laminate’s growth and sustainability strategy.


Ontario Grand Opening 8/23/2012

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new manufacturing facility serving the West Coast. In April of this year, we successfully moved our operations in Rialto, California to our new plant in Ontario, California. Our new plant is newer and larger than the former facility and will enable us to better serve our customers. Thanks and job well done to all that helped in the move!

 Whiting Products in the Field

Check out some of our 2012 photos:


Whiting's Premium Dry Freight Door is specified by Lowe's for all new delivery and rental trucks.


Whiting licensee StructurFlex in Auckland, New Zealand built and installed their first
Hinged Truss II roll-up door in November 2011.


This all electric parcel delivery truck features Whiting's Hinged Truss II Door.
Penske and a number of other national fleets are specifiying Whiting's Laminated Premium Door
for its combination of strength, durability, cosmetic appeal and time-saving maintenance features.


Whiting Welcomes Area Manager Joe Olszta

Posted: 10/26/2011

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Olszta, to the position of Area Manager for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi and New Mexico. Joe has previous experience in the transportation industry serving the same territories. His responsibilities will include servicing existing accounts as well as developing new opportunities with customers. Joe resides in Keller, Texas with his wife Danielle and will be a strong asset to our sales team. Welcome to Whiting Joe! To contact Joe, click here.

Director of Purchasing Retires after 43 Years

Posted: 10/12/2011

At the close of business on September 2, 2011, Bernie Meinweiser officially retired as Director of Purchasing after 43 years with Whiting Door. During that time, the company experienced remarkable changes in magnitude and through it all, Bernie was always able to adapt and meet Whiting’s needs as they arose. Bernie’s understanding of our business and of the requirements placed upon us by customers defined him a key player for Whiting throughout his entire career.
He will be missed, but his contributions will continue to factor into our success for many years to
come. We wish Bernie a very happy and healthy retirement.


Whiting Welcomes New Area Manager

Posted: 8/25/2011

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Schock to the position of Area Manager for Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.  Dan has over 20 years experience in the transportation industry serving the same territories and he is very familiar with Whiting products. His responsibilities will include servicing existing accounts as well as generating new opportunities. Dan will be a strong asset to our sales team and we welcome him to Whiting.


Whiting Featured in FleetOwner article

Posted: 5/2/2011
Click here to read the recent article in FleetOwner announcing the introduction of our Shield Series I roll-up door. Below is a photo of one of the first Whiting Shield Series I doors installed on a Great Dane Trailer for Keebler.  Whiting Sales Representative Tony Goral worked with the end user and Great Dane on this project.
CLP Featured on Insyte-Consulting.com
Posted: 3/1/2011
In an article that profiles their recent joint project, Whiting Custom Laminated Panels is featured in an article on Insyte-Consulting.com. Click here to check it out!
Plant Manager Retires After 40 Years
Posted: 3/1/2011
On January 14th, 2011 Plant Manager Dick Casseri officially retired after 40 years with Whiting. Dick served the company in many different capacities throughout his lengthy career, and his efforts have played a key role in Whiting’s success and ability to serve our customers and employees.  Many changes in the truck and trailer industries came about during Dick’s tenure, and he adapted to every one of them with enthusiasm and commitment.  We wish Dick a long and healthy retirement with many rounds of golf-- and thanks again for his dedication and commitment to this company; we are in a great position to take on the future because of his efforts.
3 Year Warranty Upgrade
Posted: 1/24/2011
Effective January 1, 2011 Whiting announces the door industry’s first standard extended warranty beyond 1 year. Our new warranty covers our roll-up and swing door products for 3 years. No gimmicks, no small print, no pro-rating... just Whiting standing behind its materials and workmanship.
Whiting’s products, processes and quality are backed by an International Standards Organization certification, ISO 9001:2008. This designation was achieved in 2003 and Whiting still remains the only ISO certified truck/trailer door supplier with a recognized quality system in the United States. 
To view our 3 Year Warranty, click here.
ERP Upgrade 
Posted: 1/24/2011

As of January 3, 2011, Whiting Door Mfg. Corp. has upgraded our business system to the latest version of ERP available. Our new system is expected to increase our responsiveness to customer needs and inquiries through improved traceability capabilities, quick look ups, flexible reporting and better labeling. In addition, a strong emphasis will be placed on real time transactions in order to provide customers with the most up to date information. Whiting’s ERP upgrade will provide a platform to enhance existing functionality in many areas of our business and enable Whiting to grow and remain competitive as we look forward.    

Paul Zola Celebrates 25 Years
Posted: 12/17/2010

Paul Zola receiving his watch at the 2011 TMC show after being with the company for 25 years.  Pictured are key members of the Xtra Lease Management team.  L-R: Steve Porter, Tim Ifland, Paul Zola, Steve Zaborowski and Chuck Oakes.
Paul Zola completed his 25th consecutive year with Whiting Door on December 9, 2010.  In 2009, Paul was honored by the ATA’s TMC as one of that year’s four “Recognized Associates,” an award for many years of service to Whiting and to the truck/trailer industry in general.
Born and raised in Akron, NY, Paul left home for Hendersonville, TN in 1985 where he established himself as an Area Manager for Whiting.  He continues with Whiting today representing the company in the southeastern United States.
Paul and his college-sweetheart wife Arleen have two children, Ashley and Michael.  He is active in his church, Knights of Columbus, TMC, and NTEA.  He played trombone for 27 years in a community band and enjoys golf, which he plays poorly.
Jim Messineo
Posted: 12/17/2010
Jim Messineo, 17 year veteran Whiting Area Manager for the northwestern United States, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 10th.  Jim was vacationing with his wife and enjoying one of his passions –scuba diving – when his heart failed.  He leaves behind his wife Barbara and was predeceased by their teenage son James in 1991.  Aside from family and friends, Jim left his warm, friendly and upbeat style with hundreds of Whiting customers, stretching from Sacramento to Seattle and Boise to Denver. 
A self-described “California flake,” Jim followed the beat of his own drum, which always seemed to be a good thing for him and for our company.  Jim’s Facebook page sheds some light on his outlook; it reads: Life is a challenge to be faced - it is not meant to be easy. You cannot understand what joy or happiness is unless you have overcome difficulty and hardship. Most importantly - laugh; at yourself and at life in general no matter what.”
A good soul who could lighten anyone’s day, gone too soon . . . RIP Jim.
Pat Whiting
Whiting Products on USS JASON DUNHAM 
Posted: 12/1/2010
The USS JASON DUNHAM was commissioned on November 13, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale Fla. This ship was built by Bath Iron Works, in Bath Maine. Whiting Custom Laminated Panels supplied panels for this new naval vessel named in honor of a local WNY native, Jason Dunham.

On April 14, 2004, 3 days after Easter Sunday, Corporal Dunham was manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq, when an insurgent leapt from his car and began choking Corporal Dunham. A scuffle ensued as two Marines approached to help.

Reportedly, the last words from Corporal Dunham were, “No, No. Watch his hand.” Suddenly, the insurgent dropped a grenade. Corporal Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, dropped to the ground, and covered the explosive as best he could. 

The blast seriously wounded all 3 Marines. Eight days later, Corporal Jason L. Dunham died at Bethesda Naval Hospital from wounds he received in the incident. He was 22.
After a week of ceremonies and observances involving the new crew, the Navy will commissioned the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Jason Dunham Saturday  at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

The new destroyer honors Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, an Allegany county native of Scio, and  the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His parents Debra and Daniel Dunham were in Florida for a week of events leading up to the formal commissioning ceremony.

Debra Dunham served as sponsor of the ship named for her late son.  The ceremony was highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she gave the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!

Designated DDG 109, Jason Dunham, the 59th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.  The USS Jason Dunham will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare in keeping with “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power.”


USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)
Guided Missile Destroyer
Overall Length: 510 feet.
Waterline Length:  471 Ft.
Extreme Beam: 66 ft.
Waterline Beam:  59 ft
Light  Displacement: 6,600 tons
Full Displacement: 9,200 tons
Dead Weight: 2,600 tons
Hull Material: Steel hull, steel superstructure.
Number of Propellers: 2
Propulsion Type: Gas Turbines
Aegis Class Weapons System

Officers: 32
Enlisted: 348

Three United States Quarters to represent:
- Year Cpl Jason Dunham was born (1981)
-State of New York (2001)-Cpl Jason Dunham’s home State
-Year Cpl Jason Dunham earned the Medal of Honor (2004)


To honor Marine Jason Dunham, the following items are enshrined in the mast of the ship that bears his name.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Coin ,  Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Coin,  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Coin,  7th Marines Regiment Unit Coin,  Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Guidon,  3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Unit Coin,  3rd Battalion, 7th Marines OIF II Campaign Coin,  Purple Heart Medal, Scrap of Cpl Jason Dunham’s Kevlar helmet,  Dog tag set, Cpl Jason Dunham, USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) Command Coin,  USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) Mast Stepping Program,  Last letter sent home from Cpl Dunham to Mom.
Legend has it that in the times of the ancient Greeks, enough money was placed in the mast to make sure that each of the crew could afford the trip into the afterlife should the ship sink.  The U.S. Navy, steeped in customs and traditions, continues the ritual to this day, with symbolic aspects of the ship’s heritage forever welded in the iron masts of today’s warships.

 The coin denominations sum is 109 and represents the ship’s hull number. 

Two United States Dimes to represent the Marines he valiantly saved:
-PFC Kelly Miller’s Year of Birth (1983)
-LCpl William Hampton’s Year of Birth (1982)

 Two United States Nickels to represent:
-Year 7th Marine Regiment formed (1917)
-Year Cpl Jason Dunham entered the USMC (2000)

Four United States Pennies for each year of service in USMC: 2001 - 2004


New Whiting Website!
Posted: 12/1/2010

Whiting Door Mfg. Corp. has an all new presence on the web. The upgraded site highlights Whiting’s major product groups with easy to use navigation tools. Whether you are browsing, requesting a quotation, placing an order, looking for specific product information or need text, graphic, or video instruction, you can find it all at www.whitingdoor.com

Please help in keeping our site useful to you by sending us your comments. We intend to keep our web presence current and ever-changing to meet our customers’ needs.


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