A Columbus couple who worked side-by-side to run and grow Overhead Door Company of Columbus for more than 53 years has sold the business, allowing them to retire.
Company president Don Schmidt and his wife Pat, who served as secretary-treasurer, on Wednesday sold their business to Chuck and Suzanne Wells of Columbus. They are renaming the business Overhead Door Company of South Central Indiana, reflecting its 11-county sales and service area.
The Overhead Door purchase price was not immediately disclosed.
After today, Chuck Wells will be leaving his position as vice president and group publisher for AIM Media Indiana, including The Republic, to become president of the new firm. Suzanne Wells, who will continue as executive director of purchasing for the Cummins Inc. Engine business segment, will not be active in the Overhead Door business.
The company franchise in Columbus opened in 1947, but after a time it went back into corporate hands until the Schmidts stepped in on July 1, 1965, as owners.
“We started from scratch,” said Pat Schmidt, 82, of the company that serves businesses and residents from Whiteland in Johnson County south to the Ohio River, including Columbus.
“We started with one installer, one truck, a bookkeeper, my wife and me,” said Don Schmidt, 83. “I sold the doors all day and then I would come back to the office and make them up all night.”
Pat would paint the doors, which were made of wood in the early days. Then Don…