MADISON COUNTY- Weiland Inc. celebrated its transition into a new headquarters with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The new facility, a 60,000 square-foot manufacturing and office complex, is located south of Norfolk on Highway 81.
Longtime supporters, key vendors, customers, team members, and state leaders were in attendance. Founded in 1984 by Leon Weiland, the company has operated on the farm West of Madison where Weiland and his wife Jean still live today. Weiland Inc. has grown from a company that built custom cold storage doors for area meat processors to one of the biggest brands in sanitary doors for food processors in North America.
“You can have a really beautiful building but if you do not have the culture to support it, it’s just a building. Our employees make this place so much better because of who they are and what they bring,” said Weiland Doors Partner, Carl Weiland.
Weiland Inc. was fraught with hardship during its early years. Weiland started the company as another way to support his family, but those hard times eventually gave way to monumental success, far beyond what the company founder could ever have dreamed of.
In 2009, the company began to transition ownership shares and management responsibilities to a team of second-generation family members. Today, Leon and his wife Jean have three children involved in the business: son Carl and sons-in-law Jason Ash and Rob Haake, all of Norfolk.
Since that transition, Weiland Inc. has grown consistently and rapidly. In 2018 alone, the company’s payroll increased 40 percent from the previous year. Sales records continue to beat old ones. And now the company’s new manufacturing facility is more than double the combined space available at its old location and is designed for efficiency.
Beyond the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the event celebrated the company’s history.
“What this really is, is a benchmark for everything going forward for our company. A new platform for growth. This place here is really a manifestation of the culture that we’ve started years ago of really caring for the people that work for us,” said President Leon Weiland.