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What We Have To Say

See for yourself. Go inside Therma-Tru and get a variety of employee perspectives about what working here day-to-day is all about.

In Their Own Words

Employees from throughout Therma-Tru are sharing their insights.

  • Meet David Kruger, Process Engineer

    I would have never imagined how much actually goes into making a door.
    David kruger
    Nickname
    Freddy.
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    4 years.
    Favorite Therma-Tru Product
    I like the wood grain look of our Fiber-Classic and Classic-Craft doors.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Working with the steel door line and coil line.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Sushi or Prime Rib.
    Activities / Hobbies
    Snow and water skiing, boating, hanging out with friends, working out, enjoying the outdoors.
    Super Hero Power
    Being able to fly.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Ask the right questions in order to get the right results.
    What motivates you?
    Being successful.
    What’s your motto?
    Work hard play hard.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    Summer Hits 2015 Road Trip Radio on Pandora.
    What's the craziest thing you have ever done?
    Went sky diving and the guy attached to me couldn’t stop shaking after we landed for about 10 minutes… it made me very thankful that we landed safely.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Ask questions to understand the whole problem before you try to fix it and practice good communication throughout the plant not just where you work.
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  • Meet Rhonda Waggoner, Senior Marketing Specialist

    Therma-Tru can offer cultivating opportunities, challenging experiences, and new friendships - all within a rewarding environment.
    Rhonda Waggoner
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    3.5 years.
    Favorite Therma-Tru Product
    Classic-Craft American Craftsman 3-Lite Arborwatch.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Growing the retail business with exhilarating marketing initiatives.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Grumpy’s (downtown Toledo) Garbage Salad.
    Activities / Hobbies
    Golfing, architecture, cars, fine art, Modern Family and Game of Thrones (not necessarily in that order).
    Personal Hero
    My son — every day I want to be a better person for him.
    Super Hero Power
    Vision — I know what looks good, and how to make it look good.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Go to your boss with a solution, not a problem.
    What motivates you?
    I admire my colleagues’ successes, they are brilliant at what they do and have become the ‘resident experts’ in their field — this is what I aspire to be.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    M83.
    What’s your motto?
    Everything happens for a reason.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Lose the ego. Treat the janitor, intern or your work neighbor the same you would treat company leadership — you never know who will be your next boss.
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  • Meet Mani Ashelman, Vice President of Human Resources

    Therma-Tru is a team of people that work endlessly at making this company better. I consider myself lucky to work with this group, doing what I love. It doesn’t get better than this.
    Mani Ashelman
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    Just over 1 year.
    Activities / Hobbies
    Knitting, Photography, Painting.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Building our talent and capabilities.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Italian — Biaggi’s.
    Personal Hero
    My husband.
    Super Hero Power
    Flying.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Find joy in today.
    What motivates you?
    Helping people become the best part of themselves.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    Band of Horses.
    What’s your motto?
    If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month — Theodore Roosevelt. Look at yourself when something is going wrong. You have to own your role in it and do your part to fix it. Until you do, you will not find peace.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Challenge yourself. Be uncomfortable and take risks. Never stop learning, especially from those around you. Everyone has a lot they can teach you. Pick and choose your battles carefully.
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  • Meet Sydney Smith, HR Analyst — Talent

    Not many new college grads can make as big of an impact as I can by supporting our strategic plans in my daily job.
    Sydney Smith
    Nickname
    Syd or Syd the Kid.
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    1.5 years.
    Favorite Therma-Tru Product
    Vented sidelites because I love fresh air.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Finding ways to develop our talent!
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Pizza — Calvinos
    Activities / Hobbies
    Watching football, being active, reading and laying out in the sun.
    Personal Hero
    My grandpa — he was the mayor of Monroe, MI and really cared about making the community better.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Always be yourself! Never change to fit in, be a trendsetter and create a new path.
    What motivates you?
    Becoming the best version of myself everyday while helping others become better too!
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    Sam Hunt or Ed Sherron.
    What’s your motto?
    Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Always know your priorities. Get the important things done first so you can breeze through the easy stuff. Always make life fun, have a good balance between work and play.
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  • Meet Nick Thomas, Inside Sales Representative

    You have arrived in an environment where you have the best resources (people) to help you get to the next level.
    Nick Thomas
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    4 months.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Lead Generation, Outbound Calling.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Just about anything.
    Activities / Hobbies
    Reading, Golf, Fitness activities.
    Personal Hero
    King Solomon.
    Super Hero Power
    Ability to engage anybody, anytime.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take what you do VERY seriously.
    What motivates you?
    Helping others, giving back, paying forward.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    Dave Ramsey Show.
    What's the craziest thing you have ever done?
    General contracted my current residence.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Regardless of your role, if you want to aspire to leadership develop a servant’s attitude.
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  • Meet Tara Gutierrez, Corporate Quality Engineer

    Therma-Tru recognizes their employees' potential, providing them to grow as individuals and within the company.
    Tara Gutierrez
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    12.5 years.
    Favorite Therma-Tru Product
    Classic-Craft Rustic Collection
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Production support, driving continuous improvement activities, renewing and dissecting data.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Sushi / Asakusa
    Activities / Hobbies
    Gardening and landscaping, fitness, riding my Harley.
    Personal Hero
    My father.
    Super Hero Power
    Strength, durability.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Always keep an open mind; create networks with a diverse group of people.
    What motivates you?
    My daughter.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits.
    What's your motto?
    Never settle for anything less than pure genuine happiness.
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    Success is strongly measured by your ability to understand your audience and ability to get along well with others. Do not make others think you're superior. Treat others with respect and be humble.
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  • Meet Sydney Cooper, HR Generalist

    Therma-Tru has a culture unlike any other — we have the resources of a Fortune 500 company, but with a family-owned feel.
    Sydney Cooper
    How long have you been at Therma-Tru?
    1.5 years.
    Favorite Therma-Tru Product
    Classic Craft American with dentil shelf.
    How do you spend your day at Therma-Tru?
    Creating positive associate relations.
    Favorite Food / Restaurant
    Ciao! — Italian restaurant in Sylvania
    Activities / Hobbies
    Kayaking, hiking… just being outside and watching college football. GO BLUE!
    Super Hero Power
    The power to have multiple super powers.
    Best Piece of Advice
    Always strive to be the hardest working person in the room!
    What motivates you?
    Knowing that what I’m doing is making a positive impact on the business.
    What’s playing in your car right now?
    NPR.
    What’s your motto?
    Make today a win!
    What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?
    As a young professional you have to be hungry — hungry to learn more, hungry for more challenging opportunities… always be asking (the right) questions!
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