The Best of Both Worlds: Eisenhardt Mills Connects Tradition with Innovation

September 26, 2017
Amanda Zimmerman
The Best of Both Worlds: Eisenhardt Mills Connects Tradition with Innovation

From turning leaves to crisper weather, change is all around us now. At Eisenhardt Mills, it’s also a season of change, and I’m excited to share our ideas with you.

I’m Amanda Zimmerman, and as CEO of Eisenhardt Mills, I bring over 20 years of experience to my role, along with a personal knowledge of and passion for the quality craftsmanship that’s been the hallmark of our work for nearly 80 years.

Eisenhardt Mills was founded by my great-grandfather, William, in 1937. It took courage to strike out on his own, leaving a secure job to pursue his dream. But doing that in the middle of the Great Depression—that took vision.

I grew up with that vision, working at Eisenhardt Mills as a teenager, starting with tasks like filing, making copies, and answering phones. In my college years I took on more responsibility, working with accounts and billing, and from there I moved on to estimating. With every new role, I learned more and more about what it takes to keep that vision alive and vibrant: integrity, a strong work ethic, and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Eisenhardt Mills also has a solid tradition of innovation. In the 1930’s and 1940’s my great-grandfather leveraged his creativity to support the war effort, making ammunition boxes for the armed forces. In the decades since, our commitment to designing and creating the highest quality custom architectural millwork has led us to embrace cutting-edge technology, placing the most advanced tools in the hands of our skilled craftsmen.

I am proud to continue in my family’s tradition of innovation with a subtle refresh of our brand that emphasizes our ability to integrate our rich heritage with a capacity for growth. You can look forward to an updated logo with cleaner lines and easier-to-read font, and new marketing materials that will define who we are and what we do with a clear and compelling message.

We’ve also already taken strides to streamline processes and procedures, build a team of experts to ensure excellence and efficiency as we grow, and explore ways to expand our products and services.

In the midst of these changes, however, we remain committed to the standards and traditions that have earned us the trust of our clients for the better part of a century. We continue to use the traditional methods of construction that honor the skill and artistry of our craftsmen. We continue to value a staff that includes employees of 30+ years. And we continue to maintain a system of apprenticeship in which our more experienced artisans work alongside their younger colleagues, teaching and guiding them.

It’s these traditions that will guide us as we grow, and we want you with us every step of the way. Starting in October, we’ll be keeping you in the loop with a monthly email and blog post that will include the latest updates, special features, important information about exciting new developments, and exclusive, behind the scenes sneak peeks at what makes Eisenhardt Mills so special.

The vision that started Eisenhardt Mills is still unfolding. I’m grateful to be part of it, and honored to share it with you as we move forward together.