We Are LaForce: A Brief Company History

LaForce History: A StoryThe LaForce story began in 1954 when Joe LaForce, along with a partner, bought a hardware supply business in downtown Green Bay. Three years later, Joe bought out the partnership and formed LaForce Builder’s Supply. In the early years, LaForce shared office space with Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers organization. Joe LaForce spent that first decade expanding the business’ product line to include commercial hollow metal door frames.

By 1969, it became apparent that in order to sell with consistent quality and make timely deliveries, LaForce would need in-house door and frame production capabilities. Fortunately, well-timed acquisitions of bending and cutting machines provided the necessary assets to begin manufacturing LaForce’s own line of innovative custom hollow metal door frames. The company later added its first wood shop.

Shortly after expanding the manufacturing process, LaForce landed its first job in the Chicago area, where the company has been an active and growing presence ever since. LaForce opened additional locations in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Columbus, and Austin. Eight of these locations were opened in just the last 15 years – a testament to the company’s focus on continuous, deliberate growth.

In the 1980s, LaForce was one of the first in the industry to begin using computer software to streamline processes. During this decade, the company also started offering pre-installation and pre-finishing services. In the 1990s, LaForce started offering security options to customers, and this has grown into LaForce’s current Security Integration division – a team of security experts that can design and manage security systems of any size. In addition, as environmental standards expanded, LaForce took on LEED designation.

Today, LaForce is one of the largest providers of commercial doors, frames, hardware, security products, restroom accessories, and building specialties in the United States. In addition, LaForce offers services such as custom manufacturing of doors and frames, product installation, pre-installation, pre-finishing, security integration, architectural services, fire door inspections, and key services.

Each division at LaForce specializes in a specific task from the start of a project to completion. These employees are highly educated and trained to be experts, so that they can complete jobs efficiently and accurately. Customized computer processes create seamless communication between teams, to ensure superior customer service. To support these specialized areas, LaForce utilizes its own fleet of vehicles, which allows better control over our delivery times.

LaForce’s Mission and Values are posted around the offices, as a testament to their importance. The company also supports active Wellness, Volunteer, and Safety programs for the benefit of all team members, in addition to a wide range of benefits and career growth opportunities.

LaForce is built around the strength of its employees and community. The growth of the company allows for the development of our employees by creating opportunities for their career paths and further training and education. With some of the most highly respected individuals in the industry on our staff, we are well positioned to teach the next generation of industry experts.

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