Today I’d love to share a “behind the scenes” story about a fellow Dura Supreme team member. We have a lot of long-term employees at Dura Supreme, one of them is Merlyn Schmieg. Merlyn has worked for Dura Supreme for over 47 years. When I asked him about his longevity at Dura Supreme and his commitment to the Company, he simply answered, “You just don’t stay at a place unless you have a good experience.”

In 1968, just a few months after he completed basic training for the National Guard and graduated high school he had two more major changes in his life … his new job at Dura Supreme Cabinetry and his new 1965 Chevy Impala! “I drove that car to my first day of work, it holds a lot of good memories …” Merlyn explained.

Merlyn with the original 1980’s Dura Supreme curved door proto-type.

Over the years he has played a key role in Dura Supreme’s product development and engineering departments, developing new products and manufacturing processes to ensure quality and innovation.

In the late ’80s many cabinet manufacturers began to introduce curved doors. Keith, the owner of Dura Supreme Cabinetry, had mentioned the idea to Merlyn, who had already been intrigued and pondering the idea. Inspired, Merlyn went home that day and began tinkering in his home shop. It wasn’t three weeks later, Merlyn walked in with the first prototype of a Dura Supreme curved door.

Merlyn with the original 1980’s Dura Supreme curved door proto-type

Merlyn just hung his hat up for retirement. On his last day, he surprised us all once again when he arrived in the same restored 1965 Chevy Impala that he had driven his first day 47 years ago!

Merlyn's last day at Dura Supreme with the same car he drove to work on his first day of work in 1968.

We wish him the best and would like to say thank you for his time and dedication to Dura Supreme. It’s been a great ride!

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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