Our Company History
Founded in 1950 by Tom Giel, our company was incorporated in 1974. During the 1980’s, father and son worked to transform the business from a “mom and pop” shop to a corporation that today has 25 to 30 full time employees, with 18 full-time trucks to service their customer's needs.
Edward B. Giel assumed ownership and presidency of the company following his father’s retirement in 1989. His business education at Robert Morris University has been a valuable asset, both in his position as President and also in managing sales for the corporation. Key staff members also play important roles.
Thomas V. Giel Corporation is a Distributor for all leading garage door companies, and in 2003/2004, was recognized by the International Door Association as the 29th Top Door Dealer Worldwide.
The company furnishes and installs garage doors for residential and commercial customers in a wide range of colors, sizes, and models, including carriage house doors, as well as electric garage door operators, garage door monitors, garage screen systems, garage organizers, entry doors, storm doors, retractable awnings and solar window shades for home and business. We work with customers to help discover what is important for them when replacing, maintaining, and servicing any of our products. A fair amount of Giel’s business is in the retrofit area for individual homeowners. Proud to offer honest, quality workmanship, Thomas V. Giel Corporation backs it up with a “Written Labor Warranty”, and proudly follows the IDA Code of Business Conduct as well as Regional and National Safety and Building Codes. Employees are required to attend monthly safety training courses, and installation and service crews are trained in First Aid and CPR.
We promise with Thomas, you’ll get the Best Giel in town!
What do builders say about Thomas V. Giel Corporation?
“Thomas V. Giel provides what we need, when we need it at a price we feel is justified” and they are able to meet many special needs because of their size and dependable service of their employees”.
Thomas V. Giel Corporation is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), North Suburban Builders Association (NSBA), Westmoreland Professional Builders Association (WPBA), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Builders Club. Ed has served on the Advisory Board of the Clopay Corporation for the tri-state area, served on the Advisory Board and the Presidents Council of the North Suburban Builders Association, and is a member of the Tri-State Construction Network Board of Advisors.
Ed, his wife Jacqueline and his daughter Candice all work in the business. Ed and Jackie have three children: Candice, Lindsay and Taylor. Ed and his family are active in sports, cultural, and community activities. Ed also likes giving back to the community through many volunteer hours and corporate sponsorships.
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