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Lexington Promotes Three at Window-Door Component Sites


August 31, 2021 | Bill Esler

Minneapolis, MN—Lexington Manufacturing, a large-scale producer of components for major brands in window and doors, named three new managers—left to right: Steve Bloch, Jake Bickell, and Jim Bouma—at its operations in Brainerd and Coon Rapids, MN.

Lexington Industries door component manufacturing.

Lexington is a full-service window, door and structural millwork component parts supplier, providing a wide variety of machining and fabrication services to meet specific customer needs.

  • Steve Bloch was named project manager in Product Development at the Coon Rapids operation
  • Jim Bouma interim plant manager for 16 months, will now oversee the C1 site permanently as Plant Manager. He began at Lexington 20 years ago as a machine operator, progressing to lead operation, and then production supervisor.
  • Jake Bickell was named C3 Plant Manager. After joining Lexington 19 years ago as a machine operator, he progressed to manufacturing lead, production supervisor, project manager, and process engineer.
Architectural flush door components produced by Lexington

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Lexington Manufacturing was acquired in 2019 by Watkins Associated Industries, based in Atlanta, GA. Privately-held Watkins businesses include real estate, food processing, insurance services, and building materials.

Lexington Industries Komo CNC operations

Watkins President Eric Wahlen says the stable, long-term management team at Lexington led by owners Bob Dimke, CEO and VP John Dimke, and Mike Dillon, president, attracted his company’s acquisition. They remain in place as Watkins invests into Lexington’s core business.

“We allow presidents of our businesses to operate independently, while partnering with them in goal setting,” says Wahlen. “We look forward to leveraging our core competencies of strategic business planning, disciplined investment, and operational measurement to help Lexington Manufacturing reach its goals for the future.”


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