Change Is Good

When opportunity comes knocking, what do you do? For me, it’s a tough question. I usually fight change, which is ironic since my job requires me to change folks’ habits. But I answered the knock, and here I am.

My name is Dee Spencer, and I am the newest member to the Dunbarton Sales Team.

Since 1989 I have been in this crazy industry called “Doors & Hardware.” I do not regret a single day. Thereof course, have been ups and downs, but that’s life. There is something about this industry that seems to get in your blood. Those of you that have been in for a while understand what I mean. I knew this would be a career for me the first time my wife, Courtney, came back from a restaurant bathroom to tell me what type of toilet partitions they had and asked if I sold those.

I have been fortunate to have been involved in many phases of the industry. My career started as a distributor. After about five years, I had the opportunity to move into the independent sales representative side of the business, where I really found a passion. Now, I have the pleasure of being a Regional Sales Director for Dunbarton Corporation.

I never imagined this job would be a challenging one for me, but this is a whole new role. Not leading conversations and driving the direction of a meeting but instead providing support for my talented sales group is more challenging than it sounds. Finding ways that make sense for them, even if it is different than the way I might have done it did not come naturally at first. So, I am learning to sell from the background by understanding better where and how I fit into their agency to be more effective to help them sell our product lines and support them as independent sales agencies. They work very hard to bring Dunbarton to the market on our behalf, and I feel I owe them my very best so they can succeed. I am very fortunate in that regard; I have a Great Team to work with already.

When John Klesath, President of Dunbarton, knocked on my door with this opportunity, I knew that if I would jump to this side of the business, Dunbarton is where I’d want to land. Rediframe/Slimfold, as it was called back in the day, was top on my list of companies I’d open the door for and listen. I have very fond memories of working with Gary Tew, Wendell Floyd, Michael Bush, and Steve Love while serving as their ISR for years. The camaraderie we shared, challenges we faced, wins we enjoyed, and lessons I learned from Gary made an impression on me that I’ve not forgotten to this day.

So, today I am so excited to be working with a Great Group of talented people here in Dothan. Since my start, they have welcomed me in and are always eager to help in whatever way they can. Even Ralph will very politely listen to one of my crazy ideas for a new product or a change to an existing one. Then he’ll smile at me and turn back to his computer with a chuckle. I could tell stories about just about all the folks I have the pleasure to work with, but I’ll leave those for another post. Suffice to say, I’m glad I answered John’s call, and I’m thankful he and Douglas Webb have given me this opportunity to change and grow.

So, I’ll end with this to my Dunbarton Family, THANKS for making me feel a part of your GREAT TEAM!

There’s a Knock at the Door…are you going to answer?

Dee Spencer
Dunbarton Regional Sales Director

WOW 2022

Last week Dunbarton participated in Southeast WOW: Worlds of Work with the Southeast AlabamaWorks and it was a great experience. Southeast WOW is a 2-day event held at the Peanut Festival Fair Grounds for all 8th graders and 11th graders in the Wiregrass area. WOW gives these middle schoolers and high schoolers the opportunity to see various industries in our area so they may hopefully become interested in a career path that encourages them to stay here in the Wiregrass and work for one of these area employers.

We had two activity areas for students to engage in participation; measuring a frame sample to test their measuring tape reading abilities and a contest to see which student could screw in a hinge the fastest! The hinge contest winner received a Dunbarton mini measuring tape. Thank you to the Dunbarton employees that helped at the event telling about their office or plant job while demonstrating our product! I think fun was had by employees and students! We can’t wait for WOW 2023!

For more information on WOW (World of Work), visit their site:

P.S. Turn up the volume…

3rd Quarter Service Awards

The solution that keeps Dunbarton successful is our employees. We are so thankful for these 2021 third-quarter employees that hit 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years. We could not provide our customers with solutions and meet their needs without our employees and for that, we say a heartfelt, Thank You for your loyalty! Please let them know individually how appreciative we are for their time at Dunbarton.

Happy Retirement, Tony!

Thank you Tony for your many years of loyalty and dedication to Dunbarton. While Tony was an employee of Dunbarton, he was an advocate for employees with disabilities in the workplace in the TriState area. However, as hard as Tony worked, one would never know Tony had any disability! Tony represented Dunbarton and the hearing-impaired community well and we are grateful for your 31 years with us. It truly is employees like Tony that allow us to have a Made in America heritage. We hope you enjoy your retirement!

Happy Retirement Tony! P.S. Turn your sound on.

Dave Goetzinger Retirement Honor

Dunbarton President, John Klesath, said it best when talking about Dave’s retirement, “Dunbarton operates as a family and that makes saying goodbye difficult!” Dave Goetzinger has been a part of the Dunbarton family for over six years as the Marketing Director and Technical Director. We are sad to see him leave, but know he and his wife, Molly, have great adventures planned! We celebrated his time at Dunbarton with cookies, awards, a dinner, and a few funny gifts!

2nd Quarter Service Awards

We are so grateful for our employees and we love the opportunity to celebrate their milestones! This second quarter we have several employees that have been in the Dunbarton family for 5, 15, 20, and 30 years! We could not provide our customers’ with solutions and meet their needs without our employees and for that we say a heartfelt, Thank you for your dedication!

Donate to save a life!

We recently hosted a blood drive with Lifesouth Community Blood Centers. We had 14 prospective donors with 11 that were able to donate! When you consider that one blood donation can save up to three lives it is easy to see how donating blood can make a significant difference in someone’s life. One never knows when the life that is saved may be a member of your family, a friend, or a co-worker. Please consider donating when you see their red bus or call your local Lifesouth Community Blood Center.

Thank you to our employees that donated and attempted to donate! To learn more about Lifesouth visit their website, at

Thank you, David, for being a VVIP to Dunbarton!

David Hill was recently awarded the VVIP award for making 10 much-needed lance dies. David works in our maintenance department and has been with Dunbarton for 30 years this past October! We are thankful for his years of dedication to Dunbarton!

left to right: Ralph Linville – Maintenance Supervisor, David Hill – VVIP, Douglas Webb-CFO

Service Awards 2021 -First Quarter

At Dunbarton, we pride ourselves on finding solutions for our customers! One of the most essential ways we do this is through our employees. We are proud of the longevity of so many of our employees and celebrate their achievement. This quarter we celebrate eight employees who have been with Dunbarton for 5, 15, 20, and even 30 years! We are grateful for their knowledge and expertise these employees bring to their job performance. Thank you for your time at Dunbarton, and we look forward to many more years!