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Two Delden Garage Door Veterans Retire

Nov 30, 2017 7:42am


Sales manager, Philip Goff and purchasing manager, Larry Nauser have retired after 62 combined years with Delden Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Philip Goff was only 23 years old when Delden founder, Gene Renner hired him personally. Goff previously worked for La Crosse Lumber Co. based out of Mexico, MO. Prior to his working experience, Phil earned a degree in Building Materials Merchandising from State Fair Community College.

Goff’s 41-year career at Delden began as a salesperson for the St. Louis, MO location. Phil remained there from 1976-1983. In 1984 he was offered a chance to move back home to Kansas City. Phil jumped on the opportunity. During his time back in KC, Goff worked in wholesale sales, marketing and eventually promoted to sales manager.

Phil stated, "I would like to express my appreciation for the time I worked with all my customers throughout the Midwest. Of all the door guys, lumber dealers and my teammates at Delden, you guys/gals are the best. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you these years. I thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers, and I wish you continued success and good health.”

Goff’s retirement came unexpectedly early due to health issues. Upon recovery, Phil expects to take up golfing again and spend much of his time in retirement with his grandson and fishing. Goff officially retired October 31, 2017.

Larry Nauser arrived at Delden at 46 years of age. Previously working at his family owned, Inter-City Beverage Company then went to work for Broadway Commercial Sales. In 1996, Larry Nauser was hired by Frank Hays for the position of Delden’s purchasing manager. Nauser has a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

During Larry’s 21-year tenure at Delden, he operated and oversaw nearly all aspects of purchasing and logistics. Larry stated, “It was a pleasure working for Gene Renner and I learned a lot from him.”

Larry’s retirement plans include traveling and getting back into photography. He expects to continue residing in the Kansas City area. Nauser officially retired September 15, 2017.

During this transition, Joe Rethford will be handling Kansas City’s inside sales and working in new product introductions. Rethford has 22 years of experience in the garage door industry. Nauser is succeeded by Todd Whitney, former receiving supervisor and 13-year Delden team member.

Delden president, Denise Dahms stated, “Phil and Larry will be missed, they were an important part of the Delden Manufacturing team. Joe and Todd have big shoes to fill but I know they are up to the challenge, and I look forward to working with them.”

Delden Manufacturing Company, or more commonly referred to as Delden Garage Doors, is a wholesales garage door manufacturer and distributor. Delden is known for their “Experience the Quality” reputation, multi-line garage door distribution and custom door manufacturing. Delden supplies North America’s Midwest region with garage doors, electric openers, parts and accessories through six door centers: Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Camdenton in Missouri; Wichita, KS and Des Moines, IA.

Philip & Becky Goff

Larry Nauser and Denise Dahms