Milgard® Windows & Doors’ Patrick Heninger, a team member since 1999, was recently promoted to plant manager at the company’s Simi Valley, California, facility. Joining the company as a temporary worker over 20 years ago, Heninger quickly became a permanent team member and was promoted numerous times over the years. His most recent role as plant manager has him overseeing nearly 400 team members.
When new hires join the company, Heninger enjoys meeting them on their first day. After welcoming them and stressing the importance of safety, he tells them about his career path at Milgard and how they can strive to succeed at the company. “You have an opportunity to grow here,” he tells them. “The sky’s the limit.”
Heninger began as a file clerk before moving to screen expediter. From there he worked in purchasing and was a senior buyer before advancing to supervisor. “I tried to do the best I could no matter what I was doing,” Heninger said in describing how he rose through the ranks. “The opportunities came to me.” Along the way, Heninger aided his career journey by studying at the University of Phoenix. Using Milgard’s tuition-reimbursement program, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management.
Founded in 1958, Milgard Windows & Doors offers a full line of vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum windows and patio doors for builders, dealers, and homeowners. Owned by MI, Milgard operates plants in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. MI is a fenestration products manufacturer that owns and operates three brands: MI Windows and Doors, Milgard Windows & Doors, and Sunrise Windows & Doors. MI is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of precision-built and energy-efficient windows and doors. With more than ten manufacturing plants located throughout the United States, MI brands offer stylish, high-performance, and market-preferred products for both new construction and replacement applications.