Commercial door company in Apopka expands, hires

from the Orlando Sentinel

Increased construction in Central Florida is prompting Apopka-based Commercial Door & Frame Inc. to expand into a new building and hire at least 15 new people.

The hiring is a sign of the times, a stark contrast compared to 2009, when the company was forced to trim its workforce during the Great Recession.

The 23-year-old company manufactures and installs doors for schools, stores and offices. Commercial Door recently purchased a new 40,000-square-foot building at 500 W. Orange Blossom Trail in Apopka. It is currently in the process of moving.

“We will be doubling in size, hopefully within the next couple of months,” said Lisa Welton, operations manager. “We do a lot of Dunkin’ Donuts and Wawas. We’ve done Publix, hotels, Orange County schools, prisons, anything with a metal commercial-type door.”

The company is hiring welders, fabricators and installers. They are full-time positions, arranged through an employee leasing arrangement with DSK Group, a professional employers organization (PEO) in Homosassa. The welders and fabricators typically make a higher salary than installers.

Commercial Door is owned by Tim and Lori Peterson. The new building will expand production lines and allow the company to turn projects faster, according to Lori Peterson.

The company makes in metal doors, custom wood doors, overhead openings, frames and hardware.

Welton said hiring for skilled labor positions is sometimes a challenge.

“We find people with the skills but they also need to be reliable. We provide training for those that need it,” Welton said.

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