Richard Sitlinger Retires from MI Windows & Doors

September 5th, 2019 by Editor

Richard “Sitch” Sitlinger retired from MI Windows and Doors last month, just before the 52nd anniversary of his initial employment day.

Richard “Sitch” Sitlinger

Sitlinger started with MI Windows on September 1, 1957, after meeting then-CEO Pete DeSoto while getting a sandwich in Elizabethville, Pa. DeSoto had opened an MI factory in the area a few months previously and DeSoto offered Sitlinger a job—requesting that he start that same day.

Pete said to me, ‘You’re my second shift, starting at 2:30 this afternoon,’” Sitlinger recalled during a 2017 interview. “That was the first time I met Pete, and that’s how he gave me the job.”

Sitch, who’s brother Sam worked for the company, took him up on the offer.

My brother worked for Pete and he always enjoyed it,” Sitlinger said. “I thought I’d join the crowd.”

Sitlinger was one of the last active MI team members who actually screened windows, and his work for the company took him all over the country, as he helped team members at other plants get up to speed. In addition to his travels, Sitlinger has worked at eight different MI buildings in Pennsylvania, settling down at his last location, the Hegins plant, where he’s spent the last 30 years in maintenance.

MI showed me the country,” Sitlinger said.

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