Lincoln Windows Co-Founder Passes Away

May 10, 2011

Jane Bierman, the co-founder and owner of Lincoln Wood Products Inc., passed away on April 29 at the age of 91. She had been actively running the Merrill, Wis.-based manufacturer until she suffered a stroke earlier this year, officials note.

Bierman founded Lincoln Wood Products with her husband Carl Bierman in 1947. Together, they started manufacturing many types of wood products and components. In the 1960s, the company evolved to be a manufacturer of complete wood window and patio door systems.

Attuned to changes in the industry, the Biermans established Timeline Vinyl Products Inc. in 1994. The then new operation manufactured vinyl windows to  compliment the company's wood line. From early on, the focus was on brand loyalty, ethical business practices, customer service and treating customers as friends, executives note.

After Carl Bierman’s death in 2002, Jane continued and even expanded her involvement at the two manufacturing operations, as well as many local community organizations. During her career, she received many awards and accolades at the state and local level for her industry achievements and generosity within the community.

"Both Lincoln and Timeline will endeavor to maintain the same level of manufacturing excellence and customer service that Jane and Carl have demanded and expected over the past 67 years," company officials noted in a release. "The entire Lincoln and Timeline family are deeply saddened by this loss and will miss Jane’s leadership and friendship greatly. Her compassion, drive and guidance will serve as a benchmark as the companies continue her legacy."