David Henry Schmidt worked in carpentry his entire life, from a model shop at McDonnell Douglas to cabinet shops at home in St. Charles. He loved what he did. However, it didn’t take long for him to realize that there was a growing need for commercial cabinetry and fixtures. With a true entrepreneurial spirit, he took the leap, purchased several acres of pasture in St. Charles, and literally built his own custom cabinetry business to cater to the commercial market.
With his family’s support and the help of his first full time employee, Paul Bolte, still with the company today, David grew the business. He expanded his shop several times and eventually built his family’s home there. Then in 1978 the company created a milestone when a new facility at 101 Boone Hills Drive in St. Peters was erected. There wasn’t even a paved road to the facility yet, but the area developed quickly and before long there were several additions to this new building.
David’s company wasn’t his only pride however; he also nurtured an extraordinary family that supported him. His family grew up cleaning saw dust out of their ears and they loved Dave for everything that he did. In 1992 David retired and left his youngest son Richard as President of the company. He was so enthralled with the business that the day after his retirement, Rick, who fully expected Dave to show up to work still, had to call Dave to find out where he was. Dave comically replied, “I’m retired!” yet he still showed up the next day none the less. David never let his family or the company out of his sight, and often came in to help out and work on various projects.
Sadly, David was diagnosed with cancer and passed away before the new millennium came. However, his memory, legacy, and love continue on through his family and the business he created.
We don’t have a catchy, high-tech designer name, and there’s a good reason for that. In 1966, David Henry Schmidt began a custom cabinetry business and thought the most honest name he could give his new company was his own name. After all, he put a piece of himself in every job he delivered. So that’s what he named his company, and it stuck.
David H. Schmidt Company Inc. has continued to grow through the years with new machinery, processes, facilities and devotion. Today, the company boasts a 35,000 sq. ft. facility with several CNC Routers and a whole list of custom machinery to create whatever challenging designs we can get our hands on.