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Passing the torch: Detroit Lakes Overhead Door sells to new ownership

Tim Lamb, former owner of Detroit Lakes Overhead Door, has sold his business to Todd Goodwin, an employee who has been working with Lamb for a while and learning the trade. Kaysey Price / Tribune1 / 2
Detroit Lakes Overhead Door sells, services, and installs residential and commercial garage doors. Submitted Photo2 / 2

When one (garage) door closes, another one opens.

Tim Lamb, owner of Detroit Lakes Overhead Door for the last 29 years, has sold his business to Todd Goodwin, an area man who has been shadowing Lamb for some time now, hoping to take over.

"Todd's been with me for a while now, and he approached me with his ideas. We came to a conclusion that now would be a good time for him to take over," said Lamb, explaining how the sale of his business came about.

Goodwin moved to Detroit Lakes a few years ago with his wife. His background is in construction, and he says when he gave garage door repair a shot, he took to it right away.

"We decided maybe just to have me work for him for a while, and see what I thought. It was maybe two months in, and I was like yeah, let's get this rolling," said Goodwin. "It's something that not everybody can do, but it's something that when you learn how to do it, it's pretty simple stuff."

Goodwin's ability to pick up on the mechanics of the business and his desire to work for himself melded well with the opportunity he says just sort of fell into his lap.

He says he's dedicated himself to the business, and he's eager to keep things rolling over at Overhead Door.

"We still offer the same quality service that the City of Detroit Lakes has been receiving since 1990. We are eager to continue providing Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas with fast, reliable, and efficient overhead door installation, maintenance, and repairs. As the old saying goes, 'We're large enough to compete, but local enough to care!'" Goodwin wrote in a Facebook post on the business's new page.

While the business will mostly remain the same under Goodwin's new ownership, Lamb says he is excited Goodwin will be able to bring back 24-hour emergency service, something Lamb had to give up doing a while ago.

"It's a young man's game," said Lamb.

Now that Lamb has sold and turned over the reigns of his business, he still plans to still stick around for a while, though. He will step down and take the general manager position and run the sales side of things.

"Everything will remain the same. Nothing will change. Everyone can expect the same, quality service that they've come to know from their only locally-owned and operated garage door company," said Lamb.

Overhead Door sells, services, and installs residential and commercial garage doors. They have been in business for nearly three decades and counting. They currently are housed in a building in the industrial park, but Goodwin says the business will see one more change under his ownership, soon moving to a building near Spaceman Storage on Highway 34 East.

Goodwin says the plan is to conduct business out of the new location as long as it serves him well.

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