Milwaukee, WI (August 31, 2011) – U-Line Corporation, maker of premium undercounter ice makers, refrigerators, and wine preservation appliances sadly reports the passing of the company’s founder, Henry H. Uihlein.
Uihlein passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on August 30th. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday – 90 years filled with great achievements, passion for life, and giving to others.
Henry Uihlein was an amazingly smart, intuitive and well respected business person as shown through the transition of Ben-Hur into the founding of U-Line in 1962. His approach to innovation, manufacturing, engineering, design, and sales provided the foundation from which a successful company was built and continues today. He led the company until his retirement in the early nineties.
Upon his retirement Uihlein put the company in the hands of his trusted sons and the wonderful and talented employees; all responsible for making the company so strong. Those who worked with Uihlein had the utmost respect for him. This respect was based on Uihlien’s care and consideration for his employees.
On behalf of the U-Line Corporation and its employees,Jennifer Uihlein, current President of U-Line Corporation and granddaughter of Henry Uihlein states, “We are all working here today because he took his innovative idea, a stand-alone ice maker, gathered his top 5 employees at Ben-Hur, and started U-Line.”
Jennifer Uihlein paid further tribute to her grandfather saying, “He truly lived a great and full life. My grandfather was an amazing athlete playing years of football and hockey. He loved the outdoors, horseback riding and the beautiful state of Montana; he was a true “Mountain Man.” He was silently philanthropic supporting many important local charities and causes, continuously giving back to the community in which he lived. He also helped many people start their own small businesses through SCORE. I continue to be amazed at how many people I meet that tell me that my grandfather was instrumental in helping them gain the resources, tools, and courage to follow their dreams and open their own business.”
On his 90th birthday, Henry Uihlein said that he had “travelled a million miles,” which is not hard to believe. Through his travels he touched the lives of many people. Most importantly, behind the athlete, mountain man, businessman and generous giver was a kind family man who loved his wife, sons, their wives, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He leaves behind innumerable individuals who are grateful he was in their lives. He taught each of them lessons and values that they shall never forget and leaves behind wonderful memories of a great man.
For five decades, U-Line has been synonymous with innovation, quality and selection of premium undercounter appliances. Providing versatility for multiple applications, including residential, light commercial, outdoor and marine use. U-Line’s complete product collection includes built-in, undercounter ice makers, Combo® ice maker/refrigerators, Wine Captain® wine preservation appliances, refrigerators, refrigerated drawers and refrigerator/freezers. U-Line is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, and has an office in Laguna Beach, CA. For more information on U-Line and its products, visit www.u-line.com.
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