Design Institute America / DIA

American, 1971
Founded by Robert Cameron Winzeler, Jr. , Design Institute America was founded in 1971 as a renaming of Winzeler's Acme Metal Products. The company is known for it's modern and transitional furnishing and accents.    After college and military service as a first lieutenant in the Air Material Command between 1955 and 1957, Winzeler returned to Montpelier and joined the family business, Winzeler Stamping, a producer of custom metal stamping components for industries including home furnishings. Winzeler was named CEO and chairman in 1970. He left the CEO position in 1997, but retained the chairman title.   An entrepreneur, he founded Winzeler Pacific, Winzeler South and Acme Metal Products, which became Design Institute America in 1971. 
Designer Rick Lee, who won a table design contest sponsored by Design Institute America in the late 1980s, said Winzeler helped open doors for furniture designers. "He gave so many wonderful opportunities to many designers and artists," Lee said.
Design Institute American furniture design and accents remain popular today. 
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