Our History

Cardinal Door & Hardware started over 20 years ago as just a thought. A salesman at our sister company, Russ Jones, let it be known that he had previous experience and success in the hollow metal door field and would enjoy getting something going here in the Tampa Bay area. The owner of the company, Jack Stolze, listened to him and embraced the idea. We started the division from scratch, farming out everything. The no-name company was born and expansion began!


We started with no dedicated warehouse or trucks and Russ as the only employee. Our sister company employed welders, so they started to learn how to work with hollow metal frames. Then we rented a small warehouse space and started some production, still with very little inventory. We started bringing in some inventory and growing. At that point we spun the new company off from the parent company and kept growing. We outgrew that facility and moved, outgrew and moved again and again as the company expanded, until we landed at our current (permanent) location, over 15,000 square feet with plenty of room for future expansion. During the growing process we added prehung wood doors, residential trim and entry systems to the mix. Our sales staff is now comprised of six experienced, top notch professional project managers. Our warehouse is staffed with experienced welders, wood door unit builders, drivers, warehousemen and an inventory control specialist.

Our Name

Jack Stolze, President and Owner of Cardinal Door, and Russ Jones, now our Sales Manager, both have roots in Saint Louis. Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals inspired the company name.

SO……… that is our history in a nutshell. Cardinal Door and Hardware has been and will forever be a competitive, driving force in the Central Florida marketplace. We are here to stay!