March 29, 2018


Curtis D. Kuttnauer
Golden Circle Advisors, Inc.
(248) 896-8600 x300

Fred G. Manuel
Golden Circle Advisors, Inc.
(248) 896-8600 x301




Access Window, Door & Hardware, Inc., a long time and well-known Traverse City area business has been acquired by Access WDH, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI.  Former owners, Tim Louis and Kirk Nostrant, the original founders and operators of the company, will be working with the new owners, Jeff Smit and Barry Dyer to do as much as possible to ensure the continued success of the company.  Jeff, along with his family, plan on relocating to the Traverse City area and are excited about becoming part of both the business community and community at large.  Jeff, commented he and his wife have family living in the Traverse City area so this move is a perfect fit for business and family reasons.

Jeff explained that this is a move he and his family having been hoping to make for years and it is finally happening. “We are delighted it is finally happening and I look forward to putting my engineering skills to work and meet all of our customers and suppliers. There is much work for us to do and I am excited to get started,” Jeff said.

Tim Louis and Kirk Nostrant are pleased to have had Golden Circle Advisors (GCA), a business brokerage firm headquartered in Traverse City, act as broker for the transaction.  GCA’s Traverse City’s office is located in the Commonplace and has another office in Southeastern, Michigan; its President is Curtis Kuttnauer, a resident of Sutton’s Bay.  Curtis acted as lead advisor on the transaction.  Tim and Kirk have both expressed their gratitude to Golden Circle Advisors and, of course, all of the customers who over the years made Access such a success.  Tim went on, “We both believe, our success was possible because of hard work, but equally important, was and will continue to be the people who make the dynamic Traverse City region such a terrific place to do business.  As partners, Kirk and I are both grateful to each other for the opportunity to work as a team to build a great business and the benefit of doing it right here in Traverse City cannot be overstated.”

Both former owners agree, none of it would have been possible without an outstanding business and community environment provided by Northwest Michigan in general and the Traverse City market in particular.  Kirk added, “We are convinced there is unlimited opportunity for Jeff and Barry.  We have always found this area to be a great place to do business.  We are confident, they are going to continue a culture of high-quality customer service, along with providing the best in door and window products available in Northwest Michigan.


About Access Window, Door & Hardware

Founded in 2001; Access has become the leading distributor of windows, doors and hardware in the Traverse City area, serving both residential and commercial clients.


Golden Circle Advisors, Inc. (GCA) Golden Circle Advisors is a business intermediary advisory firm that specializes in working with small to mid-sized privately held businesses.  Working with owners in positioning and marketing their business for sale.  Using a comprehensive process to identify appropriate acquirers through various marketing methods and utilizing an extensive network, including private equity firms, owners of privately held corporations and individual investors.