D. Jay DeFoor, president and co-owner, DeFoor Drywall Supply, 2250 Barnes Road at Hawkinsville Road, 478-781-9760.
How long have you been in business?: DeFoor and his brother Tim DeFoor, vice president and co-owner, grew up in the business their father started in 1966.
“I was sweeping the floors when I was 9 or 10 years old, and my brother did the same thing. We literally grew up from children through teenage years to adult years in the business.”
They opened a branch in Atlanta in 2000 “and that’s been a big part of our growth.” The business has about 50 employees including the Atlanta office.
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What do you like best about your job?: “I would say what I like best after I’ve been in the business so many years is that we have developed a good team of employees and sales people. ... I like that we all work as a team ... from the bookkeeping to the billing to the salespeople.”
What is your specialty?: “We sell a full line of drywall materials, and that includes metal studs for commercial projects ... as well as acoustical ceiling products, which is used commercially, and fiberglass insulation and stucco products.”
They serve both residential and commercial customers.
“We have drywall boom trucks. ... The way we specialize with our delivery ... we put (the drywall) where it goes on the job to get it where the customer needs to use it.”
What are your future plans?: “We don’t have any immediate plans. ... Long term we would like to grow and open more locations.”
-- Linda S. Morris