A Good Heritage

Lawrence Beachy

Lawrence Beachy

This month, March 13th to be exact, was the birthday of our founder and my father the late Lawrence Beachy and feel it is fitting to pay tribute to him in honor of the values that he instilled in us and in our company. He was born into an Amish family in 1930 as a twin, being number 9 and 10 in a family of 12, 6 boys and 6 girls. Dad was a farmer all his life, but also bought a backhoe from a local farmer approx. 1959 and it remains in the family to this day. He became the first person in the Plain City area to have a backhoe doing custom excavating on a full time basis. In the early 1971 he was ordained as a minister in the local church which led him to discontinue his excavating business to allow more time for his church work. In the early 80s land prices soared and the land he was renting sold at a higher price than he was willing to pay, so he started looking for other options. While also wanting to provide a job for me so that we could work together, after doing some research, he decided on what was then called “little red barns”, a term that is no longer applicable today. In the fall of 1981 at the age of 51 (my age today) we built several buildings and the following year was our first full year in business. As the business grew, farming was eventually discontinued.

In the early years of the Dad was involved in every aspect of the business, selling, building, delivering, buying materials, etc. As time went on, he was the primary delivery driver and did that until he was well over 70.  He spent his extra time doing odds and ends around the shop that no one else got done. Because the shop was at home, lots of evenings after supper were also spent tinkering around outside. Even though his physical and mental health declined rapidly in his last 6 months, he still showed up at the shop almost daily until his dying day.

Dad was always more concerned about giving the customer a quality product at a fair price than about making big money. He was more careful about the building he delivered to the customer, than he was about the vehicle he used to get it there. A scratch or dent on the truck was not a big deal. A little mud track on the floor of the new building had to be cleaned before it was delivered. He was a stickler for having cuts and joints fit tightly and looking neat. Higher quality materials also made for a better looking product. Taking an extra 5-10 minutes for those details was of utmost importance. He insisted on high quality materials and craftsmanship.

Did I mention Dad was not concerned about how the vehicle he drove looked? That is actually not quite true, but in a different way than for most of us. He was very concerned about the fact that he didn’t want anything he had to be stand out. His house, car, equipment, etc he wanted to be practical and useful, not for show. He said, and I truly believe if someone would have given him a luxury car, he would not have driven it because he didn’t want to be known for his possessions. He wanted to be remembered as for honesty, integrity, and providing a superior product at a reasonable price.

Even though he went to his reward in Sept 2007, it is still a common occurrence to this day for customers to tell us about how the old man with the little white beard delivered their shed. Some can go into great detail of how the whole process went 15-20 years after it happened. I don’t remember too many delivery drivers from that long ago, but he made a lasting impression on many people.

Dad is no longer with us, and things have changed over the years. What has not changed is the fact we will continue to do our best in providing the level of quality, customer service and satisfaction that has been in our DNA from the beginning. It is our goal to carry on the traditions and values that have gotten us to where we are today.

I invite everyone from customers, to former employees, to friends and relatives to share any memories you have.

–Dale Beachy

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