Articles by: Kristyn Smith
Friday, February 14, 1941, started out as a normal day for Bill and Philip Donley. They were lathing a house near Harvard Avenue and Lee Road for Donley Brothers Co. But after lunch, the brothers would make history.
As the story goes, their father, Ernest F. Donley, lent them and their brother Don $25,000 to purchase the construction division of Donley Brothers.
The United States was gearing up for World War II and Donley Brothers won some defense contracts, causing the need to expand. This gave Ernest’s three sons a chance to buy the construction division from their uncles.
“After lunch it came time to go sign the papers,” Bill recalls. “We went to an office—a bank or lawyer. Then it was back to work.”
The new company was incorporated as Ernest F. Donley’s Sons and has evolved over the last 80 years to our company today. Known as Donley’s now, we are proud to still be a successful concrete business.
We now have multiple locations across the country and continue to provide exceptional work in various states. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our last 80 incredible years.
Happy 80th Anniversary, Donley’s!
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We are pleased to announce Rachel Moviel’s promotion to Human Resources Coordinator.
Rachel started with Donley’s in 2013 as an Executive Assistant and became our Human Resources Assistant in 2018. She has done a great job coordinating recruitment efforts, managing the co-op/intern program, human resources reporting, and managing the performance management process. In her new role, she will continue these duties and report to Chief Operating Officer Steve Hamilton. She has been a wonderful asset to Donley’s and we can’t wait to see what she continues to achieve in this role.
January New Employees:
This past month, Donley’s has had the privilege of welcoming two new members to our team, Conor Forrestal who will be on site in Columbus, OH as a co-op and Mac McCann who will be working in our Raleigh, NC Office as a Project Engineer. We are thrilled to have these new members on board and can’t wait to see what they accomplish in these roles.
Welcome to the team Conor & Mac!
It is with great pleasure that we announce Mark Manti’s promotion to Director of IT & Security. Mark started with Donley’s in April of 2009 as a Network Administrator. He has taken on increasing levels of responsibility during his time at Donley’s. Always level-headed, Mark understands the importance of customer service and pushes the IT department every day to resolve issues quickly. Recently, Mark played a pivotal role in the company’s transition to concrete-only services by leading the CM post-transaction data migration project. It is not uncommon for him to spend time outside of normal business hours performing server maintenance, infrastructure upgrades, and general help queries. Mark is also earning a Masters Degree in Cybersecurity and using this knowledge to drive our security processes and culture.
Please join us in congratulating Mark on his new role!
Please join Donley’s in helping to support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank with their outstanding and critical work. Our organization is donating to help Greater Cleveland Food Bank deliver on its mission to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
Click the link below to make donations and read more about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s mission to provide food for those in need.
Scott Sweeney is Promoted to Regional Safety Manager!
Scott joined Donley’s in July as a Site Safety Coordinator. Before working for Donley’s, he was a firefighter/paramedic for ten years, then transitioned to work as a control operator/safety specialist at a refinery in Lima, OH. It was during the time at the refinery that he fell into safety and loved it.
In 2018, Scott began working with Tuttle Construction as their Director of Safety. He is excited to work on multiple projects regionally in his new role. Congratulations, Scott!
We are pleased to announce Dave Wooley’s promotion to Senior Project Manager. Dave started with Donley’s as a project engineer in 2011 and was promoted to project manager in 2013.
A few of his recent projects include the Legacy Village Garage, the Dealer Tire Headquarters Parking Deck, Akron Children’s Hospital Considine Phase II Addition, the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, and the new MetroHealth Hospital and Central Utility Plant. Also, Dave has been the lead project manager for Donley’s expansion into Pittsburgh, traveling to Pennsylvania to working on our first three projects there.
George Esner has spent the last two years helping execute Donley’s Concrete Group VA’s Move Forward plan – shifting us from a construction manager to a self-perform concrete market leader. During that time, he has helped to solidify our operations and build a strong team in Virginia. George has now returned to Northeast Ohio and will continue as the Director of Operations, but with a refocus in his position to touch all business units. He will be a liaison between operations and functional departments to ensure corporate processes are effective and efficient.
Specifically, George will support budgeting, job cost processes, and other operational accounting processes. He will also continue to be a developmental resource for all Donley’s operational personnel utilizing his passion for training and team building. George’s 18+ years of experience with Donley’s, complemented by his upcoming completion of Ohio University’s MBA program, gives George the perfect background for his new responsibilities.
Please congratulate George on his past successes and new role at Donley’s.
Billy Powell has been named Risk & Safety Manager at Donley’s. Over Billy’s 9 years at the company, his passion for safety and risk management has been demonstrated by his willingness to help out in all business parts. In this new role, he will continue to be a resource for the entire company on all safety-related issues, including developing SSSP’s, managing safety related incidents, and training on safety programs. Billy will also support the General Counsel and Operations in risk management, including general insurance claims, workers comp issues, bonding, drug program, and fleet management. He has been instrumental in developing our corporate safety program, during which time our OSHA Recordable Rate dropped 89% over 6 years.
Based on our sole focus on concrete, Billy will drive our goal to streamline our risk management processes and ensure safety and operations exist as one. We are looking forward to Billy’s continued success in this role!
Please join us in congratulating David Coleman on his promotion to Senior Project Manager.
David joined Donley’s as a Co-Op back in May of 2010. He came on board full-time as a Project Engineer in construction management a few months later. In 2014, he was promoted to Project Manager. Over the next 3 years, David managed several higher education and parking deck projects. In 2017, Donley’s began to focus on growing our concrete self-perform business in the Virginia market. At this point, David transitioned from the CM group and began working as a Project Manager within Donley’s Concrete Group. After managing concrete projects for another two years, David was promoted to Project Controls Manager and took the lead in managing our ISO certification process. He focused his efforts on fine-tuning our processes and looked for ways to eliminate waste across all concrete operations throughout the south east. During that time, David also took on the responsibility of wrapping up multiple CM projects while continuing his role in project controls and managing structural concrete projects.
We look forward to David’s continued leadership as we become the premier concrete contractor in the Virginia market. Congratulations David!