February 14, was not only Valentine’s Day, it also marked our 75th anniversary.
Happy Anniversary to everyone at Donley’s and to all of our clients and team partners! Thank you for being such important part of our history and future.
Ernest F. Donley’s Sons was founded on February 14, 1941. The Founders started the business in February, 1941 by purchasing the Construction Department of Donley Brothers . Donley's started as a formwork contractor and jobbers of contractor 's hand tool s. At the time, there was a small lathing for plaster business, mainly residential and light commercial. The formwork business was mainly pans and open centering, plus beams and columns. For pan or one-way, joist jobs, Donley's was very competitive and was the only local source for metal pan forms. World War II started just after Donley's was incorporated and very quickly the emphasis changed from construction to industrial mill supplies, including saw sales and sharpening. The basic tool lines being distributed to contractors also had industrial application. The saw sharpening and hand tool business expanded and various lines were added that broaden the scope to include automotive tool jobber lines.
Today marks the beginning of our anniversary celebrations. You will notice that our new anniversary logo has been integrated into our website, email signature and letterhead. We will also creating job site banners that will be put in place in March. There will be many different ways that we celebrate this year, so stay tuned.