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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