Friends, family and colleagues gathered outside in the cold Thursday morning to honor Buford Nalley of Doors by Nalley of Mooresville and Denver.
The gathering surprised Nalley, who discovered that Denver Construction will build a new facility for the business that will merge his Mooresville office with his Denver warehouse.
â€œIâ€™m speechless,â€ said Nalley, fighting back tears.
The secretiveness of the groundbreaking surprised Doors by Nalley office manager Joan Grassi.
â€œThe trucks were all idle so Iâ€™m sure he was getting nervous. Itâ€™s also unusual that theyâ€™re all out by 7 a.m.,â€ she said.
The company was started by Nalley and his wife, Debbie, 15 years ago in their home.
â€œThey saw their dream blossom into their business, and now another dream has been realized. Itâ€™s another chapter in the story of this growing company,â€ said Grassi.
During Nalleyâ€™s speech, he was moved to tears.
â€œEverybodyâ€™s been a part of this. We wanted a place where people can be taken care of,â€ he said. â€œThe dream to be under one roof is becoming a reality. Thank you.â€
Ben Higgins with Denver Construction said the new facility will be located off N.C. 150 and will house a grand total of 9,375 square feet, 1,800 square feet of which is office space.
â€œItâ€™s time for Buford to expand and move to a bigger location to house all of his materials and labor,â€ said Higgins.
Doors By Nalley installs and services residential and commercial overhead doors.
Construction is expected to take about five months, with Nalley ready to move in next spring.
â€œBufordâ€™s been a great subcontractor and we wanted to do something to say â€˜thanksâ€™ to him,â€ said Beth Slaughter with Denver Construction.
A surprised Buford Nalley is greeted by employee Kelly Elliott at the groundbreaking, a ceremony which came as a total surprise to Nalley. Jon Mayhew / LTN Photo
by Jon Mayhew