Founder Earl Smith, at 65, is in the process of passing the business along to son Kevin, 45, who has taken on much of the day-to-day handling of the operations over the past six years. "Dad still estimates and is a great asset," according to Kevin.
Earl says he retired three years ago "but nobody told me." He hopes this year will be his last, marking 49 years in the sheet metal business. Like many, he started the business out of his home, in a two stall garage back in '71. He nailed down enough work to allow him to move out before winter set in, moving into a 3,500-sq.-ft. rented space, and has been expanding, more or less, ever since.