A Look Back At 50 Years Of Business
Technology’s Influence On Our Industry
A lot can change in 50 years.
In 1973, the average cost of a new house was $32,500. The average annual income was $12,900, and gas was 40 cents/gallon. And don’t even get us started on the price of a carton of eggs (45 cents…Those were the days!).
Yes, a lot can change in 50 years. Even in our own restoration industry, so much has happened over the course of five decades.
Technology has astronomically improved our ways of conducting business. Back then, the only way of reaching out for help when disaster struck was by scanning the yellow pages and praying to not hear a busy signal on the other end of the phone. Now – potential customers can reach out to us in seconds with the click of a button on their phones. Our internal systems are smarter; our response times are faster; the laborers and artisans are more talented, beneficiaries of the lessons learned from all those who came before.
How We’ve Changed
Here at Kelmann Restoration, we, too, have seen tremendous change in 50 years. In 1973, we had 5 employees – today, we have 85. In 1973, we had one building – today we have three locations.
And yet, what is most essential, the core of who we are and what we do – those things are, happily, very much the same.
Kelmann is still owned by the same family, purchased by Tom, son of Kelmann’s co-founder Jerry Kelly, in 2018.
Kelmann still values people above all else
Kelmann is still dependable, respectable, and trustworthy.
Thank God, some things never change.