Lowe’s installer thrives in Dayton

Highfield Door Sales, a Kettering, Ohio, business that installs garage door openers for nine local Lowe’s stores, has purchased and is renovating a 20,000-sq.-ft. former wine and beer warehouse store to expand its operations, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News

The family-owned business, which started in 2009 with just one employee, currently operates out of a leased 1,700-sq.-ft. building in this Dayton-area town.

Owner Rodney Highfield told the newspaper he built his independent company from a personal sideline into a thriving operation that did $890,000 in sales last year, up from $600,000 in 2010 and $400,000 in 2009. The business employs seven workers. 

Highfield began installing garage doors for Lowe’s in 1995, shortly after being hired at General Motors. In 2006, he used his buyout check from GM to start the firm, which sells and installs garage, entry and storm doors and systems. 

In addition to the $225,000 purchase price, Highfield expects to spend $75,000 on renovations for his new facility.