Franklin County Area Development Corp. honors Dave George, of D.L. George & Sons

Business leader started his career five decades ago in a ramshackle building on his family's farm

September 27, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • David L. George accepts the Zane A. Miller award Thursday during the Franklin County Area Development Corp.'s Industry Appreciation Dinner in Greencastle.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Franklin County, Pa., business leader with humble beginnings recently won an industry award for his accomplishments.

Dave George, of D.L. George & Sons, started his career five decades ago in a ramshackle building on his family’s farm. He is the latest recipient of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.’s Zane A. Miller award.

“I never expected to be more than a two-man operation, or when my sons came along be a three- or four-man operation,” George said.

Today, D.L. George & Sons employs 250 people in three segments — construction, trucking and manufacturing.

“The Lord has blessed me more than I could imagine,” George said.

The Franklin County Area Development Corp. named George its 2012 recipient of the Zane A. Miller award on Sept. 6. That night, it also recognized CAM Superline of Zullinger, Pa., as its small business of the year and Ventura Foods of Chambersburg, Pa., as its large business of the year.


“We look at Dave as being one of the most significant contributors to economic development in Franklin County in the past 25-plus years,” said L. Michael Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corp.

In his youth, George lived in a Harbaugh Valley, Pa., home with his parents and grandparents. The family was poor, but he says his elders taught him about hard work, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and always doing your best.

“I think I’ve built (my business) on the right principles. I’ve handed those principles down to my sons, and

I think I’ve handed them down to my employees,” said George, who lives in the Waynesboro area.

When George graduated from Fairfield (Pa.) High School in 1958, he wanted more than anything to drive a truck. He soon started using a 1946 Chevrolet flatbed truck to haul coal from Elizabethville, Pa., mines to people’s homes, where he would shovel the coal or use buckets to carry it into their basements. His second truck broke down on his way home from purchasing it.

“I had to work an outside job to pay the bills at my own business,” George said.

George, 71, had opened a garage made from slab wood he got from saw mills. When snow caused that building to collapse, he bought garages being demolished at Fort Ritchie and reconstructed them.

D.L. George & Sons later occupied a property in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., then moved to a site on Midvale Road in 1990. From there, it moved into the Landis Complex in the Borough of Waynesboro a few years ago.

D.L. George & Sons has purchased the assets of companies like Pipe Steel of Chambersburg, Pa., Tri Fab of Waynesboro, and Ricketts of Winchester, Va.

George said one of the best things about his business today is being able to work with his sons Travis, John and Trevor. He also is proud of D.L. George & Sons’ reputation among suppliers, subcontractors and customers.

To be selected for the Zane A. Miller award among all the quality businesspeople in the county is “extremely humbling,” George said.

The Landis Complex, which was vacated by the former Landis Tool Co. in mid-2008, could be an eyesore if not for George’s entrepreneurship, Ross said.

“He’s given back a lot to Waynesboro,” he said.

Previous Zane A. Miller Award winners

1993 — Zane A. Miller
1994 — Joe Ausherman
1995 — Sam Worley
1996 — Robert Zullinger
1997 — John L. Grove
1998 — T.K. Nitterhouse
1999 — Terry Punt
2000 — Bud Shuster
2001 — Dalton Paul
2002 — John McD. Sharpe Jr.
2003 — Julio Lecuona
2004 — Anthony Ceddia
2005 — Paul Dunlap
2006 — David G. Sciamanna
2007 — Charles Sioberg
2008 — Marelin Sites
2009 — Michael Christopher
2010 — G. Warren Elliott
2011 — Gregory A. Duffey
2012 — Dave George

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