Our Transition and Growth
This time proved to be a difficult transition of power as the company and the entire nation was experiencing one of the worst economic downturns in history. Dusty was able to steer the company through the Great Recession with the help of good advisers and good employees. We take great pride in never having to fire or cut pay during that economic crisis. It was a tough time for the company and the industry but ultimately helped GDS rise as one of the best and most well ran companies in the area. For GDS, the recession was actually a good time because it eliminated the “tailgater” companies that were not doing quality work and gave us the credibility we had earned. In 2010 Dusty met another doorman names Lane Jones who was working as a subcontractor to the industry. This turned out to be one of the best meetings in Garage Door Specialsits Inc.’s life.
In 2012 Lane Jones and Dusty Georges decided to merge the two companies of Garage Door Specialists and All About Doors to create a laser-focused set of companies. This merger allowed us to split GDS’s business into a specific residential company and specific commercial company. This allowed us to use industry-specific technicians to each segment of the garage door and dock market. This merger proved to be a great fit for both of the prior companies and allowed unprecedented growth for both companies. Because of the size of the new companies, it allowed us to attract some of the best industry talents in the area. We have been blessed to be able to employ some of the best technicians available in the area. From 2012 to 2016 Lane and Dusty were able to grow the business by 20 percent in each of those years and meet revenue goals we set when the companies merged. During this time they were able to grow a new segment of their industry which was being under served in the area. Gate operators and entry doors became a segment that was not an offering prior to the merger. This segment allowed us to offer commercial customers an end to end experience with there door, dock, and gate needs. From the front entrance gate to the back dock doors and equipment it allowed a “one-stop” for all access points in their facilities. In 2016 we were able to promote Scott Benge as our first ever commercial estimator. This has allowed us to better manage our bid work and processes associated with that segment of the industry.