Goodloe Yancey III and Don Yancey breaking ground on a new facility

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill calling for construction of 41,000 miles of limited-access highways that would link 90 percent of U.S. cities with populations of more than 50,000. The federal government would distribute $25 billion to the states over a thirteen-year period to pay 90 percent of the cost.

Georgia would eventually have more than 1,200 miles of interstate highway, including two of the nation’s major north-south transcontinental highways. The system design also included three interstates intersecting in Atlanta, connecting with the expressway system the city had built, further establishing the city as a transportation hub.

At Yancey Bros. Co., Goodloe Yancey III joined the company in 1954 after serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Goodloe III was L. D. Yancey’s son and Don’s brother. He began his career at Yancey by learning all aspects of the company, first in the shop as a mechanic’s helper, then the parts warehouse as an order picker, and the parts counter as a salesman.

Goodloe’s father, L. D., and his uncle, company cofounder B. Earle Yancey, passed away within six months of each other in 1960.

Goodloe III worked as one of the company’s first parts and service sales representatives, a machine sales representative, a sales coordinator, and later as sales promotion manager. In 1966 he became vice president of the company.

In 1969, the company relocated from Northside Drive to its current corporate headquarters in Austell, four miles outside Atlanta’s I-285 perimeter highway. Yancey’s new facilities gave the company room for expansion and growth into the next century.

In January 1970, company cofounder and retired president Goodloe Yancey Jr. passed away.

Don Yancey retired as president of Yancey Bros. Co. in 1974, and Goodloe III became president.

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