L.D. Yancey / Don Yancey
After the war ended, America experienced the largest period of growth in our country’s history. Men and women returned to their families after serving in our armed forces and got back to making lives for themselves. The G.I. Bill provided veterans with funds for vocational and college educations, to purchase homes, and to start businesses. Our country celebrated by growing faster than ever. Larger families quickly led to the need for more housing, which led to the need for more commercial and highway construction.
John Taylor witnessed tremendous changes during his career at Yancey Bros. Co. When he joined the company as a new Georgia Tech graduate in 1948, the company was still located in its Whitehall Street building. “It was an old tin shed with no central heat and no central air,” he says. “We heated the place with wood in barrels, and in summer we cooled it with fans.
“Four Yancey family members worked in the business, Mister Goodloe, the founder and original president; Sid Yancey, the sales manager; L. D. Yancey, who was retired but came in to help with advertising; and L. D.’s son, Don.”
In 1951 Yancey Bros. Co. relocated to a twelve-acre site at 1540 Northside Drive in Atlanta, and in 1957 the company opened its second full-service product support branch in Macon.
At that time Yancey represented numerous companies and hundreds of products, from air compressors to drills to concrete buckets to rock crushers to concrete mixing plants. “We sold everything but the kitchen sink,” John Taylor recalls. Then in 1957 Don Yancey, who was vice president, made a decision to drop every product line except Caterpillar.
“Putting all our resources into selling Caterpillar was a great decision,” John says. “Caterpillar was a much better investment for us than concrete plants. The product line wasn’t as wide, but it grew and we grew with it.”
Two years later Don was named president of the company.
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Post-War Boom 1948 - 1959