The DUNN Advantage
Dunn Company is a Trusted Industry Leader
We are a dedicated team of solution-oriented professionals with unmatched expertise, always seeking new and more innovative ways to solve problems. This progressive approach enhances the environment and increases the bottom-line for our customers. We provide your team with the knowledge and tools they need to make smart, effective pavement and base solution decisions.
Less Risk, More Satisfaction
Working with Dunn Company means less risk and more satisfaction, and our clients appreciate our willingness to go beyond the requirements of the job. When you partner with Dunn Company, you gain a partner for the long haul.
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Dunn Company – The Journey from Coal to Asphalt
Dunn Company began as a side business in the summer months for a Decatur retail coal yard in the 1940s, but is now a leader in the paving, milling and stabilization business with nearly 100 employees.
Founded by David W. Beggs, Jr., who also owned Decatur Coal Mine, Dunn Company was one of 26 retail coal yards in Decatur at that time. The company was named in honor of Beggs’ wife, Melba, whose maiden name was Dunn.
Dunn employees worked in the coal business during the winter months, but continued with the company in the summer months when their jobs changed to paving work using cold mix asphalt. Both businesses used the same trucks and equipment, and the company was strategically positioned near a railroad, making it a prime location for delivery of materials.
In 1966, David W. Beggs, III ran into his old friend, Frank Tyrolt, in Chicago. Tyrolt was working as a pharmaceutical sales manager, but was intrigued by Beggs’ suggestion that he join him at Dunn as a partner and general manager. By that time, Dunn was one of only four coal yards left in the city, serving mostly residential customers.
The following year, Tyrolt recruited his former co-worker, Bernie Naber, who had worked for him in pharmaceutical sales, to join the company. Tragically, just two years after Tyrolt joined Dunn, Beggs died in a car accident in 1968.
That same year, Tyrolt, Inc. was formed with 12 employees and annual gross sales of $250,000. Tyrolt became President and CEO, owning 75 percent of the company, while Naber became Vice President and COO, owning 25 percent. Also that year, the company renovated a small asphalt plant and switched its business to hot mix asphalt.
As coal dealers slowly closed their doors, Dunn Company continued with its asphalt paving business. While asphalt paving took over as the primary business activity, Dunn Company continued to supply retail coal until 1999.