DEBARY — During the Great Recession, Damon Kruid responded by doing something most other local business owners didn’t, or couldn’t: he grew his Deltona construction company, DBK Inc., and related side businesses by offering more services.
Now that the economy is recovering, Kruid has been steadily adding to his workforce, which has now grown to 48 employees, and has opened two satellite offices in North Carolina and South Florida.
That growth has created a need for a bigger building to house his headquarters operations.
Friday, at 9 a.m., DBK will celebrate its move to a larger location in DeBary by holding a public ribbon-cutting event that will be attended by local elected officials and members of the DeLand Area and West Volusia Regional chambers of commerce.
The 13,500-square-foot former Browning Press building at 398 S. Shell Road in Springview Industrial Park is more than three times the size of the company’s previous headquarters building in Deltona.
The company bought the building earlier this year.
“We had less than 4,000 square feet and just needed more room. We have 30 trucks and needed a place to park them,” said Kruid, DBK’s chief executive officer and owner. “I’ve been looking a long time at this building. It really fits our needs.”
Kruid said his company is investing about $100,000 to renovate and upgrade the building that has stood empty for the past two years.
The additional space will allow DBK to increase its parts and supply inventories and add at least 10 more employees locally, Kruid said. DBK’s headquarters staff currently numbers 37 workers.
“We are ecstatic to get a company like DBK to move to the city of DeBary,” Mayor Bob Garcia said. “I think it will be a shot in the arm for us and will help get others to open their eyes and see what we have to offer at the park. To keep those 40 jobs in the area is great. Almost all those employees live within a 10-mile radius, in Deltona and DeBary.”
Kruid was installing security systems for a national company in 2001 when he decided to start his first business, National Fire Security. He opened an office for that business close to his Deltona home.
He later added a construction business that focused on renovating apartment and condo complexes as well as a gate/fence business.
In August 2012, Kruid consolidated his businesses under the new name, DBK.
“We are a full-service solutions company. A one-stop shop,” Kruid said. “I want to be able to go to a home, apartment building, condo or business and provide anything they need.”
Services now include security and fire system installation, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, painting, drywall and mold removal.
Darryl Colwell was hired in January as DBK’s new chief operating officer.
DBK, which also markets its services to homeowners, opened offices this year in Miami and High Point, N.C., with plans to soon add an office in the Tampa area.
“We see a need in the residential market for one company to provide homeowner with multiple services.” Kruid said. “For us, economically, it’s more steady.”