Back in Richmond from their war-time service and ready to strike out on their own, three Garber brothers pooled their money and started their own overhead door company, incorporated in 1953. At first the company operated out of Henry Garber's house.
At the end of each work day, Henry would drive the company truck home, park it on the back hill, and scrub down for the family dinner. Soon the business relocated to a warehouse at 4400 Williamsburg Avenue in Fulton Bottom and acquired the Overhead Door Company franchise for the Richmond area.
In 1975 the company moved to 2201 E. Franklin Street, close to I-95 and I-64 in the historic Shockoe Bottom area. Julian Garber took note of the poor roof condition (the building had been vacant for 20 years) and made an offer. Once the offer was accepted, he phoned his brother, Henry, who was visiting his daughter's family in Hawaii, and broke the news about the roof.
For many years, Garbers Of Richmond, Inc., was one of the few businesses located in Shockoe Bottom, which was largely abandoned in the 1960s. Extensive loft conversions and new retail have transformed Shockoe Bottom into a thriving area that's no longer really suitable for our kind of operation. Bowing to progress, in 2017 we moved to a new location near the Richmond International Airport: 5350 Lewis Rd., Suite I. Stop by and visit us!
Garbers Of Richmond, Inc., has made a strong commitment to supporting natural and recreational resources, especially for young people. The company is the primary business sponsor of nearby Gillies Creek Park and offers management and occasional labor for park improvements and maintenance. Over the years, this has resulted in an 18-hole disc golf course, a bicycle race track, and a set of regulation horseshoe pits that hosts regular tournaments.
Today, Garbers Of Richmond, Inc., remains family owned and operated and committed to the highest quality and service. Carl Otto, son-in-law of Henry Garber, serves as president. He's been with the company for more than 25 years, a second career he began after retiring as Commander from the U.S. Navy's submarine service.