For those who were around in the early 1970’s, today’s long lines and high fuel prices probably seem eerily familiar. Entrepreneur Denver Smith was in the insulation business during that first big energy crisis. He realized that conservation was going to be the key to beating the escalating energy costs and that insulation was going to be an important part of that solution.
With that belief in mind, Smith chose to go out on his own. He founded Liberty Insulation Company, Inc. in 1972 along with the support and help of his wife Nancy. Sadly, Denver Smith passed away in an aviation accident earlier this year but 36 years later, his wife and family keep his vision alive by maintaining the same level of customer service and dedication for which he was well-known.
“We are a family business, now into our third generation,” said Nancy Smith, who took over the management of the company after spend years at her husband’s side performing more administrative duties. She enjoys the business that her family has built and the challenges that it presents every day. “It’s exciting,” Nancy said. “I love the finances, the people we work with, and it’s different every day.”
In addition to Nancy, several other members of the family play important roles in the business today. Her son, Russell Smith, operates the company’s Cincinnati office and her daughter, Laura Meo.
“The best thing about staying in the family business was the opportunity to work with my father,” said Meo, who serves as the company’s operations manager. “My father was a very entrepreneurial person and gifted for business.” As the saying goes, the acorn never falls far from the tree and Meo is a good example. She has been with her family’s company for 27 years, beginning when she was just 18.
Sean Smith is the grandson of Denver and Nancy Smith. Sean works on the project management side of the business in the Dayton office and he is a third-generation member of the family to join the company. “Our primary business is in providing our services to new residential construction,” he said. “But we can also retrofit older homes with newer insulation products and technologies.” One of those newer products is a formaldehyde-free insulation.
Formaldehyde is used in insulation as a binding element that holds the insulation together. The chemical is primarily used in embalming or preservation of living tissue and it gives off an unpleasant odor.
Formaldehyde free insulation uses an acrylic binder that is colorless and odorless. “We only use formaldehyde free insulation,” said Sean. “The manufacturers do not use the chemical in making the insulation either, which means no formaldehyde fumes are released into the air.”
“Quality and integrity are our main goal and that has given us a good relationship with our customers and the community,” said Laura Meo. “We have built our reputation on the fact that we are a solid company and are here to stay.”
“We have a well-skilled staff and many of have been with the company for more than 30 years,” said Sean Smith. “We have the capability to do some things that other companies cannot do and we check every job carefully to make sure it meets our standard of quality.”
“A client of ours called my father a pillar of the community,” said Laura Meo. “We want to service our clients well because it matters from the builder to the homeowner.” Liberty Insulation is known for being a community-oriented company but they can also service insulation needs in the Greater Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and South Eastern Indiana areas.
Liberty Insulation has regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call (937) 233-9986 or go online to www.libertyinsulation.com