About Hanabury and Sons Paving
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More than five decades ago, three young men enjoying the last skiing weekend of the season discussed future plans. Walter Nelson wished to move to California, but was hesitant to leave his dad Carl alone to operate his small part-time paving business.
The two other men, Bruce Merrill and Dick Hanabury, decided it might be a good idea to purchase Carl’s business, which consisted of a homemade asphalt roller and an old Dodge® dump truck for the pricey sum of $2,000 ($600 down and the rest paid in monthly installments).
At the end of the first paving season, the profit was just enough to buy a pair of Head™ skis for Bruce and Dick. Bruce had enough and sold his share to Dick. Carl decided to stay on and help the newly-named company, Hanabury & Sons, Inc., and his quasi-adopted son Dick, build a successful paving company.
In 1977, the company was incorporated and, in 1983, Mark Hanabury joined the firm in a full-time capacity subsequent to his college graduation. Mark’s addition proved to be a huge impetus for the business’ growth in volume and quality.
The firm is a long-time member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, has been consulted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office on driveway standards, and has participated in Home & Garden® TV demonstrations and driveway construction.
Bruce later founded the successful Mid Cape Roofing Company and Walter started the Silicon Valley company Crystal Tech.