Success Stories

Larry Zaccagnini is opening lots of doors for companies in West Virginia. No, he isn’t a doorman at some exotic resort or hotel, but the owner of a small business called Capital Doors located in Fairmont.

“We install and service industrial and commercial garage doors, coiling doors, shutters, fire doors and many other specialty doors,” said Zaccagnini. “We’ve installed doors from the size of a regular entry door to hanger doors. Sizes can extend to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide.”

Zaccagnini purchased the business, which employs 15, in 1999 from Lyle and Bradley Helmick. He has worked at Capital Doors since 1990 as a sales representative and jumped at the opportunity to buy the business from the Helmicks.

“I worked and helped my father run a construction business for about 20 years,” Zaccagnini said. “So I guess you can say entrepreneurship runs in the family.”

Chances are you’ve seen or walked through a product from Capital Doors without... Read More

D.J.’s Diner located in Fairmont, WV, a family-owned restaurant specializing in classic American style food, is a classic example of how hard work can lead to success. It is also a good illustration of how the road to success is not without its ups and downs.

D.J.’s is owned and operated by the Rundle family, Donnie and Suzanne, along with their sons, D.J. and Erik. They work together to make the diner a unique experience for anyone who stops in. Donnie makes the sauces and specialties, including meatballs. Suzanne makes the desserts and D.J. handles the day-to-day management of the restaurant. Erik pitches in wherever needed.

“When we first opened in 1998, we worked at least 18 hours a day,” said D.J. “I personally worked over 100 straight days and a number of times brought a change of clothes with me.”

The Rundles came up with the concept of a 1950s and 60s style diner after years of research and community involvement. Donnie is a member of a... Read More

Little did Dallas Boyers realize when he opened a feed and farm supply store in the Marion county area in 1952 that it would evolve into one of the largest John Deere dealerships in West Virginia whose products can be found all over the world.

Middletown Tractor Sales is now operated by Dallas’ son and grandson, Jim and Adam Boyers, who make an excellent father and son team of small business owners. What Jim has taken and grown from his father Dallas, Adam has taken and grown to greater heights.

Dallas started the business in Mannington and sold farm equipment in addition to farm supplies and feed. In 1954 the business sold its first John Deere tractor and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. In 1971 the business expanded into a larger facility and was run by Dallas and his oldest son, Gary. Jim came into the business in 1978 and started managing the Fairmont branch in 1983. Throughout its long history the business has always been very “family” oriented. Elaine,... Read More

Jon Hammock believes that in order to create a successful high-technology business whose focus is on government contracts, you don’t have to be located within the D.C. beltway. If fact, you don’t even have to leave the state of West Virginia.

Hammock is President of KeyLogic Systems, Inc., a highly-recognized Information Technology company that provides innovative knowledge management solutions to several government agencies, ranging from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Defense

KeyLogic was created by Hammock and Cary Landis, two native West Virginians who left the state after graduating from West Virginia University to pursue high-tech jobs. Both returned to the state in the mid-1990s to work for a high-tech company in Fairmont.

With the creation of the Interstate 79 high-tech corridor over the past decade, they both realized there was the potential to develop their dream of starting a high technology company.

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