Welhener - H.B. Wall Awning is arguably one of the most niche businesses in the area. As the area’s leading custom awning manufacturer, it’s also one of the most successful, with roots in the early 1900s and big name clients like Domino’s Pizza Inc., Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread Co., AT&T Inc. and Bass Pro Shops. We checked in with Welhener - H.B. President Scott Neville to talk about managing volume, keeping employees happy and finding success in a particular industry.
Neville, a Springfield native with a background in construction and real estate, purchased Welhener about 10 years ago. “I wanted to get my hands into a local business that was construction-based, unique and semi-specialized,” he says. The Welhener name was well known in the area and dates back to 1902. Then, about four years ago, Neville purchased H.B. Wall Awning, another local company with origins in the early 1900s. He merged the companies in 2014 to form Welhener - H.B. Wall Awning. Now, the company’s stellar reputation and high standards are reflected in solid relationships with all the general contractors in the 417-land area. For a highly specialized business like Welhener - H.B., that’s essential.