The American Dream
In 1982, an energetic entrepreneur with a strong work ethic, unmatched dedication, and a relentless “customer first” attitude laid the foundation for a company that would quickly rise to the top of the very competitive drainage industry. As owner and CEO, Don Colclasure has continued to build drainage installer Ag Drainage, Inc. and tile manufacturer Timewell Drainage Products on the very foundation that he started with 30 years ago. Along with the support of wife Susan, and sons Cory and Jake, Don used his vision and maverick business philosophy to build a company that truly is the American Dream.
A friendly card game in 1982 would prove be the beginning of what is now one of the fastest growing companies in the drainage installation business. At the time, Don was a hard working farmer with first-hand experience of the stress put on crops that are grown in a field without proper drainage. He was witness to low yields and even total crop losses due to an uncontrolled water table. During a game of 10-Point Pitch amongst friends, one of the gentlemen proposed selling his trencher and tile installation business. Along with a partner, Don and his wife Susan, purchased the trencher and started their own farm drainage installation company: C & L Tiling.
Following the harvest season, C &L Tiling hit the ground running. Experiencing a tremendous demand for drainage installation, Don and his employees put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to building a successful business. Still today, as owner and CEO, Don continues to set the tone for his employees. Day after day, year after year, he can be found in the field with his work boots on, managing drainage installation crews and ensuring that his company maintains its status at the top of the drainage industry. Truly a pioneer of the industry, Don has not only led the way for the C&L family, but for the entire drainage industry as well.
Vertically Integrated Drainage Installation
In 1995, as business continued to grow for C&L Tiling, the company began to experience some frustration as its tile suppliers were not able to keep up with the amount of pipe C&L was installing. Using his “customer first” attitude, Don made the decision that he had to be able to produce his own drainage tile in order to keep his customers satisfied. With the purchase of an HDPE extruder and the launching of the Timewell Drainage Products company in Timewell, Illinois, the business began manufacturing and supplying its own single wall tile.
Now with the ability to both manufacture and install drainage tile, the company experienced another period of rapid growth. It wasn’t long before requests started coming in from other farm drainage installers asking if Timewell could begin supplying them with pipe. Again with his “customer first” attitude, Don made the decision to do so, and Timewell began producing tile to supply other drainage contractors.
As C&L Tiling continued to grow, the decision was made to re-brand the installation division of the company in order to expand and reach broader geographic markets. Ag Drainage, Inc., more commonly known as ADI, took off immediately, rapidly increasing its footprint the Midwest. Now that the business was both a pipe manufacturing company as well as a drainage installation company, the vertical integration opened up opportunities that no other drainage installation company was able to offer. By doing so, Timewell Drainage Products and ADI began the rapid climb to the top of the farm drainage industry.
Your Farm Drainage Installer
Using extensive personal experience and rigorous product testing, ADI and Timewell paved the way for farm drainage as we know it today. Don has designed and had numerous plows and trenchers built to his specifications to maximize the efficiency of drainage installation and better serve the customer. Three decades later, Don and his family remain involved, spurring the company to continually be a leader in farm drainage installation.
ADI and Timewell are family owned and operated. Both companies are continuing to build upon the very same vision, dedication, and unmatched “customer first” attitude that they were started with. In only a few short years, ADI and Timewell were built from the ground up: started by a motivated entrepreneur with a commitment and a vision, and grown into the highly successful teams they are today.
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