It’s the 40th Anniversary for Blue Sky Builders!
Do you know how rare it is for a business to celebrate its 40th year in operation? Of all new business start-ups with employees between 1995 and 2010, one-third failed within two years, and half failed within five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
We sure are enjoying our 40th anniversary and the start of another year building quality garages for our customers. We are even more proud of the fact that we are the oldest custom garage building company in this area that is still owned and operated by the original owner.
Yes, our memories go back, way back, to 1979 when we started Blue Sky Builders. We hope you enjoy sharing some of these sweet old memories with us.
We Had a President Before Social Media Existed: In 1979, Jimmy Carter was serving as the 39th president of the United States. He was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, class of 1946, who served on submarines until 1953, yet as one of his first presidential acts in 1977, he pardoned all Vietnam War draft evaders. After his presidency, he remained active in worldwide humanitarian efforts, winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work in peace negotiations, election monitoring, and disease eradication in developing nations.
We Enjoyed the Latest Fads: McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal in 1979. The federal government legalized home-brewing of beer. We watched one of the earliest home improvement shows, This Old House — which was initially controversial because building contractors were afraid the show was giving away their trade secrets.
We Wore the Hottest Fashions: The gals showed off in tube tops, we all wore Lacoste polo shirts with the alligator patch, and Brooke Shields let us know that “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins” (Calvin Klein jeans, that is).
We Listened to Our Sony Walkman: The top song of the year was “My Sharona” by The Knack. We also listened and danced to the Village People, Prince, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
We Longed for the Hottest Rides: The cars everyone wanted were the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Chevy Camaro Z28, Jeep CJ, and Cadillac Coupe DeVille. The MotorTrend truck of the year was the Chevy Luv 4×4 light truck.
One Thing that Has Not Changed: The quality of the garages constructed by Blue Sky Builders.
“I was always told to find something you like to do, and 40 years later, I still get up enjoying the work I do.”
- Rick Newtoff, Original and Current Owner, Blue Sky Builders
Building Custom Garages in the Chicago Area for 40 Years
If you want your garage built right, from permits to final finishing touches, by people who have been doing it for 40 years, call Blue Sky Builders. Our DuPage County custom garage builders are ready to work. Call us at 630-852-8485 for a free estimate.