Olympic Drywall: 60-year history of serving communities with installations and repairs – Salisbury Post
By Natalie Anderson
SALISBURY – A drywall company has served the local community since 1997, but had earlier roots in Buffalo, New York and Port Charlotte, Florida.
Olympic Drywall’s Ronnie Wetzler was founded in Buffalo in 1955 and took over his father’s business in 1979 and relocated the company to Florida. He sold the company – with the exception of the name – in 1990 and moved to Salisbury to “retire”.
But in 1997 Olympic Drywall was back and it “became famous in the construction industry here,” said Wetzler.
“I only wanted one house a week to keep myself busy because I’ve never sat still,” he said. “All the (local) builders wanted me at work and said, ‘Why don’t you start your own business? ‘And I said, “I’ve been up and down this street.” ”
Then he spoke to his wife, Vickie, who said, “Let’s do it.” Vickie is the registered owner of the company, and Ronnie said he was a consultant.
According to Ronnie, Olympic Drywall provides quality finish for services such as drywall installation and repair, and ceiling removal and repair for commercial and residential buildings. In addition to Rowan County, Olympic Drywall serves Cabarrus, Iredell, Davie, Davidson, Stanly, and Mecklenburg counties.
“You give us a call and it’s done right the first time,” said Ronnie.
The name implies a connection Ronnie has with exercise. His father started car racing in the late 1950s, and Ronnie helped him before racing himself in 1979. In 1990 he said he won a race at Desoto Speedway in Florida, which has since closed.
Along the way, Ronnie made friends with athletes, including professional wrestler Lawrence Wendell Pfohl, better known as “Lex Luger”. They bonded in church for their love for the Buffalo Bills, which ultimately led Lex Luger to hand Ronnie a # 12 jersey from former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly – a jersey Kelly said wore in a playoff game he.
Olympic Drywall employs 25 full-time subcontractors, and Ronnie said the company offers workers’ compensation if the subcontractors don’t have it.
Those subcontractors include 35-year-old son Ryan, who expects to take over the business at some point. He has been involved since he was 16.
Ronnie said Ryan and his friend Frankie were “two of the best finishers here”, adding that “everyone wants them at work”.
“I supply all of the materials, all of the manpower,” said Ronnie. “I can use whatever I want to use. I know what works and what doesn’t. “
Olympic Drywall is located at Ronnie’s home at 2605 Artz Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Call reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.