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    Former GM Factory Worker Finds Success on the Heels of Recession

    Riverside, Ohio resident Marty Walling is no stranger to hard work. He started his professional career in 1977 on the factory floor as an apprentice at the Inland Division of General Motors. Multiple layoffs and inconsistent work helped him to decide on a career change into the building trades. After nearly three decades with one construction firm, he has gone out on his own, taking the leap into a new business startup on the tail end of one America's worst recessions.

    "I had always dabbled in building and construction, so I left GM in 1982 and went to work for a builder in Beavercreek who was putting up a 126-unit condo development," says Walling. During nearly three decades with the same company, Walling held the positions of vice president, treasurer and construction manager.

    Late in 2011, highly experienced and well connected, he decided to take the risk and go into business for himself. At a time when many small businesses were folding all around him, Walling chose to take control of his situation and gamble that Marty Walling Construction, LLC, would give him the independence and job security he wanted.

    One of the obstacles for new business owners is landing that first job. However, because of his diverse experience and the loyalty of those he'd worked with in the past, Walling's new firm was able to hit the ground running. Right from the start, his fledgling company could offer complete residential and commercial remodeling and construction services, from the most basic kitchen and bath upgrade to building new homes.

    "I've got a great team of professionals working with us including framers, roofers, plumbers, electricians and drywall hangers," Walling says. "A cohesive group that works together to prevent problems before they can happen." Working on the client's behalf, he is able to handle everything from permits and adherence to local building regulations to managing any subcontracting work that needs to be done.
    Of course, opening a new business requires some level of innovation to stay competitive. Walling found his by specializing in two construction areas steadily growing in demand: aging in place and energy efficient construction processes.

    As aging Americans try to remain at home longer, Walling recognized the growing need and became an "aging in place" specialist. Using specialized products for seniors, aging in place remodeling involves the application of safety equipment such as a walk-in bath tub or grab bars.

    Energy efficiency is a growing concern with any building project and Walling is a Certified Green Professional, specializing in various energy-saving construction techniques, including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). An ICF building combines polystyrene foam with reinforced concrete to provide greater energy efficiency (equivalent to R 22.4 insulation), as well as increased fire and storm resistance. Having these niche markets has allowed Marty Walling Construction, LLC, to offer more than the standard remodeling and contracting services.

    Opening a new business amidst a slowly recovering economy offered Walling at once challenge and opportunity and his intention is to focus on the Miami Valley region. "Our focus since starting the business has been on quality and building a long term relationship with our customers. I want to provide a level of service that will allow my clients to experience the ease of building."
    Today, a little over a year after opening his company, Walling credits his success to the support of his family, his faith and a work ethic grounded in a strong belief that giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate is paramount to personal and professional fulfillment.

    Over the years, Marty Walling has used his skills as a volunteer with Catch the Building Spirit , a collaborative between Dayton area Catholics and Presbyterians to build housing for low income families through Habitat for Humanity. In 2010, Walling also traveled to Haiti to aid in the relief efforts after the devastating earthquake that struck the country.
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