Since 1967

Grayhawk is 55 years old and has a long history as an industry leader, but our focus remains fixed on the present, just as it always has.

General contracting & construction management customers rely on us now more than ever to help bring their buildings to life by being their well-organized, expert trade partners.  Grayhawk provides the essential thinking, planning, and problem solving that goes into constructing a successful commercial or institutional building.

Grayhawk’s Core Values:

  • We listen first.

  • We are always fair.

  • We promote accountability at all levels.

  • We believe in constant learning.

  • We embrace creativity.

  • We are problem solvers.

  • We look for solutions.

City Center
Lexington, Kentucky

1971

William A. Bell purchases Drywall, Inc., which was initially incorporated on March 18, 1967 in Kentucky. At the time it was a small, almost dormant residential drywall company. Mr. Bell infused new life into the company to make it one of Lexington, KY’s finest residential drywall subcontractors.

The company started moving from the residential market into the commercial market, adding metal framing, acoustical ceiling systems and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) to its repertoire.

1970s

1979

Mr. Bell had a vision, which propelled Drywall, Inc. into the prefabricated exterior wall panel business. He felt off-site manufacturing of exterior wall panels could compress construction schedules, improve both productivity and quality and add diversification to his company.

After one and one half years of testing the concept, Mr. Bell formed a new company named Panel Tech, Inc. (incorporated in Kentucky on August 3, 1981). Panel Tech, Inc. flourished as manufacturer/erector of prefabricated exterior wall panels and subcontractor for field installed EIFS, while Drywall, Inc. continued to focus on metal framing and interior finishes.

1981

1982

Prior to the start-up of the new business, Mr. Bell hired a moonlighting consultant, Mark E. Nabity, to design his panelized projects. They worked together in this fashion for about nine months until Mr. Bell offered Mr. Nabity the opportunity to join his new company. Mr. Nabity accepted the offer in 1982 and was running Panel Tech, Inc. within three years, while Mr. Bell focused his attention on the management of Drywall, Inc.

The two companies continued to grow and prosper in a sister company relationship throughout the decade. In late 1989, Mr. Bell and Mr. Nabity examined the relationship between both companies and decided there was no advantage to operating two separate companies.

1980s

1990

On April 1st, Drywall, Inc. and Panel Tech, Inc. were merged to form Grayhawk Corporation. Mr. Bell and Mr. Nabity co-managed the new company as CEO and President respectively.

In March, Grayhawk, LLC opened a branch office of Grayhawk Corporation in Louisville, KY. The business plan for the new office was to create an employer presence in Louisville, build a loyal and competent work force and pursue profitable projects within the Louisville metro area. Through hard work and persistence the plan worked, and today Grayhawk, LLC is one of the largest and most successful drywall subcontractors in Louisville.

1994

Alltech Global Headquarters
Nicholasville, Kentucky

1996

Looking for further diversification, Grayhawk, LLC entered into an agreement with MiTek Industries, Inc. (now Aegis Metal Framing, LLC) to become a licensed fabricator of the Ultra-Span Light Gauge Steel Truss System. This business line, motivated by code mandated non-combustible construction, has shown steady and continued growth. In early 1996, Mr. Bell and Mr. Nabity began to formulate a succession plan that would guarantee the viability of the business after Mr. Bell’s planned retirement.

On April 1st, they formed Grayhawk, LLC, a limited liability company with two corporate members, W. A. Bell, Inc. and M. E. Nabity, Inc.

1997

2002

On March 31st, the buyout was completed and Mr. Bell retired. This left M. E. Nabity, Inc., a company wholly owned by Mark E. Nabity, with sole ownership.

On May 1st, M. E. Nabity, Inc. sold a twenty-five percent interest in Grayhawk, LLC to J. M. Keller, Inc.

2003

2014

That same twenty-five percent interest was repurchased on January 1st, leaving M. E. Nabity, Inc. as the sole company owner.

Grayhawk, LLC, headquartered in a 43,000 square foot facility, located in Lexington, KY, with a branch office in Louisville, KY, continues to grow around the talents and loyalty of its 100 plus employees. The company is recognized nationally for both its interior finish and prefabricated exterior wall panel work and within the Commonwealth of Kentucky for its on-site ability to construct the largest, most complicated and tightly scheduled projects.

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