After we had such interest in the story behind the crying baby logo, we thought we’d introduce you to the man behind Justin Dorsey Plumbing. Here’s a chance to learn more about Justin Dorsey, the guy who started it all.
A personal interview with Justin Dorsey
- Are you originally from Danville? I have lived in Danville since 1962, when I moved here with my parents and two older twin sisters when I was four years old. My dad was in the military (U.S. Air Force) and had a mobile home. He traded in that mobile home to use as a down-payment on a farm here in Danville.
- What was your first-ever job? I got a job driving a Minneapolis Moline tractor, raking hay for a dairy farmer at $.50 per hour. I liked it. I always enjoyed work and staying busy.
- Tell us a little about your family. My father was an ornamental iron worker for Iron Workers Local 22 in Indianapolis. He grew up in Barlow, Ky. My mother was from Waveland, Ind. My parents originally met at a dance hall in Cayuga, Ind., in 1956. I have two older twin sisters and a younger brother. I met my wife, Judy, while we went to Danville High School — she was a friend of my sisters. We were married on Sept. 3, 1977. We have three children and 11 grandchildren. Another interesting thing is that, although she was raised in Richardson, Texas, we were both born in Lebanon, Ind. When we got married, we had to find our birth certificates, and we discovered the same nurse had signed both of our birth certificates.
- What were you like in high school? I wrestled in high school. I also played the trumpet in my high school band class, although I wasn’t the most attentive band student. It was mostly just for fun.
- What are your favorite hobbies? I enjoy a lot of different activities — cycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, shooting clays, camping and softball. I took two camping and fishing trips this summer (2017) — one in Alaska and one in Canada.
- What is something most people don’t know about you? I received a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) award designation from Toastmasters International, a membership organization that helps leaders improve their speaking and leadership skills.
- Where did you go to college? I graduated from a Purdue Agricultural short course, and I started farming. I probably raised 40 sows and 500 pigs, until the Jimmy Carter era when I went out of business. Then I worked for a contractor doing night calls, and I decided to get my Master Plumber’s License in November 1983 and start Justin Dorsey Plumbing.
- What attracted you to plumbing? I liked the fact that it is a service everyone needs and requires a state license.
- What is your favorite part about running your business? I enjoy the freedom I have to plan my own schedule.
- What is the worst or weirdest plumbing disaster you’ve ever seen? That’s a hard question. I’ve seen tons of flooded basements, floating carpet. One time, I was called out to a home that had a well pump that had been hit by lightning. The pipes went through the side of the house, so that was pretty unusual to see that amount of damage. I’m thankful to say we have not had any accidents that have disabled my staff members. Plumbing can certainly be a dangerous job, especially with men working in ditches and with electricity around water!
- If you could be anything else besides your current job role, what would you be? I’d be a general contractor. I’ve always liked building things. I’ve built more than a dozen buildings, built townhomes, single family homes and even renovated a house on Clinton Street here in Danville.