Starting out in a blacksmith shop in Pulaski County, Don Galbreath turned his father’s corner blacksmith shop into a major manufacturer and then moved on to establish a second manufacturer in the same industry – both in Winamac, a town of only 2500. He is known nationally for inventing the “most user friendly roll-off hoist in the industry” that today accounts for most roll-off hoists used in the waste hauling, scrap, and demolition sectors. Even into his eighties, he continues to “improve, tinker and dream” to improve the hoist that he developed at Galbreath Inc., the container and equipment maker he founded. He hopes to roll out an improved version of the hoist at the company his family founded and he later served as President and now serves as advisor at GALFAB, Inc. He is responsible for over 65 percent of all roll-off hoists in the United States. It could be as high as 90%, according to other sources. Indeed, he was inducted into the Environmental Industries Association (EIA) Hall of Fame in 2004. Described as a “pioneer” in his industry, Don has been an entrepreneur, not only starting and owning manufacturers, but in opening two hotels. In the 1980’s, thanks to the generosity of the late Ralph Braun, a 2010 Society Lamkin Fellow and Fellow Don Galbreath, Pulaski County was able to offer land for industrial development. Don has been called a “rock star” in the waste hauling industry.
His epic story reflects the spirit of those who made America!