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Enthralled with drywall

image L-R: Terry Neitsch, Mike Iselt, Doug Longernecker of Iselt Drywall.

AUSTIN - Want to know how to sustain a company long term? Ask Mike Iselt, who has owned Iselt Drywall for 36 years.







    “You need to enjoy getting up and going to work every day,” Iselt says. ”I still enjoy it and that’s a big deal. Just get up, do a good job and do what you say you’re going to do.”
    Iselt, who worked construction jobs during his teenage summers, found his calling in drywall right out of high school. While working for other drywall companies, he took business courses at night until a project surplus prevented him from continuing. Iselt started hanging sheetrock on his own with encouragement from a co-worker, but one morning decided that he wanted to take it in a new direction. With the help of his uncle who owned a Dallas drywall company, Islet learned enough tricks of the trade to formally establish Iselt Drywall in 1982.
    Iselt prides himself on maintaining good client and industry relationships.
    “A lot of my subs have been with me for a long time. Terry Neitch, my right-hand man, has been with me more than 30 years now and Doug Longernecker is between the 15- and 20-year mark; they’re two good reliable fellas you can count on. Even though they work for others, they always find time to take care of my projects,” Iselt says. “Also, I’ve worked with many builders and contractors for a little over 30 years and it’s still going.”
    Although Islet usually likes to keep his radius of work in the Lake Travis and Lake LBJ area, he recently finished a remodel of the Mills County State Bank in Goldthwaite. Nearly four decades in the industry has taught him a little extra mileage shouldn’t come between him and a great client.
    “I get to meet very interesting people, I have a new location just about every week, and I never know who is going to call me,” Iselt says. “I’ve done projects for people 20 years ago and now their kids are calling me. That’s pretty cool.”
    Iselt Drywall, Georgetown, specializes in drywall installation, tape and float and water damage repair. – mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net