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Door to three generations

image The Dumas Hardware 70th anniversary party welcomed approximately 100 people. L-R: Carlos Gutierrez, Frost Bank; Jon Marek, MEMCO; Mike McGinnis, Allen & Allen Co.; Dustin Michalak, Ridout Barrett; Tyler Stein, Frost Bank; and Greg Kanning, Dumas Har

SAN ANTONIO - With the 70th anniversary of Dumas Hardware happening under Greg Kanning’s leader-ship, he observes that his family is the first to have a multigenerational presence in the company.







  Aubrey Dumas founded the company, and since its incorporation in 1946, Dumas Hardware has had a few different owners, including Ed Kanning, Greg’s father. In the 1970s, Ed and a partner, Phil Spicer, purchased the business. Spicer passed away in the ‘90s, and Greg’s father officially retired in 2002.
    Having graduated from UTSA with a plan to be a high school coach, Greg started working at Dumas part-time during college in 1989, taking apart wooden racks and helping in the welding shop, and he has been there ever since. Though he has been running operations as owner and president since his dad retired, he now has another family member involved in the business.
    “I’m really proud that my nephew, Ryan Whaley, is now working for us, and so he’s going to be the next generation,” says Greg. “As long as we’ve been in business, I am the only second generation that’s ever had the business. Now, my nephew is going to be our third generation.”
    As a subcontractor and supplier, Dumas has been working on the Alamodome and a big renovation for the VA hospital in Kerrville as well as work for all of the school districts, hospital sys-tems, Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base.
    “I feel very proud that we’ve been in business 70 years,” he says. “Just being part of the construction industry in San Antonio, my hometown, and watching it grow – I think that’s what means the most to me.”
    While Greg runs operations, handles all the contracts and acts as estimator and project manager, he is also very involved in the industry. He’s been on the local board of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) for several years, has served on the national board, and still holds a position on the Texas PAC board. He is also on the board for the Door & Hardware Institute (DHI).
    Outside the industry, he is involved with Central Catholic High School, where he was a third-generation graduate, as well as the Knights of Columbus and the International Order of Alhambra, also a fraternal Catholic organization. He enjoys fishing, hunting and anything related to sports.
    Dumas Hardware is a commercial door and hardware company that does fabrication, supply, and installation. –mh

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