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Continuing a Legacy of Excellence

Helping the Indiana economy and sustaining a quality company were among the reasons Kyle York decided to purchase HD Williams this year. As the company’s third owner, he has a deep respect for the tradition of excellence and workmanship that defines the HD Williams legacy.

Founded in 1967 by Harry Daniel Williams, Dennis Tibbets was the second owner and was preparing for retirement when he reached out to Kyle to take on the business. York operates his father’s burial vault business, and it seemed a natural fit to begin serving the industry with heavy duty concrete lifting and reinforcement.

HD Williams began in 1967, under the leadership of Harry Daniel Williams. Williams later sold the company to Dennis Tibbets. As he was preparing for retirement, Tibbets contacted York to see if he would be interested in operating the company.

“I was already in the industry, and it made sense,” York expressed. “Dennis was helpful in the transition, teaching us how to use the machines and guiding us in ordering steel wire.”

Kyle acquired HD Williams in April of 2017 and over the next month he and operations manager Brandon Atwood worked to move the company’s operation to New Castle, Indiana, from its previous location in Columbus, Indiana. The company received advice and guidance from business advisors Scott Underwood of the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center and Duke Hamm of Focal Point Business Coaching.

“We want to continue to be there for the concrete industry,” according to York. “We are able to relate and speak their language since we’ve been a part of the industry. I see the potential to grow the company, adding quality jobs along the way.”

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HD Williams Owner Kyle York Brings Love of Life to New Roles

Kyle York remembers the solemn atmosphere of the cemetery as he watched his dad, Greg, lower the burial vault into the ground. It seemed that so much was resting on the metal hooks that connected the vault to the chains lowering the vault into the ground. The solid formation of these hooks gave Kyle a feeling of security, as he knew the remains of the deceased were firmly held.

Kyle worked alongside his dad in Wimmer Burial Vaults, a mid-sized burial vault company based in New Castle, Indiana. While serving the region’s burial needs during times of loss, Kyle developed a profound love for life and an appreciation for its fragility.

When he decided to go to college at Indiana University, another side of Kyle emerged. This side still embraced a love for life, but now it came in the way of coaching young and vibrant athletes. He majored in Kinesiology and Sports Management at IU. As an offensive assistant for Indiana University’s football program, he interacted closely with elite athletes.

Following his time at IU, he became the recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach at Drake University. When Kyle and his wife Jess became parents of twins, the traveling involved with recruiting became a burden, and they decided it was time to come home to New Castle.

Kyle once again worked alongside his dad, this time in a much different role. He brought the experiences he had in college and after to help his dad manage the business. This management experience was especially useful when the people of New Castle elected Greg as mayor for two terms and mayoral duties often called Greg away from the business. Kyle became the on-site manager for Wimmer, leading the team and making day-to-day decisions.

When Dennis Tibbets approached Kyle about the possible sale of HD Williams, Kyle was excited about the opportunity to serve the industry with quality, heavy duty concrete lifting and reinforcement supplies. He worked with some trusted advisors to bring the business to his hometown and build it there.

Not too long after the sale was finalized, Kyle had the opportunity to return to the world of football. His alma mater, New Castle High School, hired him as the head football coach. Kyle once again began working with young athletes to develop their skills and character. The role allows him to continue his work with HD Williams and Wimmer.

“I love the challenge of leading a business and leading a team,” Kyle shared. “The variety in my life is something I really appreciate, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve others.”