Our History in Pennsylvania
Beginning as a PremierGarage Garage Enhancement Franchise
In May of 2004, we purchased our “dealership” of PremierGarage (later the terminology would change to “franchise”). After training in Phoenix, we began full operations in August. Our warehouse was setup in town Mechanicsburg. At the beginning, we contractually serviced only Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York; operating as PremierGarage of Central Pennsylvania.
Things began at a slow pace, as the very first chemical system had a 50 degree limitation (the concrete had to be at least 50 degrees for the system to cure properly). At the time, it was based upon epoxy primers and high solids epoxies. Cabinetry and wall mounted organizers kept us busy until the spring of 2005.
After wrapping up the Spring Home Shows in Harrisburg, Lancaster and Hanover, business began to pick up.
We were selected by Roland Builder and EG Stoltzfus to install our garage floor coatings in their 2005 PA Parade of Homes entries. We began selling a fair amount of full garage makeovers in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster, Lititz, York and Wrightsville.
Introduction of the PremierOne Floor Coating System
Our sales began to really expand. We were installing garage coatings and cabinetry in the Allentown, Bryn Mawr, Chambersburg, Lewisburg, State College and West Chester areas.
In spring 2006, we participated in Spring Home Shows in Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York. Our successes there were quickly followed by selection by several more local homebuilders to coat the garage floors in their 2006 Parades of Homes entries (including the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York parades).
Our time in the Brandywine area
In spring 2007, our dealership began to fully service the State College area by participating in the local spring home show and, later in the year, by being in two homes of the 2007 Central PA Parade of Homes. We also had garage coatings and garage cabinetry in homes in the Parades of Homes in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York.
Mid-year 2007, we purchase our facility in Mechanicsburg (the old Zimmerman Automotive building right of the Bowmansdale/Mechanicsburg exit of Route 15) and moved our operations in August. We were beginning to install a fair amount of traditional epoxy floors along with our polyaspartic coatings.
In early 2009, the Brandywine franchise ceased operations and we secured the rights to again service the Brandywine area (Chester and Delaware counties).
Transitioning from franchise to Stronghold Floors
In 2010, we expressed our desire to transition from a garage makeover company to a full-service, floor coatings company and worked out a plan with Premier Specialties (the corporate franchise owner) to end our franchise contract. By this time, our crews were regularly applying coatings in areas beyond the garage – including commercial and light industrial jobs. We had moved into applying specialty epoxies and urethanes, along with more traditional epoxies and our “state of the art” polyaspartics.
At the end of 2010 we ceased our major garage cabinetry operations and transitioned our facilities and crews to provide concrete floor coatings only.
Our franchise contract officially ceased on January 31st, 2011. All customers from start to finish remained our customers and warranties still in force remained.
February 1st 2011, we became Stronghold Floors. Nearly all staff stayed on during this transition and, almost immediately, the number of concrete floor coatings projects per week took off. Our commercial coatings expanded into more specialties coatings, such as acid & solvent resistant epoxy coatings, elastomeric epoxy membranes and epoxy moisture suppression systems.
Removing the territorial restrictions imposed by the franchise contract, we immediately expanded our service territory to once again include Montgomery County. Our intentions were to begin servicing Maryland in 2012, but that became easier as our neighboring Maryland franchise also left the network and became a part of Stronghold Floors (see Our History in Maryland for more information).
In 2014, we applied for a federally registered trademark on our name and logo. Our claim was registered on January 27th, 2015 (Reg. No. 4,678,160).