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Don Hoylman

Don Hoylman

2010 Inductee

Don Hoylman is owner/operator of Donmar Enterprises Inc. During his career, he founded and/or developed Industrial Contracting of Fairmont Inc.; Industrial Resources; Mountaineer Resources, Inc.; Industrial Pneumatic Systems; West Virginia Electric; West Virginia Electric Industries; McHal Corp., Salem Electric Co.; and Salem Automation in Rotherham, England.

Hoylman served in the Marine Corps in World War II and began his career with Industrial Engineering and Construction Co. in 1951, working in Industrial's shop in Dakota, W.Va. He became vice president in 1957 and general manager in 1960. He became the owner and president of Industrial in 1963, and built an office facility and plant along the banks of the West Fork River in South Fairmont, W.Va.

During this time, he developed Industrial from a small corporation with minimal assets and customers to a major corporation with solid credentials in the design-build of coal handling, coal preparation plants, process systems and a manufacturer of products for the mining industry, serving the United States and international markets. In 1971, he merged Industrial with Salem Corp., a multi-faceted international conglomerate listed on the American Stock Exchange. Don served as a corporate director and officer through 1996 and was responsible for the Salem Minerals Processing Group consisting of Industrial, A.L. Lee, West Virginia Electric and Salem Automation.

In March of 1997, he acquired the Mineral Processing Group from Salem. As a result, Fairmont, Marion County and West Virginia retained these valuable assets and numerous jobs. This same year, Hoylman formed Victory of West Virginia, Inc. to consolidate the operating companies of Industrial, West Virginia Electric and A. L. Lee Corp. in Lester, W.Va.

As a native West Virginian, Hoylman feels a deep responsibility and continued commitment to operate and manage his core businesses in Fairmont, W.Va., with satellite offices in Pittsburgh and Lester.

In 2006, he sold Victory of West Virginia Inc. after 55 years. He has recently formed a new company, Donmar Enterprises Inc., specializing in oil and gas, also operated from Fairmont.