At Sunbelt, we have a long history of dusty boots. Founded in 1987 by Alan and Angie Darnell to serve lumberyards and the big-box retailers that were just beginning to flex their muscles, we at Sunbelt have always walked alongside our customers, learning their challenges and helping them operate more efficiently.
Today their sons, the current owners of Sunbelt, carry on the family legacy. President Travis Darnell and Vice President Clint Darnell come from a long line of contractors and builders, including a grandfather who was also a general contractor and an uncle who is an architect and a builder.
Sunbelt's early days
After a career in general contracting, Alan Darnell joined Home Depot in the early eighties as the #2 person in its Construction Department, where he built and fixtured new stores throughout the country.
When Alan left Home Depot to start Sunbelt, he took with him not only his years of construction experience but also a profound understanding of racking systems. He used this knowledge and expertise to help retailers and lumberyards operate more efficiently than they had ever before thought possible.
Under Alan and Angie's leadership, we provided innovative combinations of rack systems for retailers to display merchandise on their sales floor. And lumberyards that had been storing materials on antiquated wooden racks or on the ground began to use modern steel rack systems to better protect their inventory and store more of it in less space.
As the benefits of racking systems became more widely appreciated, we began to serve customers throughout North America and the Caribbean.
As our company grew, we realized that customers who bought our racking systems often needed buildings in which to house them. So, in the nineties, we reached back to our general contracting roots and evolved into a full-service, nationally licensed general contractor. We began designing and constructing pre-engineered metal buildings and unique rack-supported buildings.
In 2008, after spending 20 years helping to build the company, Travis and Clint Darnell bought Sunbelt from their parents. Since then, our retail racking business has grown to be its own separate division, providing racking systems, other fixtures, equipment and logistics to retailers large and small.
And over the last ten years, the construction business has continued to expand, with projects built in numerous industries besides lumber and building materials. Areas of strength include transportation, retail, restaurants and warehouse facilities.
Sunbelt has built on the family construction legacy to provide design, planning, racking, metal building and general contracting services to businesses and lumberyards of all sizes – from the smallest privately owned to the Fortune 500 – throughout North America and the Caribbean.
When you do business with us, we're right there with you, unafraid to get our hands dirty or our boots dusty. We know what matters to you, so we do what we say we're going to do and do it right. Ultimately, we if we're not delivering value, we're not meeting your needs.