Greater Easley and Powdersville News


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2/8/2018 Milestone Anniversary
Cely Construction Celebrates 70-Year Milestone

Cely Construction celebrated their 70-Year Milestone onThursday, February 8. Their official anniverary is on February 10.

In 1948, Cely Brothers Lumber Co. was formed by five brothers, all WWII veterans. Seventy years and three generations later, Cely Construction is still family owned and operated at the same location in Greenville. Samuel Cely, president, said one of the highlights for the company has been its involvement with church construction, completing over 500 church projects. “We’ve been church contractors since the beginning, and I’m very proud of that,” he said. “You work with building committees and usually in the evenings. It’s not something every contractor does.” According to Caroline Cely Talbott, CFO, Cely’s clients range from BMW, Greenville Hospital System, and local government to private commercial projects including offices, retail, restaurants, manufacturing and preengineered buildings. “In the last five years, we’ve won two Excellence in Construction awards,” she said. William Cely, Project Coordinator, said that being a family business, with a focus on building long term relationships and customer service, makes Cely unique. The family attitude extends to every employee. “We keep the same morals the five brothers started with – honesty and respect,” he said. Cely said, one of the things that sets his firm apart is its diversity in size and types of projects. “Although we are licensed in three states, we made a conscious decision to focus on the Upstate.” he said. “We prefer to stay close enough so that everyone can come home to their families at night. Our superintendents enjoy that; I enjoy that.” In reflecting on the past, the Celys “want to thank our clients who have made our success possible. To prospective clients, we invite you to call on us for a full range of construction services.” “What’s important to us is our reputation and quality of life,” Cely said.

For more information on Cely Construction visit their website at or call their office at 864-269-8900.

(Above article courtesy of GSA Business Report