Founded in 1960 by James Batchelor Sr.
While serving in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959, Jim Sr. was the head butcher on the world’s first guided missile ship, the USS Boston (CAG-1). After his honorable discharge in January 1959, Jim accepted a job with the borough of Haddonfield where he spent the majority of his time digging ditches and cleaning highway trash. During this time, on weekends, a friend was teaching Jim to finish drywall for $7.00 per day. After about six months working for the borough, a supervisor handed him a pink slip and quietly told him he was being let go for doing too much work; essentially making his co-workers “look bad”. He was immediately offered a job in a local butcher shop, but Jim believed the opportunity to be self employed would better suit his work ethic, thus Viking Drywall was born.
Married with two children and living pay check to pay check, he borrowed $400.00 from his mom to start his business and the rest, as they say….is history. His GOLDEN RULE then and the company rule to this very day remains simple “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”. Jim retired from full time work in 1992. Married for 55 years to his high school sweetheart, Jim and his wife, Ginny, have 12 children and reside in Franklinville, NJ. His sons Jim Jr., John, and Joe, along with his granddaughter, Crystal, operate the company today and remain committed to honoring his legacy of integrity, value and superior service.
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