In 1984, Steve Dietrich and a close friend visited Steve's Aunt in Mund's Park Arizona, outside Flagstaff. Here they operated a small painting outfit for the Summer. Steve, a Hempfield High School grad & local resident, then finished his Business degree from Susquehanna University in 1985 and entered the computer industry in New York City. His experiences there, developing technology solutions for large general contractors, earned him a solid background in construction accounting/management and superior customer service.
After returning to Lancaster in 1988, Steve decided to combine his experiences -- and, Ville Painters opened its doors. With modest beginnings in Millersville, PA, (hence the name "Ville" Painters), Steve employed college students to begin an exterior painting service for property owners, homeowners, & university faculty throughout the town.
Through the years, Ville Painters Inc. has evolved, attracting a new level of experienced, professional painters. In 1991, Ville Painters moved its operation to Lancaster City and added an office staff to manage the day-to-day operations and the needs of an ever-expanding client base. In contrast to many small contractors, Steve did not come from the trade side of the industry but had a business background. This gave Ville Painters an edge when dealing with sales, marketing, accounting, and many other non-trade related activities that are critical to the success of a service-oriented company.
Building and maintaining strong relationships has always been a large part of Steve's personal, and professional, success. One of his primary aims has been to select and develop quality employees who are as interested in the painting craft as they are excellent customer service. As a result, Ville Painters has earned an excellent reputation among its clients and suppliers.
In 1998, Steve was asked to join a very special group of professionals in the painting industry. These 12 business owners spanned the country and acted as a board of directors for each other. For over 12 years, PROSULT was instrumental in helping Ville Painters develop and implement a business plan focused on customer service and profitability.
In 2015, Steve was invited to join another local Business Peer group at The High Family Business Center. Still very involved with this organization, it allows Steve to work with, and learn from other local business leaders in his group as well as the many seminars and speakers the High Center provides to its members.
The net result is Ville Painters Inc, has established itself as a company with a vision deeply rooted in the fact that we love what we do: serve our customers. This mission is reinforced by the company's "corporate culture." Ville Painters' employees enjoy a family-like workplace atmosphere and excellent compensation and are recognized for their achievement in meeting our corporate goals of customer satisfaction, timely completion, and quality work.
Ville Painters Inc. has provided Lancaster County residents and business owners with superior service and results for all sizes and types of jobs. Our experience and craftsmanship, coupled with our attention to detail, serve our customers well and create a very loyal and happy client base.
Ville Painters has developed relationships with some of the best in the industry to provide additional services and expertise to their clients. These areas include wall coverings, floor coverings, decorative finishes, carpentry and small remodeling.
Thanks to these relationships they are able to better serve their customers and save them from the hassles of hiring a general contractor!
Ville Painters also participates in a number of trade associations and groups throughout the Lancaster area including:
Current member of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County
Current Member of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
Current Member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Past President of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America
Past Chairman of the National Painting & Decorating Contractor's of America Certification Committee
Past President of the Middle Atlantic Council of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America
Past Board Member for Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity
Past Board President of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster Co.