The original fence company was started in 1946 on the south side of Chicago at the end of WWII. After a few years, Grandpa Joe moved his business to Harvey, IL. The growing demand of fencing in the Chicagoland marketplace forced his production facility to the southwest suburbs of Tinley Park, IL. This location allowed Grandpa Joe to begin molding his company and paving the way for his family to prosper in the fence business.
He introduced different styles of fence patterns and unique ways of construction, many of which still remain as the building blocks in fencing today. He was truly a visionary and pioneer of the fence industry. He passed away at the young age of 61, leaving behind his loving wife Evelyn and their ten children. She in turn gave the company to her children so they could continue in the family business. The lessons taught by Grandpa Joe were well learned and put to use.
Sadly, in 2004, the remaining 3 sons decided to sell the original fence company to an independent investor. Although attempts were made to try and keep grandpa’s Joe’s company in the family, the business was sold; thus, bringing an end to an era.
However, through the 3rd generation of grandsons, Grandpa Joe Keefe’s legacy continues. The grandsons’ endeavors account for 10 different companies in 8 locations across 4 states. Each company has the expressed goal of carrying on our grandparents dream of using their knowledge and experience to succeed in the fence business. The lessons of family unity, pride in workmanship, belief in God, fair value, and concept of team were the cornerstone beliefs and practices of Joe Keefe. Champion Fence is part of that 3rd generation of fence/deck builders that is inspired to carry on those values and traditions as set forth by Grandpa Joe. His simple formula for “Success in life” lives on in the many 3rd generation companies all across the Midwest and the South. We are proud of the heritage and rich history that he has left us. It is our commitment at Champion Fence to continue in the family tradition of fence/deck building and leave something for our children and the next generation to be proud of.