Driveline Fabrications/Jewell Machinery was started in 2000 as a small driveshaft repair shop in Boones Mill by Michael Jewell. It was “Something on the side” to make extra money in the evenings after working a full time schedule at a machine shop. He was the only employee working in a 500 square foot rented building. The business grossed a little over $13,000 in its first year. Two years later he quit his job to do his own work full time and hired his first employee. As business increased the need for a larger facility was inevitable. In 2003, Michael and his wife Tammi purchased 2 acres of prime real estate along the popular US 220 corridor between Boones Mill and Rocky Mount with the help of an investor. Along with the real estate an existing automotive business was purchased, AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER and JEWELL INC. were born.
Remodeling quickly began on the new facility with the intention to move Driveline next door to the automotive shop. Michael and Tammi along with many friends and family spent numerous evenings painting, constructing walls, installing carpet, etc. Due to the numerous inquiries about office space for rent, Driveline never made the move once the remodel was complete. All available space had been rented and 5 new businesses now had a new home. Michael still had the rental property. Driveline’s space issue was temporarily solved by increasing the size of that property.
In 2005 Michael began helping his father and stepmother, Edward and Lelia, with decisions regarding their 16-year-old family business, OUTSIDE HEATING. OUTSIDE HEATING specializes in the sale, service and installation of outdoor wood furnaces. It also recently completed its first solar installation. In 2008 Michael and Tammi purchased Outside Heating, adding another component to their growing corporations. Edward and Lelia remain a part of Outside Heating with Edward heading up sales and Lelia overseeing the office. In 2013 Outside Heating became a Tallman Pool Dealer expanding into the fiberglass pool business and grossed over $100,000 in parts sales on its new e-commerce store.
In 2006 Michael and Tammi purchased another piece of real estate next door to the Automotive Shop which became the home of DRIVELINE FABRICATIONS. The new facility was just what DRIVELINE needed to begin its phenomenal growth.
In 2008 with the goal of expanding Driveline to the sale and service of forestry equipment Michael hired Anthony Huff, a 1996 graduate of WyoTech Diesel College. Anthony’s education also includes numerous OEM training schools. Anthony previously worked for McIntyre Equipment/Pioneer Machinery.
In 2009 Michael’s brother, Eddie Jewell joined Driveline Fabrications to further the company’s goal of gaining a name in the forestry industry. Eddie is a 1992 graduate of Ohio Auto/Diesel School with 7 years of experience as a field tech at Pioneer Machinery.
In 2013 Driveline Fabrications became an authorized dealer for Trelan Chippers and Barko Hydraulics.
The success of Driveline Fabrications/Jewell Machinery, Jewell Inc. and Outside Heating comes from having a strong commitment to its customers, employees and the community. We are eagerly looking forward to our next 10 years!