In 1905, Elias Fellabaum had the foresight to envision the future of concrete masonry. He began Peerless Block Company on as a one-person operation, making 200-300 concrete blocks a day by hand. Today, with 5 Master Blockmakers and four retail locations, Peerless has the capacity to produce 50,000 blocks each day.
The company moved their facility in the 1960’s from Patrick Street in Charleston, West Virginia to a riverside location in St. Albans. With both river, rail and nearby interstate access, this location provided an ideal location for growth and diversification.
Elias’ nephew, Everett Doty, joined Peerless in 1946 as vice-president and general manager. Everett brought with him a degree in Statistics from Ohio State University as well as years of experience as a sales manager for Alpha Portland Cement Company.
In the mid-70’s, Peerless was the first in the region to begin adding color to their block, bringing a new sophistication to the appearance of manufactured block.
Current CEO and owner, Steve Doty, joined Peerless in 1971 after graduating from The United States Military Academy at West Point and serving multiple tours overseas. Steve’s engineering degree and focus on innovation ushered in a new era of growth and diversification for Peerless as he expanded their product line to include clay brick, landscape (“hardscape”) products, manufactured stone, erosion control products, and a full line of accessories and masonry items.