Our History

History of DeGeorge Ceilings of Northeast Ohio

Owning a family business seems to many the perfect job because you can call the shots, determine your schedule, and bring in lots of cash, right?

Owning a family business that remains in business for years and for the years to come means loving people and what you do.

Our grandfather, Daniel DeGeorge started our business 63 years ago out of a passion for working with his carpentry and ceiling skills. With a loan from a friend, a promise to repay and a handshake to seal the deal, he began Cleveland Ceiling Company.

He and his four brothers are the founders of the company.  Still up and running are three DeGeorge Ceiling companies in three different states! Daniel is partly responsible for helping Armstrong get rolling strong by showcasing his tiles for him.

DeGeorge Ceilings of Northeast Ohio, headquartered in Akron, Ohio have continued this business into the third generation out of a love for people and what we do.  We love doing a job well done that puts a smile of peace and comfort on the faces of those looking at the amazing difference a ceiling has made in their restaurant, hotel, office or home. The business was originally run by our grandfather and then passed down to our mother and father.  It is currently being run by the youngest of the seven grandchildren, Angela Black.  She is the only sibling continuing on in the family business.

When our father, Harold Zonnevylle, passed away in 1995, our family pulled together to the best of our abilities to restructure our lives and Akron Ceiling Company, now DeGeorge Ceiling Company.  Our mother, Angela Zonnevylle, went from being the secretary and mother of seven children, to full-time owner and operator of the company. Angela, one of five daughters, at the age of 25 went from part-time helper to full-time comforter and office manager over night with the sudden, unexpected death of our father.

History of DeGeorge Ceilings
With the future ahead and acceptance of the present situation, we decided we can still do it.  Although females, we decided we can run this company in a professional and caring way and still keep our own dreams alive. Our goal is to find out what our customers are dreaming about and then deliver that dream.  A ceiling enhances a room by showing off the rest of the room without quite knowing that the ceiling is there. We want to hear what your desire is, give you a reasonable quote, gain your trust and business and then send our men in a timely, professional fashion to work closely with you on your precise outcomes. We listen. We communicate your options. We reduce your stress. We are here to help you and want that message conveyed loud and clear.

The company is run by two knowledgeable and patient females that give you their time and attention, along with their workers, from the beginning of the job until the final piece of grid and tile is installed. They know the importance of meeting your needs and take it seriously without adding pressure to your life.

We want to deliver a beautiful job done without the hassles and at a fair price. Belonging to the Home Builders Association (HBA),  Better Business Bureau (BBB), Professional Remodelers Counsel (PRC) and being EDGE certified all come with our passion for working professionally and personally at the same time. Without our loyal customers and builders we would not be here yesterday nor today let alone will we be here in your future.

We want to remain for the long run by being here for you now. We know that you are our lifeline and we respect that. That is why we do our best to deliver the best to you and your home.