About Us - History
It all started in 1987… while Rodney Harrison was a full-time employee with R.F.& P. Railroad (now CSX Transportation). The railroad was going through industry changes that concerned Rodney in respect to what his long-term future would hold with the organization. The entrepreneurial instinct in Rodney drove him to seek self-employment ventures. Hence, the formation of Goochland Custom Buildings and Play Center began.
Rodney started by building portable buildings, dog houses, and lawn furniture on his own. Rodney found pleasure in designing and producing quality built products. Equally important to him was his commitment to service and value. These traits still hold true today. He strives to provide excellent service, and his customers enthusiastically pass the word about their positive buying experiences. Rodney finds this to be his most valuable advertisement.
Rodney was not inexperienced in the entrepreneur scenario. His late father operated a garage for over 40 years which is now the site of the Goochland location. Rodney grew up learning the ins and outs of owning and operating your own business. The old Harrison’s Garage sign is located on the back of the still existing building. Rodney certainly is “right at home” at his Goochland location.
A lot of changes have occurred since 1987. The area was primarily farming land and was visited mostly by local traffic; most considered it “too far” to travel or shop. This hindered the awareness of his business, but that didn’t discourage Rodney from forging ahead. As a full-time employee with the Railroad, each step in building the business was slow progress. As the business grew, he utilized other home-place buildings by converting them into the office space, sales office, and gift shop. Gradually he increased the sales lot to cover more than three acres.
In 2001, Rodney opened Louisa Custom Buildings, his second branch in the town of Louisa. This location was planned to reach out and fill the needs of customers in the Central Virginia regions.
Even with a heavy schedule, Rodney still found time to become a sole sponsor to the Goochland Little League Team. He continues with his community commitment and supplies tents to the Relay for Life event held in Goochland. He also supports the local animal rescue shelters. Rodney has adopted an assortment of orphaned or needy animals of which can be visited at his Goochland location. Rodney feels strongly that supporting the community is vital as a business owner and even more an individual fulfillment.
In 2004, after 32 years of service with the Railroad, Rodney officially retired and decided to direct his time and energy full time to his original dreams for Goochland & Louisa Custom Buildings and Play Centers. In 2006, Rodney changed the business name to Virginia Custom Buildings and Play Centers, LLC to accommodate his expansion plans to include establishing locations in Orange, Ashland, Thornburg, Fredericksburg, and Chesterfield. Currently, he operates 6 locations, which boast an inventory of 750 buildings and an abundance of other products that compliment your home and yard.
Even with changes, “Custom” remains a part of the company name as it is Rodney’s commitment to accommodate his customer’s needs. His theory is
“We aim to please – just ask if we can do it”
Rodney’s dedication to his business has enabled him to provide high-quality products, budget prices, and unparalleled service that his customers can rely on.