Darien DeMayo saw the growth in Hamblen County and wanted to be a part of it.
He had experience in all kinds of fields, but the heating and cooling field was filled up in Morristown.
Finally, DeMayo decided to become the newest locksmith in the Lakeway Area, opening Keyway Locksmith. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business Monday morning.
“We’ve been in the area for 16 years,” DeMayo said. “I’ve worked for many of the facilities here, doing maintenance.”
DeMayo decided to take this leap of faith due to his daughter graduating high school and his son being older and able to help out.
“This is an opportunity I’ve always wanted to do, to have my own business” he said. “I decided to pick one of the trades (that he is skilled in). I’m skilled in multiple trades, but I decided to go with locksmithing. I see a need for it in the area.”
DeMayo noted that the Lakeway Area is “flooded with heating and air and electricians,” other areas he is skilled at.
“I’ve done locksmithing for 20 years, about the time I’ve been in maintenance,” DeMayo said. “We acquired a van, tools and thought we’d take a chance.”
DeMayo has gone to many of the builders handing out business cards for networking opportunities.
Services will include both residential and commercial customers.
“I do emergency lockouts in case people lock themselves out of their vehicles or their homes,” he said. “We are a mobile service, we don’t have a fixed location. Anything on the commercial side, door closures, panic bars, locks of that nature, the same with the homes.”
DeMayo can even put in locks that a customer has purchased elsewhere.
“We’re available to come to you,” he said.
The van is set up to get what one needs as far as key making. If it’s not on the van, it can be ordered and received with U.S. Mail delivery.
Although many cars have fobs to unlock and lock the car, DeMayo said that there are advantages of having the actual key.
“Technology is getting so advanced, people are sitting around figuring out how to hack into your car and get in,” he said. “That actually makes it easier to get in.”
A Florida native, DeMayo is a graduate of Cocke County High School. He worked in Florida for many years before relocating to Morristown. He worked in maintenance at Lakeway Regional Hospital before it shut down two years ago and also served as building maintenance manager at Life Care Center of Morristown.
Darrien is married to Jamie DeMayo. They have a son, Lucas and a daughter, Hallie.