Our Story

The Home Performance “Rock Stars”

Our Mission Statement:

  • To be a community leader that provides the best products and methods for building performance and protection in both residential and commercial structures
  • To deliver high-quality services at fair and competitive prices
  • To maintain the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and honesty in our relationships with our suppliers, subcontractors, professional associates, customers, and employees
  • To foster a work environment that encourages new ideas, new innovations and growth
  • To provide fair wages for our employees and a fair return on investment for our shareholders

Our History:

2002: The Drying Company was established at 8105 Richmond Rd. in Toano, VA. Only one employee has been with us since the beginning- Melonie Thompson. Melonie serves as our Office Manager, Controller, Psychologist, and company “Mom”. She is without question our “backbone”.


2004: We became a member of “Basement Systems International” and CleanSpace Vapor Barrier became our feature product. This relationship gave us access to better products, resources, and “building science”- a philosophy that continues to guide our customer solutions today.

Basement Systems

2006/ 2007:

We added a second box truck and cellulose machine, and
our first Spray Foam Insulation truck. The Drying Co./ ThermalTec was now a “Full Service” Insulation contractor and the company emphasis was changing from “Water Restoration” to Insulation services.
We grew to 20 full time employees!
Steve Tetreault purchased the company and continues to be our Owner and President today.

2006 Team

Fresh Air Suit

2008- 2011: “The Recession years”

The Great Recession was tough on the Home Performance and Construction Industry.
In early 2008, we purchased our 2nd Spray Foam Insulation truck.
Survival strategies were initiated: emphasis went back to water control and restoration, and
Our Commercial Division was created by Joe Hogge.
These strategies, plus the Herculean efforts of management and our team, helped The Drying Co./ ThermalTec to not only survive, but to actually grow.

Joe Hogge

Our 1st Commercial job @ Ft. Eustis


We emerged from the recession a tight- knit determined company.
Emphasis shifted back to Insulation and Home Comfort.
Our Commercial Division continued to grow- exceeding all expectations.
Sales sky- rocketed.

2012 Company Picnic

Commercial job at “Colonial Williamsburg”


The Drying Co./ThermalTec became an Authorized Dealer of Dr.Energy saver- an international network of independent contractors focused on the best practices for making homes more comfortable, energy – efficient, and healthier.

Dr.Energy Saver gives us access to a 16,000 square foot “Home Energy Conservation Lab”- the largest in the country, where our employees are trained in the latest building science techniques.

Employee Training


DES Headquarters


Growth spurred a move to our current location @ 236 Industrial Boulevard in Toano, VA. This new location gave us the space we need for our equipment as well as a central home to service customers from Hampton Roads to Richmond.

We added our 3rd Spray Foam Insulation rig.

The Drying Co./ThermalTec finished 4th in overall sales for the entire Dr. Energy Saver network nationwide.

Tyler Tetreault showing off our new location

Top 30 Dealers Plaque


We purchased our 4th Spray Foam Insulation rig- this addition quadrupled the size of our fleet since our inception.

We finished 5th in total sales out of 135 Dr. Energy Saver dealers nationwide.

We expanded into as Building #2 was officially opened @ 236 Industrial Blvd in Toano

We joined the National Radon Defense dealer network. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer- testing and mitigating this volatile gas is a perfect fit in our efforts to improve indoor air quality and make homes more comfortable and healthy.

4th Spray Foam Insulation Rig

Building #1

Building #2

Tyler and Steve accept our DES award


We are excited about what we do- making homes healthier, more energy efficient, and more comfortable. We sincerely look forward to making new relationships and servicing new customers in 2016.
We currently have over 40 full time employees and 14 crews.


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What Our Customers are Saying

Thank you for such a wonderful experience! Your team was incredible and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results. They went above and beyond with the quality of the work, attention to detail and cleanup efforts…”

- Ben H. from Richmond, VA

"If I had to report you to the BBB I would give you 10 stars, everything was wonderful!"

- P. Martin from Newport News, VA

“Outstanding service!”

- Dave M. from Seaford, VA

"Tony was super professional, and advised me every step of the way,… Very Awesome!

- David W. from Chesterfield

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