Riverview Homes, Inc. was founded by Sam Fanelli & Jack Rehak, two local businessmen who met while working together at the Valley News Dispatch in the 1960s.
Riverview Homes, Inc. was founded by Sam Fanelli and John "Jack" Rehak, two local businessmen who met while working together at the Valley News Dispatch in the 1960s. In 1968, they partnered to purchase an existing used car dealership (what is now the Vandergrift sales center), and Riverview Auto Mart was formed with $1,167.82 in assets on the books. In 1970, the first manufactured homes arrived on the sales lot, and Sam and Jack began their manufactured home careers. Little by little the car sales dwindled and home sales took their place.
Jack was raised in Harmarville and attended Aspinwall High School. After graduating, he attended Duquesne University through the ROTC program and spent four years in the Air Force. He continued serving his country by spending another 16 years in the Air National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. After moving to Freeport in 1959, raising 4 sons, and working for the Valley Daily News, Jack and Sam started Riverview Homes in 1970. Jack passed away in 1997, and now his oldest son Douglas has taken over as an owner of Riverview Homes.
Sam was born and raised in the Bell Township area of Westmoreland County, where he and his wife still reside. He graduated from Bell Township High School in 1958, and then served in the US Army with the Military Police Unit. In 1970, Sam and his business partner and friend, Jack Rehak, founded Riverview Homes. Sam's sons (Robert & John) and Jack's eldest son (Doug) are now owners and operators of the 43+ year family business. Even Sam's oldest granddaughter, Krysta is now taking her place alongside her father (John) and uncle (Robert). Sam still shows up for work almost every day between the months of May and October, and you can usually find him designing advertisements for the local newspapers. The rest of the year, Sam and his wife enjoy retirement.