According to Joe Hall Roofing President Brett Hall, success in the roofing business has a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time – even if no one else would consider it to be that way. “What makes smaller companies into bigger companies is hailstorms, and massive hailstorms,” Hall says. 

With its newest development located on the north property line of Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Epoch Properties Inc. is working to ensure the theme park’s employees and other community members see the value in Landmark at Universal. The property is in an area with A+ rated schools, is close to transportation and is within walking distance of many entertainment options, but that is just a start of what it has to offer. Epoch Properties is working to ensure Landmark at Universal reflects the quality, service and commitment to detail that the developer has become known for. 

With a development firm as its sister company, Ambling Con­st­ruction Co. has the right ex­per­ience to serve other developers, Senior Vice President Gary Davila says. “We understand developers’ needs and their financial stresses,” he says. “We adapt our sched­ules and our billings to make them successful.”

Kohala Creative Construction LLC strives to be a one-stop shop for its clients, CEO Michael Bonahan says. “We’re able to provide finished products from concept to completion,” he states. Based in Kamuela, Hawaii, the general contractor specializes in residential development and construction, as well as small commercial projects. “Ninety percent of our business [occurs] on the Big Island,” Bonahan says.

Most companies have a corporate culture, but at Gavigan Homes, employees have esprit de corps – as in the U.S. Marine Corps. “Most of our employees actually feel like they joined the Marines by working with the company – my wife was a drill instructor,” jokes CEO Billy Gavigan. “We run it like a military sort of a group and organization.

For more than 60 years and three generations, Cobalt Construction Co. enjoys a rich family heritage deeply-rooted in the heavy civil construction industry. The post-WWII era found tunneling expert Harvey Kruse in the Southern California region, building a growing metropolitan area’s infrastructure.

Just like building materials and structures, windows typically have to be de­signed to be able to withstand various weather conditions and climates. In western Canada and the United States, Starline Windows makes and builds windows that are resistant to the wet weather. “There’s a lot of rain and a lot of oceanfront, so we get wet and have frequent wind storms,” General Manager Terry Vipond says.

There are not many landscaping companies that can say they have maintained a successful business for more than half a century, but the family owned and managed Gelderman Landscaping can. Based in Waterdown, Ontario, the firm provides landscape construction, maintenance, and snow and ice removal services.

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