The garage can be many different things to many different people – a place to park or fix your car, a hangout, a storage area, a workshop or even a practice space for the next Nirvana. While it can be all those things and more, it shouldn’t be a place for clutter. Thanks to the folks at PremierGarage, it doesn’t have to be. Back in 1998, founder Mark Loberg literally started the company in his garage. In the Phoenix area, basements are few and far between, so storage space is at a premium.

What started out as a backyard business founded by two brothers in 1967 has grown into one of the most successful contracting enterprises in the mid-Atlantic region. Under parent company Fort Pitt Group, Blue Dot provides today’s customers with multiple services including HVAC, LEED solutions, plumbing, building automation and indoor air quality audits for commercial and residential developments throughout the region. 

For the past 25 years, Glyn Garner has gained construction experience in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and St. Martin. Since 1997, he’s been working in Antigua, West Indies, building relationships and learning how to deliver successful projects. Today, he acts as director of Black & White Construction Ltd., which offers clients top-notch residential projects.

The first stop for many investors looking to build properties in the Dominican Republic is the offices of Sunshine-Invest Real Estate and Construction Co. and Planificarq Architects. While each company operates independently, the two regularly work together closely, as Planificarq serves as the chief architect on the majority of projects built and listed by Sunshine-Invest, says Bodo Hellberg, president of Sunshine-Invest. Eris Espinal, the director of Planificarq, used to be Sunshine-Invest’s in-house designer before establishing his own company. “We have a very good relationship,” Hellberg says.

Local Cayman Islands contractor Hurlstone Ltd. is celebrating 15 years of successful and ongoing construction business providing general contracting services for myriad clientele. From its inception in 1995, Hurlstone Ltd. has built projects such as office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, commercial and industrial buildings, and single-family luxury homes up to $200 million (U.S.) for a large client base.

Green and sustainability have been the core focus of Chicago-based Casualty Recovery Group Inc. since it was founded in November 2008. “Even since its inception, that has been our goal,” Director and founding partner Tom Nesbitt stresses.

As Paradigm Window Solutions introduces new window products, the company strives to stay on “the leading edge of innovation,” General Manager Tom Keef says. “We’re typically the guys who come out with cutting-edge things first.” Based in Portland, Maine, the company specializes in high-end vinyl windows for commercial and residential buildings. Keef notes that after 20 years of fabricating windows for a national brand, operations as Paradigm began 10 years ago.

In 2000, Northern California’s Draeger Construction hired Brion Bovee to open the company’s Las Vegas office. “I started the company with nothing here,” he recalls. However, after about five years, “we got to the high point of 185 employees.” Draeger Construction is a remodeling company that provides services for the residential and commercial markets. Its services include reconstruction, roofing, painting, maintenance, interiors, HVAC and insurance repairs. It mainly works in Nevada, but has licenses to work in 14 other states.

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