Avon Contractors

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By Jim Harris

The principals at Avon Contractors know that building a positive reputation begins with having happy employees. “We don’t treat our people like they’re just a number; our company is just like a family,” says Kenneth Avon, a vice president and principal for the New Jersey-based contractor. “Our office staff is second-to-none and we have hard working and experienced employees out in the field. Our skilled crews work hand-in-hand with our general contractors to please our clients and their owners.”

The specialty contractor believes in doing whatever is needed to complete projects on time and at a high level of quality. “We get the job done,” adds Darrin Kleinstein, senior project manager at Avon. “We will go above and beyond for our clients and do whatever it takes to satisfy them. That is why our company slogan is ‘Whatever it Takes.’”

 

Living by its motto, Avon has always been known to take the extra step for its clients. Whether it means adding manpower to expedite a project, or procuring materials for projects that are behind schedule, the team at Avon Contractors’ has always been willing to go the extra mile for the general contractors it works with. This can-do attitude has allowed Avon to establish several long-term relationships with many prominent national and regional companies, as well as several Fortune 500 companies. Avon box

The company attributes its ability to retain these prominent clients, and establish relationships with new clients, to its skillful construction crews as well as its accommodating office staff. In terms of retention, the project management team at Avon always ensures its clients are pleased, as evidenced by its 98 percent client retention rate. Kleinstein credits the company’s reputation for quality to its owners and principals. “We’re a very hands-on organization,” he says. “Our principals are involved in every aspect of our projects; from bidding and securing the work to construction and completion.” 

High Quality

Established in 1982, Avon Contractors performs commercial drywall, light gauge metal framing, cold-formed exterior framing, acoustics and specialty carpentry projects. “We will take a project from structural steel and go from there,” Kleinstein says. “There’s nothing in carpentry that we can’t do.”

The company has historically worked in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, but is expanding its reach as needed. “We will go where the work is, to a degree,” he adds. “We will travel if market demand pulls us further south or north.”

The majority of the company’s projects are big-box and large retail stores including Target, Whole Foods, Walmart,  Barnes & Noble,     J.C. Penney, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Dicks Sporting Goods. Projects of these types are rapidly growing in number in the regions where the company works.

“We’re getting busier, and many of our clients want their projects completed in an expedited manner,” Kleinstein says. “Avon has the ability to increase manpower to get these projects complete. We have tremendous foremen on our staff who are highly qualified and able to get exceptional production and quality from their crews.”

The company uses only union workers on its projects.  Avon Contractors regularly offers training to employees to increase their already high skill levels. This includes safety training pertaining to the company’s core competencies. “We’re constantly updating our men on safety procedures and policies, including using harnesses, since we do a lot of exterior framing and use a lot of lifts and booms,” Kleinstein adds. “First and foremost, we have to be safe.”

Recent Projects

Avon Contractors’ recent projects include all of the carpentry work for a new dormitory building at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. The six-story, 150,000 square-foot building will house more than 400 students.  Avon was responsible for all of the metal framing, drywall, insulation, rough carpentry, exterior framing, and acoustical ceilings.

The company also recently completed framing and interior work an iPic movie theater on Fulton Street and an AMC theater in Kips Bay, both in New York City. AMC Theaters is a repeat client of the company, as it has built AMC locations in more than 10 locations in New York and New Jersey in recent years.

Avon Contractors’ other recent projects include:

* Healthcare facilities for Capital Health in Hopewell, N.J.; Kensington Health in White Plains, N.Y.; and Brookhaven National Labs in Upton, N.Y.;

* Educational facilities at William Patterson University in Wayne, N.J.; and Applied Science Academy in Jersey City, N.J.;

* Seven Walmart locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania;

* Eight Target locations in New York and New Jersey;

* Six Whole Foods locations in New York and New Jersey; and

* Shake Shack Restaurants, Trader Joe’s Supermarkets, and Dick’s Sporting Goods in New York and New Jersey.

* Several office fit-outs, including Sungard and Creative Mobile Technologies.

The company’s ongoing projects include a shopping mall expansion at the Shops at Riverside shopping center in Hackensack, N.J.

Ken Avon says the company will continue to increase its project volume as well as its geographic reach. “As we continue to perform quality carpentry work for our clients, we will continue to grow and expand our operations throughout the Northeast,” he adds. 

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