The construction industry may have taken a hit from the recession, but Kaback Enterprises continues to survive and thrive, Vice President and Partner Vance Schipani says. He notes that the 63-year-old firm has stayed strong by providing top service and nurturing a base of loyal clients.

One of Canada’s largest retail property owners and developers is expanding its footprint outside of North America while maintaining its strong presence in its home base. Montreal-based Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. manages about 80 shopping centers and more than 50 million square feet of retail space in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

Success is defined in a variety of ways, but for Denver-based Hyder Construction, a successful project is one that is delivered with a high level of quality and value, is finished on time and within budget, and results in a satisfied customer. With the majority of Hyder’s work coming from repeat customers, successful projects are its forte.

Building construction projects may feel like “working without a net,” but doing so literally is not safety-minded. So when Dana B. Kenyon Co. built the Aircraft Services Educational Facilities Project for Florida State College at Jacksonville, a net system was under the workers while they erected the steel building at heights of up to 70 feet.

BLDM’s history reads like an acorn-to-mighty oak success story. Through hard work, diversification of services and good relationships with clients, developers and its employees, the company has grown exponentially. Despite a tepid economic climate, BLDM has amassed a net worth of more than $48 million solely through net income received from completed projects. In 2010, it ranked 112 on Engineering News-Record’s annual list of top specialty contractors.

With retail development in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada beginning to rebound after the global recession, Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc. has a goal to double the size of its already impressive asset portfolio. The Toronto-based company specializes in acquiring and managing shopping centers and commercial property on behalf of institutional and private clients, President Harold Spring says. 

You’re in a store comparing two winter coats that look the same but have different prices. What’s the difference between them? The tag on one extols all the wonderful, space-age fabrics and materials inside the coat that will keep you warmer in windy, wintry weather. But how do you know whether it really works?

Society today fosters a disposable mentality. Consumers are eager to live by the philosophy of “out with the old and in with the new.” But, for companies such as Econo-Malls Management Corp., the concept of “redo and reuse” has made for a successful business. As a developer and manager of retail spaces such as strip malls and indoor shopping complexes, Econo-Malls also has become a successful turnaround business. The company gives new life to old structures that are mismanaged structurally and financially.

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