Permasteelisa North America is not a company that tries to offer as many services as it possibly can. Instead, it specializes in one aspect of construction, providing an expertise that it believes is unmatched in the industry.

If you’ve ever been on an elevator or rode an escalator, chances are you’ve used a KONE product. KONE is one of the world’s leading elevator and escalator companies. It offers one of the best people-flow experiences by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and efficiently from one place to another. KONE also provides maintenance services for automatic building doors.

In March 1992, Ian Hare and Peter Liddell created Hare & Liddell Construction (Pty) Ltd. after developing a strong work relationship at a previous construction firm. With the duo’s solid reputation as a foundation, the company brought on experienced const­ruc­tion personnel, such as Fin­ancial Director Edward Tacon and Aboebakar Fred­e­ricks, who was promoted to director from within the company’s senior management staff.  

“What defines our philosophy is, since we come from a retailing background and our clients are retailers, we know what it’s like to have a landlord, and we know how we like to be dealt with and how we don’t like to be treated,” says Chris Harden, vice president of development for the Vaudreuil, Quebec-based company.

A dedicated staff and strong reputation are key to the success of G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd. The Pretoria, South Africa-based com­pany has served the commercial and indus­trial sectors for more than 30 years, and prides itself on a reputation of quality building, timely completion of projects and proactive participation in planning and contract management.

Everybody talks about integrating  commercial building systems, but  not every­body means the same thing. For manufacturers of legacy building auto­mation and security systems, integration means getting all of the systems to work to­gether but not necessarily making it easy for competitors to integrate their equipment.

There’s no doubt that the real estate market in North America is in a slump, but there are areas of respite for developers who are sufficiently diversified. As the only commercial real estate company listed in the Fortune 500 and the owner of the largest property management portfolio of any brokerage company in North America, it’s safe to say that CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) falls into that category of developers.

When it comes to the success of commercial masonry contractor WASCO Inc., one thing in particular has brought it to the forefront of the Southeast construction industry: customer service. Vice President of Business Development David Masterson explains that WASCO has established itself as a leader by servicing its clients, understanding their needs and providing them with a quality project on time. 

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