When the economy sends the building industry into a tailspin, reputation and quality will win out at the end of the day. Wick Buildings is banking on that fact as it aims to add to its market share while fine-tuning the quality levels of its post-frame buildings. In doing so, it is purposely avoiding producing a low-cost alternative that might satisfy short-term customer demands, but hurt the company’s standing in the long run.

How does a young company begin to distinguish itself in its industry? By building trust and loyalty, which is what Titan Electric works to do with every client on every job. The Villa Park, Ill.-based electrical contractor says it approaches each new client with the intent of creating a long-term relationship through its consistent performance and by delivering the services it promises.

A wide range of capabilities and a diverse client base are making Rowland Construction Services’ future bright. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company brings its expertise as a general contractor and construction manager to projects in the hospitality and commercial sectors.

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.

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