Since going public in the 1990s, Comfort Systems USA’s goal has been to provide the most complete HVAC service, anywhere, anytime. The company  has done this through a series of strategic acquisitions of local HVAC companies throughout the United States. “We spend a lot of time with the companies before we bring them into the fold,” President and COO Brian Lane says.

When doing business in the Bahamas, flexibility is key. That’s according to CGT Contractors & Developers Ltd. co-owner Wayne Treco, and he should know – the company has operated there since the 1960s, taking on a broad range of work. This approach not only allows its team to be versatile, but also successful in its market. In the Bahamas, Treco says, “You can’t just specialize in commercial [projects] and think you’re going to be a success. [You will not have] enough volume.”

Since 1937, the name Buzick Construction has been synonymous with quality-built whiskey warehouses and other industrial structures for distilleries throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Although the company has expanded its portfolio to include projects in a wider range of industries, the company continues to service the distillery industry. 

If you can imagine fishing with a 3,000-foot line, you can get a sense of what it’s like to lay high-voltage electrical cable underground. You can’t see what you’re doing, and anything could be happening to that line downstream unless you control all the factors faultlessly. The cables are pulled thousands of feet from massive reels through underground pipes from manhole to manhole and then spliced together. Additionally, the carbon steel pipes must be welded together perfectly to allow no leaks or sharp edges that could damage the cable as it is pulled through the pipe.

The construction industry comes down to one thing: deadlines. If a contractor cannot meet a project’s deadlines, the schedule is pushed back, tenants are not able to occupy, budgets become engorged and owners lose money.

With a core focus on upscale, select-service hotels, RLJ Development LLC has quickly grown to become one of the fastest-growing hotel investment companies in the nation. “The quality that distinguishes RLJ Development from our competition is the depth and the strength of our team,” Senior Vice President of Design and Construction Carl Mayfield says. “I call it our ‘people power.’ When you look at the quality and the caliber of the professionals that we recruit, invest in and develop, along with our president, our executive vice president and our senior team, I think we’ve got one of the best teams in the industry.”

After eight years of working for a national retailer building stores, Steve Bachman – president of Retail Construction Services (RCS) Inc. – started his own company specializing in building retail stores. “I knew the business from the retailer’s perspective,” he says. RCS has constructed retail stores for Sears, U.S. Shoe, Nine West, Genesco and Ann Taylor in the early years, and has increased that to more than 50 companies today.

Ramland Construction founder, President and CEO Steve Ramras says the key to his business is building relationships. The company’s reputation among clients in the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries has helped it steadily grow even during the recession. “We’ve been busy; we haven’t seen a downturn in our business in the last few years,” Ramras says. “I think that’s because we do a good job and have built up positive word-of-mouth through our clients.”

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