As Paradigm Window Solutions introduces new window products, the company strives to stay on “the leading edge of innovation,” General Manager Tom Keef says. “We’re typically the guys who come out with cutting-edge things first.” Based in Portland, Maine, the company specializes in high-end vinyl windows for commercial and residential buildings. Keef notes that after 20 years of fabricating windows for a national brand, operations as Paradigm began 10 years ago.

In 2000, Northern California’s Draeger Construction hired Brion Bovee to open the company’s Las Vegas office. “I started the company with nothing here,” he recalls. However, after about five years, “we got to the high point of 185 employees.” Draeger Construction is a remodeling company that provides services for the residential and commercial markets. Its services include reconstruction, roofing, painting, maintenance, interiors, HVAC and insurance repairs. It mainly works in Nevada, but has licenses to work in 14 other states.

What could be wrong with building luxurious condominium structures in one of world’s most coveted Caribbean locations? Well, not much, admits David Wilson, project manager at Butler Development Group, Grand Cayman’s premier builder of luxury resort condominiums. 

In January, Loveland, Colo.-based Alliance Construction Solutions officially became an employee-owned firm when former owner Clayton Schwerin retired and President Bill Joyner, Executive Vice President Brian Weinmaster and 12 other employees bought interest in the company. “Previously, there had been a small percentage of employee ownership, but now more than half of our work force has an ownership stake,” Joyner says.

Enhancing staff development programs and educating its partners on sustainable building practices are major focus points for C.F. Evans Construction as it gears up for recovery in the national housing market. The Orangeburg, S.C.-based firm has built more than 5,000 residential units throughout the southeast United States in recent years including multifamily, senior living and student housing projects.

After more than six decades, ABEL Building Solution says it is at the forefront of the buildings materials industry with a reputation for quality. “[Our vision] is to be the leading regional supplier of superior building solutions,” the company says. Based in Mount Hope, Trinidad, ABEL is one of the Caribbean’s largest manufacturers of clay building blocks, Metro steel, aluminum doors and windows, and Astralite and Spectra UPVC windows and doors. Founders Harold Eckel and William Arehart started the company with the financial backing of Alfred Alstons.

The difference between a custom and a production home can be recognized easily by the public and realtor community. But for Shaddock Homes – whose president, Peter Shaddock, started as a custom homebuilder – the difference is more difficult to detect. “What we do is we give people a custom home without charging a custom home price,” Shaddock emphasizes. “Shaddock Homes is a large-scale, custom homebuilding operation.”

Recently, President Roger Neighbors of Neighbors Construction Co. Inc. (NCCI) received a more-than-welcome “blast from the past.” It was a call from a former client who had hired NCCI in the 1970s, while Roger Neighbors’ father, Pat Neighbors, was still leading the company. “The guy said, ‘I knew your dad in the ’70s, and I’ve been calling around town asking people who’s the best contractor to do apartments, and it turns out that it’s still you guys,’” Neighbors recalls. “He knew us from over 40 years ago, which is great. It’s priceless. That’s the name that we have built over the years, and we continue to build on that.”

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