Most companies have a corporate culture, but at Gavigan Homes, employees have esprit de corps – as in the U.S. Marine Corps. “Most of our employees actually feel like they joined the Marines by working with the company – my wife was a drill instructor,” jokes CEO Billy Gavigan. “We run it like a military sort of a group and organization.

For more than 60 years and three generations, Cobalt Construction Co. enjoys a rich family heritage deeply-rooted in the heavy civil construction industry. The post-WWII era found tunneling expert Harvey Kruse in the Southern California region, building a growing metropolitan area’s infrastructure.

Just like building materials and structures, windows typically have to be de­signed to be able to withstand various weather conditions and climates. In western Canada and the United States, Starline Windows makes and builds windows that are resistant to the wet weather. “There’s a lot of rain and a lot of oceanfront, so we get wet and have frequent wind storms,” General Manager Terry Vipond says.

There are not many landscaping companies that can say they have maintained a successful business for more than half a century, but the family owned and managed Gelderman Landscaping can. Based in Waterdown, Ontario, the firm provides landscape construction, maintenance, and snow and ice removal services.

Today’s consumers do not have the time or interest to drive from store to store, perusing through hundreds of home décor products to find the perfect light fixture.  They want a one-stop virtual shop with unlimited options accessible to them through the click of a mouse. With more than 280,000 products available online and access to hundreds of thousands more products from its vendor base, chances are has what they’re looking for.

On each job on which Archadeck performs, its clients are seeing something unique in the construction world: a local contractor with national stability. “We offer a national guarantee on top of a local warranty that stands behind each project,” Director of Construction and Drafting Victor Weaver explains. “If the local office is unable to complete the job or perform warranty work for some reason, we have a national entity to step in and complete the necessary work. We have local guidance and perspective, as well as national expertise.” 

From building exteriors to staff and amenities, V!VA Retirement Comm­unities believes in making community members feel part of a friendly, thriving community. “One of the things we’re aiming to achieve with our design is to move away from an institutional feel,” says Danny Joseph, director of sales and marketing. “We’re trying to make our designs more community-based and more family- orientated, so our community members feel like they’re truly at home as opposed to living in a hospital.”

Since originating as a small junk and supply store started by two brothers, Friedman’s Home Improvement has evolved into a successful third-generation, family owned and operated home improvement business. With stores in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Ukiah, Calif., the company has supplied products for DIY homebuilders and contractors in northern California for more than 60 years.

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