Making the Cut
Frient Construction, Inc. provides reliable and competitively priced concrete cutting, coring and breaking services to the Colorado Front Range
Tyler Frient, Founder and Owner of Denver-based Frient Construction, Inc., credits his family with the inspiration for starting his expert concrete cutting and removal, core drilling and wall sawing business. With a number of relatives in the utility construction industry, Tyler had always heard them commenting about needing these complex services in a more timely and reliable manner.
With the encouragement of his family, the proverbial light bulb went off and Tyler dove head first into the industry. He says, “I called Husqvarna, who makes the walk-behind saws we use to cut concrete and asphalt, and purchased a single saw. They sent a representative out with it and trained me for a week or so on proper operation and maintenance procedure. Back then, we had little to no work, oftentimes performing no more than one small job a day. I started out by walking onto jobsites uninvited, introducing myself, handing out business cards and hoping the work would pick up. Over time, I joined some networking groups, made some connections and began building stronger relationships.”
Building Relationships, Building Success
It is really these relationships that set Tyler up for success. He began attending various industry-based professional organizations and honing in on a target market. One organization he credits a great deal for his growth is the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). After a little over one year of membership, Frient Construction’s reputation as a reliable and efficient saw cutting and core drilling provider grew within the organization. New clients began giving Tyler and his company opportunities to earn their business, and he was ultimately elected to the board of directors. With each successful job completed, new relationships within the industry began to take hold, resulting in work coming in up and down the Front Range.
In just five short years, Tyler’s tenacity has truly paid off. Frient Construction has grown from one truck and a saw to an impressive business with four trucks and plans for more. Tyler notes that in their peak months, Frient’s revenue is nearly double what they did in their entire first year.
Today, Frient Construction is billed as one of Denver’s most efficient and reliable saw cutting and core drilling companies, operating only the finest diamond tools and accessories to get projects done on time and within budget. Tyler remarks, “Utility companies and commercial contractors throughout Colorado all have the same comments: it’s too hard to get a concrete cutting contractor to come to a jobsite on a reasonable timetable. With Frient Construction, you won’t have that issue. Our goal is to be fast, dependable and to excel at what we do.”
Cutting and Drilling Expertise
While the company does do some residential projects, it is the commercial side—such as big pipeline replacement projects and large commercial developments where there is a need for saw cutting, wall cutting and core drilling—that is the company’s mainstay.
Although not as big as some of their competitors, Frient Construction is able to offer all the same services but with a more personal touch. Tyler says, “Our bread and butter is using our slab saws to cut concrete and asphalt for paving, utility and excavating companies. However, we also core drill up to basically any size diameter hole and constantly research new tech and power supplies, making sure that we’re always able to efficiently get people’s projects done without being on their jobsite all day. I want them to hire us to do a specific job and then get out of their hair so that the project can stay on time and on budget.”
Flexibility at Its Core
Beyond Tyler’s ability to build relationships and the deep experience of his crew, Frient Construction’s greatest draw, according to Tyler, is that he always stays flexible. He says, “With utility contractors, when issues come up near the end of a workday, they need somebody the next day; not in two weeks. I get called a lot because people know they can count on us to be on-site when they need us. We have a reputation for our flexibility and our response time, and we typically can get somebody out on-site within one to two days. We just make it work. That’s how we’ve been able to build really strong relationships. In fact, we’ve never had a project with somebody where they didn’t use us again. We don’t overpromise and underdeliver, and we don’t let people down.”