• Passion. Persistence. Tenacity.

    How would it feel to be an administrator in the Office of Design and Construction, Public Buildings Service, at the U.S. General Services Administration? After 14 years, it would seem like a pretty sure ticket to a very secure future.   read more...

  • Built to Last

    In 2018, Durable Steel Structures will mark its 39th year in business. Started in 1979 by George Dausch, Durable Steel Structures has built a name for itself as the go-to building company for extremely challenging projects in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.   read more...

  • The Power of Positivity

    It was the mid-1980s and Jim Workmeister was working for a concrete company that started having financial trouble. After nearly everyone was laid off, Workmeister knew it was time to make a change. While talking with his father, he concluded he would trade in his Harley Davidson motorcycle for a pickup truck so that he could start his own business. It was 1986 and Premier Concrete, Inc. was born.   read more...

  • All in the Family for 94 Years

    Since it was founded 94 years ago, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Ralph E. Jones, Inc. (REJ) has moved past painting the market square Christmas tree each year. The opportunities for painting facilities and installing wall coverings and special coatings have come a long way, but what hasn’t changed is the high quality and reliable applications that the company is known for, says owner and President Beth Peiffer.   read more...

  • Growing Together

    Construction runs in the blood of the Kirby brothers. Gary and Calvin Kirby grew up in the business, the third generation of builders in their family following their grandfather, a carpenter mason, and their father, a concrete mason. But while they inherited the experience and the legacy of construction, one thing they didn’t inherit was a family business. That they had to go out and build for themselves.   read more...

  • Framing the Company for the Future

    Target, Polo, Panera Bread, Forever 21—for many, these are merely household brand names. But for the owners of Metropolitan Construction, LLC these are names of clients it has worked for within its first year of existence.   read more...

  • Making Solid Modifications

    Six little words that come from Heath Morgan and Bobby Lundy defy logic: “You can now modify concrete easily.” Concrete—with the skeletal rebar inside—is one of the most versatile and yet most durable building materials on earth. While it can be susceptible to the elements over time, concrete far exceeds other building products in strength and longevity.   read more...

  • The Power of Two

    Robert (Rob) Bertazon and Verna Regler were already business friends when they decided to team up four years ago to launch Maryland Construction Network. But neither of them was 100 percent sure the partnership would click. Today, they’re glad they took the leap of faith. “We’ve had one argument in four years, which is better than most relationships,” Verna says with a laugh. “To say we meld perfectly would be an understatement,” says Rob.   read more...

  • Swamped in a Good Way

    There are not enough hours in the day for Joe Facinoli, the owner and President of Unified Cleaning & Construction Services, LLC, based in Timonium, Md. The voicemail on his cell phone has been full for three years and can’t take any new messages; but he still manages to get back to anyone who texts or emails him. He also returns calls if he sees a missed call because he believes, as busy as it gets, it’s all about relationships. Eventually, he quips, he’ll empty his voicemail messages; but that also takes time and he knows it’ll just refill in a day so … why bother?   read more...

  • 115 Years Old and Still Going Strong

    Wagman, Inc. has been led by the same family—the Wagmans—for over 115 years. One could say that it is in the rarefied elite of multigenerational companies. According to The Family Business Institute, a family business consulting firm, “only about 3 percent of all family businesses operate into the fourth generation or beyond.” Wagman, Inc. has obviously beaten those odds, currently operating with management from the third and fourth generations.   read more...

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