• A Name Synonymous with Quality

    Carrying on the family name can be an intimidating prospect. Succeeding and making your own mark in an industry where past generations of your family have prospered can be even more so. Yet that’s just what brothers Eric and Glenn Ahlborg of Ahlborg Construction Corporation (ACC) have done.   read more...

  • For the Love of Growing

    When a family business revolves around agriculture, the biggest challenges faced are usually weather, disease and employee retention. But the Cotoia family, which runs Rhode Island-based Laurel Brook Turf, Inc. (LBT), has learned to adapt. In fact, several generations have helped to overcome such obstacles to serve customers ranging from homeowners to major corporations.   read more...

  • Building From the Ground Up

    When Mitch Salamon speaks about his grandkids, he talks about their character and academic and athletic accomplishments with the kind of pride most grandparents have. But unlike most grandparents, Mitch can also speak about the next generation of his family from an employer’s perspective. They are the fourth generation working in the family business, Salamon Flooring Inc.   read more...

  • English as a Second Language

    In 2001, Carlos DosReis was working as a salesman and dancer at a country and bluegrass club in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil when his friend Elci Campos came home for a visit and convinced him to move to the United States. She had emigrated to the U.S. a few years earlier and was convinced that Carlos could make a success of himself there, just as she had.   read more...

  • Fast-Forward

    The goal of building and passing on a family business is a cornerstone of the American Dream. In a way, that’s the tale of Providence, Rhode Island-based Heroica Construction, Inc., though this company’s story stands apart in many ways. Heroica Construction is the American Dream in fast-forward.   read more...

  • Clearing the Way

    In 1999, as the world prepared for a new century, Dave Ross was planning his own adventure of the century—starting a regional sweeping company called Millennium Maintenance & Power Sweeping (MMPS). “We chose the name because we knew it would be used for a while, and it was. From 2000 through 2002 everything was millennium, so we got a lot of name recognition from that.”   read more...

  • Engineering Hope

    Community involvement is a top priority for J.M. O’Reilly & Associates, Inc., based in Brewster, Massachusetts. The professional engineering, land surveying and environmental services firm takes seriously its mission to help others—over the past 15 years, the firm has played some role in the construction of about 60 homes for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.   read more...

  • Queen of the Pipes

    When Melanie Aldrich was a child and she told her dad that she wanted to be a carpenter just like him, he discouraged her and said it wasn’t a typical job for a woman. It soon became obvious that there was nothing typical about Melanie.   read more...

  • Bonds...Just Bonds

    Everyone in the public construction industry knows the importance of surety bonding in earning a job or winning a contract. But not all surety bond agencies are alike. Take, for example, Surety Bond Professionals, Inc., with its sole focus on construction bonding.   read more...

  • Improving Situational Awareness

    While you may not be able to control the weather, you can use modern analytics to take control of its impacts—both threats and opportunities. WeatherBuild® delivers scheduled and real-time, hyper-local weather risk reports directly to project teams in the field where the work gets done and it’s most needed.   read more...

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