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People-Friendly Innovation is Key
Fall/Winter 2021

Like high-tech empires and teenage rock bands, OPC Pest Services (OPC) began life in the family garage. In this case, it was a father-and-son startup in the Louisville suburb of Okolona. The business was originally called Okolona Pest Control,…

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A Solid Tradition
Fall/Winter 2021

Emerson Masonry Inc. has five generations of experience in the craft of masonry, with quality work and versatility as its hallmarks, according to Chris Emerson, Owner.

Fascination with Fabrication
Fall/Winter 2021

While studying mechanical engineering, Bob Daly was intrigued by the physical properties of metals.

An Ecosystem of Services and Solutions
Fall/Winter 2021

Developed from a deep commitment to the clients and communities it serves, BW Construction has made a name for itself in the public and private sectors. A full- service real estate development and construction management firm in Indianapolis,…

Tiles, Textiles & Talent
Spring/Summer 2021

As its name implies, Summit Flooring Group LLC (Summit) in Frankfort, Kentucky, has high expectations when it comes to service.

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Beginning with the End in Sight
Spring/Summer 2021

It’s no secret that technology is advancing at breakneck speed and impacting the way most industries conduct their businesses. For companies in the architecture, engineering and construction space, Topcon Solutions Store keeps customers ahead…

Salt of the Earth
Spring/Summer 2021

In the 18 years since Co-Owners Mark Egbert and Gregg Huey purchased Swinney Brothers Excavating Co., Inc. (Swinney Brothers), the company has undergone a modernization of its office procedures, equipment and safety practices. However, the company’s…

Committed to the Company
Spring/Summer 2021

Every business owner wants employees who work like they own the company—a culture where everyone gives their all. That’s an everyday occurrence in this 100% employee-owned firm, according to John Place, President of Ancon Construction.

Raising the Roof With Pride and Craftsmanship
Fall/Winter 2020

Gene Fowler, President and CEO of Covington-based Sentry Roofing, Inc., emphatically believes that employees are capable of great things—if you give them the space to breathe. “People are amazing and can do so much more than they think they…

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Painting Within the Lines Spells Profits
Fall/Winter 2020

Sometimes things just fall in line. And, that’s just what happened when Sean Armstrong and his father, Larry, formed Inline Painting, an Indianapolis, Indiana, commercial painting company, in 2007.

Making Market Gains
Fall/Winter 2020

Over the last two years, Clark Excavation & Utility, a division of Clark Farm Drainage, has expanded its capabilities to support a broad range of projects within the construction industry.

Under Lock and Key
Fall/Winter 2020

By this time next year, Indianapolis-based Ashley Safe & Security will be opening the doors on its third location as the commercial security integrator expands into Kentucky. Led by Air Force veteran Jim Ashley, the family-owned company is a…

Plenty in Store for Retailers
Fall/Winter 2020

The challenge of planning, opening and running a retail or commercial establishment—meeting the needs of a throng of customers day after day—has met its match in The MDC Group (MDC).

Raising an Industry’s Profile
Spring/Summer 2020

For Jason Godby, business ownership is laid out in his company’s mission statement—make life better. He believes in people before profits, a perspective that might seem idealistic or even unsustainable to some, and that if you take care of your…

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Living the American Dream
Spring/Summer 2020

When Roberto Molini came to the United States in 2001, he immediately felt the allure that has attracted people from around the world to call the U.S. home. He felt the amazing strength of the nation and embraced the quality of life offered…

Three Maxims for Life and Work
Spring/Summer 2020

It may be hard for some to imagine that PREFERRED GLOBAL, INC. CEO, John Norton, found his calling in the painting and flooring contracting industry decades ago. After graduating from Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration,…

To Shield, Defend and Protect
Spring/Summer 2020

No job is too big or too small for Contego International, Inc. (Contego) because preventing things from burning is always a good thing. Contego, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Rochester, Indiana, manufactures a passive fire-barrier coating…

Passion For Excellence
Spring/Summer 2020

Spec Roofs, located in New Albany, Indiana, is built on the foundation of friendship and a passion for providing excellent roofing services. The friendship between Co-Owners John Stamper and Jeff Jackson goes back two decades. The two have done…

Community Foundations
Spring/Summer 2020

Woodbine Construction President Mike Grider and his leadership staff know firsthand what it takes to be a subcontractor, all having worked as subs during their careers. Before Grider started with Woodbine in 2014, he was working in the field…

Beliefs + Behavior = Excellence
Fall/Winter 2019

Tri-State Cold Formed Steel Components (Tri-State) provides light-gauge structural framing packages for hotels, apartments, dormitories and other nonresidential construction projects, including retail businesses and assisted living communities.…

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Customer Service Above All Else
Fall/Winter 2019

When Rodney Stovall founded Ace Roofing and Construction over 18 years ago (2001) in Indianapolis, he made a name for himself through top-notch customer service above all else. “We get there in 24 to 48 hours instead of the week most roofing…

Bringing a Woman’s Touch to Commercial Construction
Fall/Winter 2019

La-Tisha Pirtle and her husband, Michael Pirtle, are building MonaVation General Contractors (MonaVation) around home and business building renovation—and impacting people’s lives. Launched in 2014 in Indianapolis, MonaVation began as a residential…

The Great Unknown
Fall/Winter 2019

Mike Willham was 24 when he was discharged from the Navy and returned to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to reunite with his wife’s family. He had served his country at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during the Vietnam War for two years, and while he was delighted…

An Ecosystem of Services and Solutions
Fall/Winter 2019

eveloped from a deep commitment to the clients and communities it serves, BW Construction has made a name for itself in the public and private sectors. A full- service real estate development and construction management firm in Fishers, Indiana,…

Daring Decisions, Remarkable Results
Spring/Summer 2019

A decade has gone by since the official end of the Great Recession, but the financial crisis is still fresh in the minds of many business leaders, including Daniel Schmidtendorff, President and CEO of Communication Company of South Bend, Inc.,…

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Applied Knowledge Brings Rewards
Spring/Summer 2019

Donita Mudd, President of Lapsley, Inc., based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, became knowledgeable about window treatments as a teenager. Her mother, Mildred Lapsley, had a drapery workroom where she produced residential drapes. Installation of the…

Made in the Shade
Spring/Summer 2019

For 28 years, the brother and sister team of Kevin Drake and Tonya Davis have led Indianapolis-based Shade by Design in its advanced design, manufacturing and installation of awnings and shades for both commercial and residential use. What’s…

Glass Manufacturer Sees the Light—and Adds Services
Spring/Summer 2019

For nearly three quarters of a century, the J.C. Moag Corporation has dutifully produced glass building and design materials, knowing full well that the actual installation was in the hands of other workers whose skills and timeframes were unknown.…

Plenty of Sunshine
Spring/Summer 2019

“Destiny.” That is how MPI Solar’s founder and owner David Mann and Amie McCarty, director of sales & marketing, explain their unexpected roles in the solar energy industry. Against all odds, David, a plumber, and Amie, a sales representative…

Learning to Fly
Spring/Summer 2019

When Holladay Construction Group, LLC (HCG) won the contract as general contractor to build the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, the project posed challenges beyond anything the team had tackled before. But that’s not surprising—it…

Paving a Path to Explosive Success
Fall/Winter 2018

As one of Indiana’s fastest-growing businesses, WarrenCo Construction & Paving, LLC provides commercial-grade concrete and asphalt paving and remediation services to clients in and around Indianapolis. It is also the state’s largest direct-to-consumer…

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Relationships Come First
Fall/Winter 2018

Nearly 20 years ago, Brian Gatewood set out with a plan—and a van. With two employees and a vehicle, ShepCo Commercial Finishes (ShepCo) was born. The company was founded primarily as a commercial painting company, working on small projects…

Ever Evolving
Fall/Winter 2018

With more than three decades of experience in the glass and panel business, Charles “Charlie” Blagburn might be forgiven for wanting to rest on his laurels. However, the CEO of Indianapolis-based Blagburn Glass and Panel continues to work hard…

Celebrating 25 Years of Giving in Indiana
Fall/Winter 2018

At six-weeks old, Zoe, the daughter of Carly and Seth Anderson, was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a life-threatening liver disease with no cure. This diagnosis is rare, affecting 1 in 18,000 infants at birth. But fortunately, Seth, a superintendent…

‘We Do the Right Thing’
Fall/Winter 2018

White Oak Construction, located in Indianapolis, started in 1982 in the garage of founder and President Jerry Sobota’s home. It was a company created out of necessity and the need to survive.



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