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The Buck Stops Here
Spring/Summer 2020

For Axiom Construction Services Group, LLC (Axiom), a project isn’t just a business transaction that ends with a job’s completion. “We stand behind our work long after we’re done,” says Deib Mougrabi, who is Director of Field Operations and…

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Tested and True
Spring/Summer 2020

Family bonds are strengthened during times of testing, and that’s never more true than in the Elliott family. “Testing” in this case means something else—something that directly gives the family meaning and purpose, that contributes to the…

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…

Cruising to Success
Spring/Summer 2020

One might say John Hansen has cruised into success as a Founder and the President of Suntrol Company and Custom Tint, Inc. (Suntrol), a leader in Ohio’s window film industry celebrating 45 years. That’s because the origins of his dream began…

‘The Better the People, the Better the Project’
Spring/Summer 2020

Construction can be a tough business, but the team at Phoenix Contractors, Inc. (Phoenix) has a winning game plan for success. “We treat our people and our clients equally fair and equally well: subcontractors, architects, owners and owners’…

Diggin’ It
Fall/Winter 2019

Ryan Moon and Dave Chie have grown Diversified Excavating and Site Utilities LLC (Diversified Excavating) from a two-person shop to a company that relies on 20 employees to dig dirt all over Southeast Michigan and Ohio.

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Doing Whatever It Takes To Get It Right
Fall/Winter 2019

“This all started with just me and a van in 2009,” says Ray Barnowske, COO of Stuart Mechanical in Auburn Hills, Michigan. “I had been let go from a position as an HVAC account manager and I needed a job. So, when Broder & Sachse Real Estate,…

Strength From Experience
Fall/Winter 2019

Resiliency is a quality one expects with newly painted walls or industrial floor installations. Both processes should leave surfaces neat and durable—free of any signs of previous adversity such as scrapes, dings, dents or scratches. Industrial…

Above-Board Perspective
Spring/Summer 2019

Spirit & Sons, Inc., a family-owned and operated roofing contractor based in Brighton, Michigan, specializes in installing and maintaining flat commercial roofs and standing seam metal roofing systems. It was founded in 1983 by Dan O’Neill,…

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Optimizing Building Envelopes
Spring/Summer 2019

Stony Creek Services, Inc. is in the business of solving problems. “We work with customers to provide services and technologies that improve energy efficiency, reduce noise and optimize acoustics,” says President Anton Cornellier.

Experts in Fire
Spring/Summer 2019

Woodland Direct, Inc. thrives through its mission: “Learn. Shop. Enjoy.” Andrew Ingram, founder and President, 
explains the slogan that permeates the company culture:

Making the Right Cut
Spring/Summer 2019

Concrete Cutting & Breaking Co. (CCB) is celebrating 45 years in business. The company name succinctly describes one of the niche services it provides: “We cut concrete. Any location, any type, any thickness,” says Rick Olson, general manager.

Setting The Standard
Spring/Summer 2019

Search the internet and you will find more than 53 million results on the characteristics of a great team, each containing a different theory or perspective on the dynamics that result in peak performance. It’s clear there is no “one size fits…

Enlightened Efficiency for All
Fall/Winter 2018

Thomas Edison and his team at Menlo Park, New Jersey, forever changed the way we see the world when he patented the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb in 1880. In recent decades, however, an increased demand for more resilient…

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Raising a Demolition Team
Fall/Winter 2018

The Dore family has demolished and abated structures for 60 years throughout the United States and around the world. “We’ve got a lot of experience,” says Arthur Dore, founder and Chairman. As a newlywed, Dore began with taking down houses to…

Family Connections
Fall/Winter 2018

After more than 35 years in the construction industry, Windale Tate has learned a thing or two about how to succeed as a general contractor. The CEO of Metropolis Excavating, Inc. (Metropolis)—a utility infrastructure, site development and excavation…

Restoring Hope and Reviving Communities
Fall/Winter 2018

With a tenure that extends back to Michigan’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) days of the 1970s, third-generation, family-owned G. Fisher Construction Company (G. Fisher Construction) has thrived in a low-income residential market for 60…

Serving Customers and Community
Spring/Summer 2018

As a lifelong resident of Detroit, Leon Petty has seen his hometown struggle in recent years as the Motor City attempts to remake itself in a changing economy. And as the owner and President of an environmental remediation company, Go Green…

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Not by Numbers
Spring/Summer 2018

When five members of a family lose their jobs on the same day, some would see it as a crisis. The Vork brothers saw it as an opportunity.

The Importance of Structure
Spring/Summer 2018

Commercial buildings come in all shapes and sizes, from upscale mixed-use developments to high-rise hotels to leading-edge health care facilities. But without the art of rough carpentry as their starting point, none of these myriad and complex…

All in the Family
Spring/Summer 2018

In 1960, Jack Schodowski, a Detroit-based sales representative with a growing family decided to take his fate and fortune into his own hands and strike out on his own by founding Shelving, Inc., an Auburn Hills, Michigan-based company that now…

Finding a Place in History
Spring/Summer 2018

Old structures needing a little love motivates the owners of Community Building Services (CBS) into action.

Hard at Work in Homer
Fall/Winter 2017

When Albert Einstein coined the phrase, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” he was likely motivated by someone just like Kent Tackett and his sons.

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From Ultimate Dream to Ultra Business
Fall/Winter 2017

A workshop in a converted one-car garage … a resolve in the face of doubters … a generous and supportive benefactor … two hours of sleep each night while working the day job and the dream job … a belief that engineering and customization concepts…

Driving Diverse Delivery
Fall/Winter 2017

Commercial Contracting Corp. (CCC) is continuing its long ride with customers in the automotive industry—and with those in manufacturing, power and commercial markets—because of its legacy as a qualified, mission-focused “passenger.”

Refrigeration Rules
Fall/Winter 2017

Keeping things cool is the name of the game for Ken Papa, who has spent two-and-a-half decades guiding restaurants and other commercial clients through the ups and downs of maintaining icy conditions where and when they need it—24 hours a day.

A Shining Success in Flint
Fall/Winter 2017

Flint, Michigan, has made national headlines in recent years. Anyone who has seen or heard the news knows of the water crisis and the mounting challenges that this city has faced.

Unity, Not Uniformity
Spring/Summer 2017

Detroit’s Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) has a vision, and that vision is to create a team where the sum of their design solutions is greater than the parts. This simply means that they value inclusive thinking and bring all their ideas…

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Affordable Housing Pays Big Dividends for All
Fall/Winter 2016

Founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1939 as a tile installation subcontractor, Wolverine Building Group (Wolverine) has grown into a large general contractor with national reach. The company’s diverse portfolio includes multifamily housing…

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Quartz Manufacturer Seizes Opportunities, Expands Capabilities
Spring/Summer 2017

Lakeside Surfaces Inc., one of the largest fabricators of quartz countertops and surfaces in the Midwest, is all about sustained long-term growth. Established in 1992 by current company President and CEO Rob Riegler, Lakeside Surfaces now employs…



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