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Building Boldly
Fall/Winter 2019

To be bold is to be daring. Those with an intrepid spirit often challenge the status quo to achieve their goals, and demonstrate remarkable tenacity under pressure. Such is the case with Michael Allen, the determined and highly motivated leader…

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Passing the Torch
Fall/Winter 2019

After almost 30 years in business, Paul Gajda finally feels like he can retire from Metal Fence Supply Co. because he found the right person to take over the company. For the past year, he’s been partnering with longtime employee Brandon Dando…

Doing the Dirty Work in Pittsburgh
Fall/Winter 2019

Steve Cioppa is the Owner of Phase One Development Corporation (Phase One), a company in Pittsburgh that has been performing demolition, lead and mold abatement, concrete resurfacing and asbestos removal since September 2001. We talked in…

The Benefits of Youth + Experience
Fall/Winter 2019

Timbers Building Co. is a young company with unusual depth and experience. Dan Palmer Jr., Owner and President of Timbers Building, is only 28, but he represents the third generation in his family to own and operate a construction company.…

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Reimagining Retail
Spring/Summer 2019

Born of a long line of carpenters, Art Rectenwald understands the importance of cutting, shaping and adapting to produce quality results.

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50 Years of Building Relationships
Spring/Summer 2019

In its 50 years of helping subcontractors and specialty trade contractors, the American Subcontractors Association of Western Pennsylvania (ASA WPA) has developed events and services to enhance its business operations. This year’s goal: create…

Restorations Over Generations
Spring/Summer 2019

Seventy years ago, a man named Ed Mariani and his wife, Josephine, founded a masonry restoration and waterproofing company as a way to support themselves and their two young daughters, Charlotte and Andrea. At first, Ed began by bidding and…

The Fairchance Difference
Spring/Summer 2019

For a business that has grown and thrived for more than a century, Fairchance Construction is refreshingly innovative, adopting technology to give its customers greater control and vision over the process, materials, design and end product.…

The Best of All Worlds
Fall/Winter 2018

From the time he was 10 years old, Domenic DiMarco remembers working alongside his late grandfather, an old-school tradesman from Italy and his namesake. Today, the younger Domenic represents DiMarco Construction Co., Inc.’s third generation,…

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‘When People Call, We Deliver’
Fall/Winter 2018

As the saying goes: out of sight, out of mind. That may be truer for pipes than almost anything else. They’re an essential part of the circulatory system for the society we enjoy, but most people never think about them. Until the moment they…

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce
Fall/Winter 2018

Pete Gum and Ericha McLaughlin work on behalf of the members of Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA (ABC of Western PA). They also work on behalf of students who haven’t even graduated from high school yet.

Creative and Comprehensive Solutions
Fall/Winter 2018

When Charles E. Kennedy Sr. (Chuck) founded Tri State Electric, Inc. (Tri State) in 2008, the company name aptly described its regional reach. Tri State initially did business in its home state of Pennsylvania, plus West Virginia and Ohio.

Forty Years and Still Growing
Fall/Winter 2018

For 40 years, A.W. McCay Contracting, Inc. has been providing quality commercial construction services, including build-to-suit and renovations, to the greater Pittsburgh region and Ohio.

No Stone Left Unturned
Spring/Summer 2018

Camped out on a mountain peak in Italy’s Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany, Emre Basman knew he’d found a focus for his entrepreneurial heart. At the time, the then 25-year-old was a buyer for a stone company in the U.S.

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Pleasant Unity Supply Knows Its Products
Spring/Summer 2018

Nathan Kenney can’t think of a single thing he’d change about his family’s business—except perhaps its location. Nathan is General Manager of Pleasant Unity Supply, located about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and six miles…

Raising the Standards
Spring/Summer 2018

McCarrell Landscape Construction, LLC happened by accident. Founder and owner 
Brad McCarrell has been in the landscape industry since he was a teenager. In high school, he worked part time for a nursery wholesale retailer and grower, a job…

Family Heritage of Masonry Continues
Spring/Summer 2018

Today, fourth-generation mason Dominick Antonio carries on the legacy of his great grandfather who came from Italy in the early 1900s to build churches in Philadelphia. That legacy is Antonio and Son Contracting, LLC, a family-owned masonry…

Fantastic with Flagships
Spring/Summer 2018

Aaron Rectenwald’s timeline for success has been in a steep, steady upward trend. When he was 16, he went to buy his first car and ended up meeting his future wife, Hilary. They now have two children.

KEEPING A CLIMATE OF FAMILY
Spring/Summer 2017

It’s no fluke that Climatech Inc. has weathered the ups and downs of the construction industry throughout its 45-year history. Founded by Mitchell Taback in 1972, his son Brad Taback took over the commercial HVAC company’s service-oriented traditions,…

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MANAGING CHANGE THROUGH MODERNIZATION
Spring/Summer 2017

From Pittsburgh to Calcutta, entrepreneurs around the world are on the search for new ways to ensure the longevity of their businesses. Some rely on incremental changes: trying out a new marketing strategy, hiring an advisor, or cutting down…

FAMILY OPERATION THRIVES ON FATHER-SON TEAMWORK
Fall/Winter 2016

The Mongiovi & Son companies, headquartered in Pittsburgh, generate $20 million in revenue each year and employ over 100 people. What began as a small, single-person business operating out of a garage has transformed into a large, well-established…

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