Case Studies Region: Northeast

Todd Barnhart – Gardiner

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Bill Gardiner bought the controlling assets of an HVAC service and distribution company in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1962, he took great pride in being able to dictate the priorities and future of his new business. Bill had spent the last five years selling heating, ventilating and cooling products for Trane, one of the largest […]

Lisa Landis – The Woda Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s no statue, but it does have a connection to the past. The 86,000-square-foot, six-story brick structure was built in the 1890s and has been used as a grocery store, biscuit factory, wool exporter and warehouse. And there’s the most recent use: Nothing at all. For years, the structure stood vacant. Then, in 2015, the […]

Matt Maggiore – The Maggiore Companies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When it comes to urban development, “mixed-use” is a term that gets volleyed around quite a bit these days. As cities and towns grapple with their (in some cases limited) existing space and simultaneously strive to make themselves desirable, the concept of melding residential, commercial, cultural and industrial uses into one harmonious package seems to […]

Bob Jordan – Covalen

Est. reading time: 5 mins

At an industry trade show this past October, the manager of a Midwest municipal utility approached the Covalen booth with some welcome news about where much of his budget for wastewater system upgrades would be going. “I am tired of not having you involved in these processes,” he told a few Covalen executives, among them […]

Becky Foster – Buehler’s Fresh Foods

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The supermarkets and grocery stores of today are nothing like the shops they used to be. Instead of the small stores of yesteryear, supermarkets have grown in the last few decades, to essentially become department stores full of food. They include produce sections equipped with hydration sprinklers, delis serving carved meats, bakeries boasting multiple ovens, […]

Chinburg Properties

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the mid-1800s, seeing a mill in New England was about as common as spotting a Red Sox or Patriots cap is today. There were thousands of mills scattered across the region, and towns depended on these local factories not just for the items produced, but even more so for the jobs. Southern Maine’s cities […]

Judy Robinson – Continuum Architecture and Design

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Judith Robinson doesn’t just see the Philadelphia cityscape, parts of which she has had a subtle hand in reshaping for the past dozen years. There’s more than simply buildings and parks at stake when it comes to municipal development and redevelopment, reminds the one-woman operation known as Continuum Architecture and Design. “Cities should be very […]

Ryan Hoke – The Exterior Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Tens of thousands of companies apply to the very selective Inc. 5000 list. It’s hard enough to make it once, but making it twice is something fewer than one-third of all winners have accomplished. In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, however, the son of a contractor, who essentially grew up with a hammer and nails in his hands, […]

BlackRock Construction

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Adam Hergenrother respects the privacy of his clients and doesn’t boast about the prominent people who have bought some of the high-end houses that BlackRock Construction, the company he and his brother Tom co-founded in 2012, has built in beautiful, bucolic Vermont and upstate New York. Nevertheless, word gets around, and a couple of years […]

MRG Construction Management Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Starting a new business, in any industry, requires striking a balance between the size of the company and the volume of work it handles. Increasing the staff too quickly, without sales to support it, can sap profits, while taking on too much work can overwhelm the staff. Matt Genzale, the founder and owner of MRG […]

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