Amid a cross-provincial recession, Leon’s Furniture Limited an­nounced bold plans to continue growth in its established markets and expand into new provinces. The company plans to open four to five new corporate stores and one to three franchise stores each year for the next five years. This could result in a 50 percent increase in its retail network. During a contractual period when many are tightening their belts, some may find the move a bit odd. But as Leon’s President and CEO Terrence T. Leon explains, it is all strategy.

As property development firms have learned the hard way, developing assets for long-term profitability is the most promising way to survive the ups and downs of the market. Fortunately for Fortis Properties Corp., headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the company has focused on retaining strong assets in select markets, efficient operations and cost control as well as emphasizing customer service to spur its growth.

DIALOG – rebranded in 2010 – is a long-time, multidisciplinary design firm that uses an integrated and collaborative approach to its projects instead of a top-down model. Instead of project decisions originating with the owner and being filtered through the architectural firm to the other subconsultants on the project, DIALOG brings everyone to the table to participate in a team-based, integrated design model.

Stadium owners, universities, general contractors, businesses and homeowners throughout New Jersey all look to Star-Lo Electric Inc. for their electrical needs. The Whippany, N.J.-based electrical contractor serves customers regardless of their size or need. “We’ll do everything from the New Meadowlands Stadium to hanging a ceiling fan in someone’s home,” President and owner Joseph Stark says.

RG Construction Services Inc. has been family owned and operated since 1977, when it began operations as a plastering business. But, as the drywall side of things began to take off, RG Construction headed in that direction. Today, the company is one of the largest wall and ceiling contractors in Chicago and northern Illinois.

During the last 40 years, Industrial Louvers Inc. (ILI) has learned how vital it is to embrace changes in the industry. Wooden louvers may date back to the Middle Ages and sunshades are as old as the branches of the oldest tree. But for modern-day needs, those ancient forms of wind, rain and sun protection do not always suffice.  Materials and technologies have evolved dramatically over the decades and ILI has evolved, as well, in order to meet consumer needs.

There are challenges on every construction project, and whether they remain minor or grow into major issues can depend on the people involved and the scope of work. Most contractors will agree that it’s great when everyone works together well and open communication allows problems to be worked out quickly, but not every project is set up to foster that type of environment. As the market remains in a recession, even small issues often seem to be magnified.

For more than 30 years, Centurion Construction. Co. Inc. says it has strived to partner with others to excel in construction. “Our simple mission to provide the highest quality construction in a timely manner has allowed our company to not only grow, but more importantly, obtain an exceptional level of client satisfaction,” it says. 

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