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K2 Contracting Ltd.

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 10, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Kevin Fairweather manages the business K2 Contracting Ltd. that does about $3.5 million to $5 million dollars a year.

“We do some residential homes and light commercial work,” says Fairweather. “We’re in the construction area so our number of employees fluctuates depending on what we’re doing. We have about 30 employees, have had up to that. Now we have 18. Most of them are apprentices, they are finishing their last years of apprenticeship.”

In a small community such as Rossland, BC where they are based, their recent strategies towards marketing are different than most. They focus on the bigger houses and higher-end homes that the is something smaller-end people cannot even look at.

Customer service is important to K2 Contracting Ltd., “try to look at your clientèle’s best interests, and try to develop a good rapport with your suppliers and subtrades,” Fairweather says.

It is the people behind K2 Contracting Ltd. that really make it happen. Fairweather tries to keep his employees happy. He gets guys coming in who want a day off and he makes sure he helps them out so they keep wanting to come in on a daily basis.

“We’re in a modern age here where your employees do more of the driving of the boat than an employer would like,” says Fairweather. “There is a lot of giving and take.”

To beat the competition coming from bigger cities, Fairweather employs a plan, “we may take the heat of the financial burden to employ a few more people that are deemed necessary, it gives you the ability to grow instead of to staying stagnate in one place. The same for tools and equipment. We’ll just leverage something so that we have it when we need it.”

K2 Contracting Ltd. just landed a $3.5 million contract at the base of Red Mountain. They are building phase one of a complex of 10 townhomes.

K2 Contracting Ltd. works with what their clients needs, “the more information you can give your clients, the more educated people are going to be to your questions. It’s important to view what they’re doing through their eyes, not necessarily through yours.”

Fairweather also says that safety is an important part of the job.

“It’s important that everyone enjoy themselves. Not to a state where you are going to be unsafe or harmful to them. Everyone having a good time, having knowledgeable staff definitely helps. Honesty and being able to live up to what your demands and what demands you said you could meet.

“Customer service, we’re in a small town. You could rip people off, take months to do things, that would take work. Unethical. We’re at a day and age as well, where someone would want to do a little bathroom reno a homeowner could do that. We’re in a day and age where a homeowner should not try to build a house without a contractor with them.”

Gaiser Construction Specialists

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 9, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Bruce Gaiser got into a pinch back in the late 1980s and 1990s when he started doing business with Native reserves in Manitoba. The cash flow of the business dried up, “I decided I would work for more credible companies, like school boards, government, provincial boards, municipalities, cities, now we’re getting more into the design-build,” says Gaiser. “You solicit the general contractors which is what we do, this is how the owner decides which builder to go with. The competitive build is what it is called. Back in the early 90s, you would get 10 and 11 guys bidding on a job, now you would get about three. You can be more selective about who you deal with. Honing in on what we are good at.”

The company does about a dozen to two dozen projects a year. Currently, two of their projects include grocery stores in Shore Lake, Manitoba, “looking at Esther Hazey, Saskatchewan,” says Gaiser. “They mine for potash and they use it for fertilizer, it’s a huge commodity because they use it for ethanol so they just upgraded to one of the mine sites. Real estate in the town overnight jumped to over 25 percent.”

When it comes to marketing, Gaiser says the company is not big on it. They work with Goodon Industries and they manage the excavator, the plumbing, the heating and the drywaller, “so we’ve developed a strategic alliance with them in Aylmer, Ontario. The guy who started the facility they grew tobacco.”

Gaiser finds it hard to keep his best people when it comes to human resources, “well that’s a tough one because labour is so tight right now. It’s a tough market right now and the availability of trained skilled labour is tough to find. The people we do have with us we are giving them incentives, we are giving them wage incentives and we are bumping them two to three times a year. Hospital districts we work for too. They poach our people. We give our people training and we give them opportunities.”

Gaiser says he had one woman with their company who they trained and she did well. She did so well that the federal government hired her. Another man was traveling miles and miles to get to Gaiser Construction Specialists. The company did some projects in his hometown and came to know about the work – soon he was hired on in his local town.

“We pick a volume, we can only do so much work because we only have only so much resources available, we look at subcontracting and we have to be very careful about the projects we are going to work on,” Gaiser explains. “The economy improves and then people are getting poached to bigger companies. The strategy changes to how you can do well and give customer service because in the end, that is what is important.”

To keep the Gaiser Construction Specialists going so they can continue strong customer service, their recent strategies in investment are important. They buy land, not gold. Their concentration is on commercial properties, although they do have some residential properties as well. Bruce Gaiser invests in his company, “we look at buying revenue properties and that’s our strategy and that’s where we have got to be. Real estate is going up. Where the ceiling, I do not know.”

In terms of development, they are in a busy market right now where it is easy to find customers, “you want to keep your level of customer service substantial,” says Gaiser. “The people who are kicking tires and looking for the best bargain, once you give them the price, they either see the value or they don’t. We’re working with companies like Wyeth Organics [pharmaceutical company]. Basically, pick the customers and get in with those people who have lots of work and develop those strategic alliances.”

Some of their strategic alliances include working with the school boards on rooms for children with disabilities. This is a project worth $75,000.

“We’re doing a hospital of 4,000 square feet and that’s about a $6 million job,” says Gaiser. “It’s all soup to nuts…it’s all based on the customer and what they need. Customer service, that is really the foundation of what we do. We as contractors build on an understanding and a set of drawings. We are always building on the understanding of what they need us to do. You have to understand how the process of the training and the education is going, like on Extreme Makeover it’s a makeover with Ty [Pennington] and motivating people. You need that inner satisfaction when you’re doing a project. That’s the customer service side of things.

“We build on your on your ideas. Have that on the side of my truck.”

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