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SOS-Retail Services (SOS-RS) is a full-service company that supports national retailers and the hospitality industry. With locations in Franklin and Bedford, Texas, SOS-RS employs approximately 150 people, serving clients nationwide.

The company has stood on its own since 2009, when Pete...

Ernest “Ernie” Sota has been in the construction industry since the 1970s, but he found his calling in 1993 when he started Sota Construction Services Inc. (SCS). The company, a general contracting firm whose client list includes medical, institutional, light industrial and multi-family...

California-based South County Housing Corporation (SCH) is a not-for-profit organization that provides affordable housing as a private developer/builder. From headquarters in Gilroy, the company provides central California with top-notch service.

Johny Van Dyke, director of construction...

South Shore Electric Inc. (South Shore) was founded in 1984; the company provides electrical contracting for institutional, industrial and commercial properties across Ohio. As a member of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), South Shore...

Southern Development Homes is a diverse homebuilder and developer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company was established in 1999 by Frank Ballif. Ballif still owns and operates the company as president and leads the operation’s sales division. He built his first home while attending the...

While business is booming, the flooded Houston residential market is no easy one to stay afloat in for area homebuilders. Competing with the energy industry for labor and striving to meet all-time high buyer demand means sink or swim for many companies. However, that is not the case for custom...

Bob Malick, president of Southern Mechanical Inc. (SMI), never expected to run an HVAC company. “It was Georgia Southern College then,” jokes the Georgia Southern University graduate.

Malick first started working in the industry as a summer job in 1977. “I never thought this was where I...

Chip Wilt has been in the construction industry his entire adult life. On the day of his 18th birthday, he began working as a rod-buster – a rebar ironworker (first union, then non-union as the industry went through changes). For over 20 years he worked for two companies in this highly...

Frank Renda, Tim Winn and Rudy Renda spent 15 years accumulating a wealth of experience in underground tunneling at Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. in Roanoke, Texas. The trio ventured out on its own in 2005 and acquired Southland Contracting Inc. (SCI), reinforcing the company’s efforts to become...

Gerald Palmer founded Southland Insulators Inc. (SII) in 1986 as a small, independent insulation company. The family-owned and -operated business has grown for nearly three decades, serving homeowners and general contractors throughout Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The team’s...

After nearly 30 years in business, Harry Baker, founder of Southwest Industrial Rigging (SWIR), understands success isn’t always about large-scale, glamorous projects. “The big jobs don’t make a company, it’s the small everyday jobs,” he shares. “Taking care of your regular customers and doing...

Founded in 1985, Southwest Lath & Plaster is celebrating its 30-year in business as a lath and plaster finishing contractor. Located in Garland, Texas, Southwest Lath specializes in stucco, lath and plaster, exterior finishing...

Sparkle Painting Co. Inc. (SPC) was founded in 1979 with only three employees and a handful of basic painting tools. SPC has grown in the 33 years since to be one of metro Washington, D.C.’s leading commercial painting and wall covering companies, and SPC is defined by its commitment to quality...

Steve Kistner, general manager of Spec-Rite Designs LLC (Spec-Rite Designs), is a New Englander at heart who grew up in Massachusetts, but headed for the West Coast in his early 20s. “I got out of there after the blizzard of ’78,” Kistner laughs. “I went to Los Angeles and then Texas before...

Mike Patterson founded Specialized Riggers & Erectors Inc. (SRE) in 1990 to serve a growing demand in the industrial sector for diverse equipment and mechanical services. The company has grown significantly from the early days, and now employs 75 people working from a single location in...

California’s Central Coast is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Tourists regularly flock to Los Angeles and San Francisco, but not as many discover the beauty, warmth and culture that lies in the communities between those world-famous cities. Specialty Construction Inc. (SCI), a full-service...

Bill Wilson has been involved in the construction industry for 42 years. Growing up in Eighty Four, Pa., he first started working for the town’s renowned 84 Lumber Company in high school. “I worked there through college,” he recounts. “When I left school, I went to work for the company full-time...

When an emergency repair is needed at a wastewater treatment plant in New Jersey, plant managers invariably turn to Spectraserv Inc. to help get the plant back up and running. The full-service pollution control company, which was founded in 1961, is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary in...

Husband and wife Jay and Dana Peters founded Spectrum Cleaning & Restoration (Spectrum) in 1983 to provide a wide variety of cleaning services backed by a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. Carpet cleaning and restoration remain two of Spectrum’s foremost specialties, though the company has...

SPG Solar Inc. (SPG) was founded in 2001 by Dan Thompson to deliver end-to-end solutions that made solar energy systems affordable, accessible and long-term profit centers. The company provides solar power products and solutions, designing the right system for a given application and supporting...

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