Sponsored by Allied Building Products Corporation
Hedrick Construction Inc. of Huxley, Iowa, has relied on old-fashioned hard work and great customer referrals to build a sterling reputation over the past decade. Owner Shawn Hedrick, 32, and his wife, Business Manager Heather Hedrick, 31, both have college degrees, but it was Shawn who was looking for work out of college when a part-time roofing job led him to start his own company nearly ten years ago.
The company recently re-roofed the steeple of a church and had to do it in a way that would preserve its historical nature. “Our crews had to rent a crane to tear off the existing wood shakes, replace all damaged framework, and install new wood shake shingles,” Heather said. “We had to refabricate the existing weathervane on the upper steeple of the church as well as removing, repairing, and re-installing the existing bell. When the old shakes were torn off, the crews saw names that had been written and etched into the original framework that dated back to 1898 when the church was built.”
Hedrick Construction, which prides itself in its hardworking, experienced work crews, is a platinum preferred contractor for Owens Corning, and works with national supply chains such as Allied Building Products, as well as small local lumber stores in the communities they work in.
Shawn Hedrick said the company is fortunate to be doing well despite the tough economic times. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been this year,” he said.
The Hedricks offered a couple commonsense tips. “Hard work is the key to running a successful business,” Heather said. “Having loyal crews is a necessity. Word of mouth referrals is the best form of advertising, so make sure every customer is happy. Research your competition, but don’t talk negatively about them. Give back to the community.”