Call Dick Benson anytime between November and April and chances are good he’s got his eye on the Weather Channel. New Hampshire winters are cold. Not a lot of remodeling goes on. At least not the kind that has to be done outdoors. So a hefty chunk of the business done by Brix & Stix comes from snow removal. “The snow hits and we swing into motion.”

Anything and everything is “pretty much the nature of our market,” says Benson, an industrial engineer who went out on his own to found R.A. Benson Associates, the prelude to Brix & Stix, in 1978. His company is organized into divisions: carpentry and roofing, chimney lining and restoration, and site work and landscaping, much of which involves laying underground replacement wire for the local utility.