Finding good employees is a challenge in today’s labor market, but de Marne & Day says it is their strong suit. The remodeling company has a great field staff and encourages their people to make construction work a career. President Gene Dare (right) says the company offers solid benefits and focuses on attracting and keeping highly skilled personnel. Andrew Sullivan (center) worked at the company for six years before becoming a partner. And the company recently took the unusual step of making their job foreman, Alfred Goldschmidt (left), a principal in the company “In this case, the individual has solid background and understands this business as intimately as the rest of us,” Dare says.

The principals have been building the design/build side of the business, but they are careful about not competing with their architect clients. Besides, Dare says, outside architects bring in larger projects, while design/build is less expensive and is aimed at owners who know what they want done.

The company is equipped to handle all types of jobs, large or small. Because many projects require foundations, they have a strong masonry foreman and crew for brick, block, and stone work. In addition, the company has a full woodworking shop and is a certified fabricator/installer for DuPont Corian.

Dare also developed an estimating and billing system using Microsoft Excel. It’s linked to change orders and cuts down on paperwork and improves accuracy. And the firm just added digital photos to the estimating process.