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Residential | LAURYSEN KITCHENS LTD. Custom Cabinet Family Kitchens has »Laurysen of experience nearly 40 years in cabinet building. LAURYSEN KITCHENS CREDITS ITS SUCCESS TO THE ATTENTION IT GIVES CLIENTS. BY LUKE GILLESPIE L aurysen Kitchens Ltd. understands the importance of family. Not only is it a second-generation company, but also as a custom cabinet manufacturer, it works closely with families as they build their homes. “Different members of the family bring different ideas, aspects and areas of expertise,” Vice President of Administration Caroline Castrucci says. “As a family business, we understand all the interesting dynamics that take place in a home,” the second-generation executive explains. “This is always important because we are working in people’s homes, and creating an integral part of their home.” Castrucci is the daughter of John and Adri Laurysen, who established Laurysen Kitchens in 1970 in their garage. Nearly 40 years later, the company has grown out of the 1,200square-foot garage and into a 55,000-squarefoot factory. Castrucci’s brother Bill Laurysen is vice president of operations, and her husband, Giuseppe Castrucci, is vice president of sales and marketing. Laurysen Kitchens is based just outside of Ottawa in Stittsville, Ontario. The company works with a network of dealers and builders throughout the province and also exports into the United States. Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. • Annual sales: $18 million • Headquarters: Stittsville, Ontario • Employees: 150 • Service: Cabinet manufacturer Staying Trendy Castrucci says it is important for Laurysen Kitchens to stay up to date with the trends in the cabinet industry. “We’re constantly looking for new trends,” she states, adding that Laurysen Kitchens personnel take trips to Europe every other year to view what trends are popular overseas. In addition, she mentions that the company keeps an eye on trade publications and industry magazines. Color trends change the quickest in the industry, Castrucci notes. “If someone does a big spread in “We provide our customers with peace of mind, whether they are asking for production, semi-custom or full custom.” –Caroline Castrucci, vice president of administration Architectural Digest with a large kitchen, we know we will get customers looking for that in their own home,” Castrucci explains. “If a new color is coming, we have to be able to supply it, and supply it on a consistent basis.” The condo market provides more interesting cabinet styles, according to Castrucci. “If we are doing a condo, then kitchens and vanities tend to be more daring and avant-garde,” she says, adding that with condos, customers will create more colorful kitchens and bathrooms and will also venture from traditional cabinet designs. She says that most single-family homes stick with traditional cabinet designs and finishes. The majority of Laurysen Kitchens’ work is for new residential homes. Castrucci says the company has a client list of builders that it has worked with for a long time and continually get repeat business from. “We have found builders that we work very well with,” she states. “We have a very good mix of clientele, such as Mattamy, Holitzner, Urbandale, Talos, Domicile, Monarch and LA Group. We also CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January 2010
Profitable Contractor
Aireko Enterprises
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Interlink Group
TCD Inc.
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Wharton-Smith Inc.
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Grinnell Recycling
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Sessler Wrecking
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Regional Spotlight
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
Block Cos.
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Urban Landmarks
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
Construction Coach
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
Nan Inc.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
Special Focus
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
DiFazio Industries
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks

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