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Commercial | HAROLD O’SHEA BUILDERS
O’Shea is Built to Survive
O’SHEA BUILDERS’ RAPPORT WITH CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES KEEP IT STRONG. BY ALAN DORICH
fter 109 years, Harold O’Shea Builders has not only built construction projects, but also strong relationships with its clients, CEO Mike O’Shea says. “It is the center of our strategic plan,” he says. “O’Shea is a differentiator when it comes to building lasting relationships.” Based in Springfield, Ill., O’Shea Builders specializes in general contracting, remodeling and renovations, and civil services. O’Shea’s great-grandfather, John O’Shea, founded the company in 1901 as a homebuilder. “He built one or two homes at a time,” Mike O’Shea says. O’Shea Builders slowly evolved from its role as a homebuilder into a major commercial builder, the younger O’Shea says. Last year, the company enjoyed sales of approximately $90 million and now employs a staff of 87 workers. ”We try to attract the best and brightest people for every role at O’Shea,” he says. “And to keep the best and brightest, we have to work hard from a leadership standpoint to make sure everyone stays challenged and feels rewarded for their hard work.” In addition, O’Shea Builders’ emphasis on client relationships has allowed it to grow a strong base of loyal customers. Currently, nearly 90 percent of the company’s work is for repeat clients. “Over the years, O’Shea has worked for just about every major corporation in Springfield,” O’Shea says. “We’ve worked for them time and time again, [but] we’re always trying to build new relationships.”
Keeping O’Shea Focused
O’Shea has been with his family’s company full-time since 1986. However, “I have been coming to work [here] with my dad since I was eight years old,” he recalls, noting that his earliest jobs included sweeping warehouse floors and driving trucks. “I was raised in it,” he continues, adding that
PHOTO: JOHN MUCHOW, MUCHOW PHOTOGRAPHY, SPRINGFIELD
O’Shea Builders performed preservation and restoration work at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Ill.
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Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
DZSP 21 LLC
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Construction Today - March 2011