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Irving Zuckerman, who along with his brother Alan is a principal of the commercial construction company Verticon Ltd., says he’s already experienced a couple of national economic downturns over the past few decades. So take it from him, this one was a doozy.
That’s not to say, however, that it’s all doom and gloom.
The third generation, Monroe-based company is arguably the area’s preeminent commercial general contractor, specializing in municipal construction as well as light industrial and large agriculture-related projects. Medical office buildings are another area of expertise, but he speculates that between the new hospital and the numerous Crystal Run Healthcare facilities built in the past few years, the ripple effect felt from both has diminished.
“Everyone is fighting very hard for business,” Zuckerman says. As a general contractor, Verticon often puts the entire construction team together, from site selection and architects to vendors and carpenters. “It’s obvious from the bidding that’s going on that vendors are hungry,” he says. “Now’s a great time to be a buyer.”
Verticon’s list of clients is a who’s who, not just in Orange County but corporate America, too. Among the companies and institutions they’ve worked for: Home Depot, Wendy’s, The Bank of New York, International Paper and Konica Minolta. Verticon has also been responsible for building or renovating town halls, libraries, fire departments, correctional facilities and schools.
On Time, On Budget
Verticon enjoys a sterling reputation earned as a result of the no-nonsense style in which it runs its business. Simply put, it follows all the rules and regulations while bringing projects in on time and on budget. It also maintains a policy of open communication.
“We know that building or renovating can often be a daunting task for our clients, but we make it easier by communicating regularly and taking charge of every aspect,” explains Verticon’s website.
In addition, the company exhibits uncommon attention to the environment and the overall health and well being of their communities. To that end, Verticon is a member of the Orange County Partnership, the Citizens Foundation, Pattern for Progress, the Orange County Planning Board, Orange County Trust and the U.S. Green Building Council.
In Orange, Zuckerman says, these groups are allied, seeking “balanced growth through strategic planning.”
And Zuckerman says one of the joys of being in business in the county is the commitment the economic development community has to sane, sensible growth. He also says that there’s a real “we’re in it together” attitude.
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