4 February Hager Construction: Survives, Then Thrives February 4, 2019 By Laura Pavlus News Construction, Hager Construction, JAXPORT 0 Jaxport Magazine Winter 2019 - by Laura Jane Pittman - full article here HAGER CONSTRUCTION: SURVIVES, THEN THRIVES Hager Construction Company recently completed its first Small and Emerging Business (SEB) project with JAXPORT – a roofing contract for AMPORTS terminal administration building at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. This initial port partnership exceeded expectations and received a glowing report from port engineers. It also marks an amazing turnaround for the 20-year-old firm, which suffered major bumps during the recession a decade ago. Like many in the construction business, Hager Construction was hit hard when the economy took its downturn. At one point employing 20, the company let everyone go except for two employees. Revenue dropped dramatically. Business as they had known it came to a halt. Survival, however, was the only option for company President John W. Hager. He stepped up to the plate, re-evaluated the company’s business plan and began to restructure, said Vice President Stephanie Ayers. “The first thing we did was create a new plan that was focused on federal work and increased management efforts such as proposal writing and searching out contracts,” said Ayers. “We also obtained HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) status. So when the economy started to come back, we were ready.” Hager Construction prioritized customer service, which included making sure it eliminated waste from jobs, managed response times and included preventative steps and training. One of the keys is Hager’s presence on job sites. “John is the superintendent for our work, and his involvement in the field sets us apart from other companies,” said Ayers. “He is present at the many client and employee meetings which helps keep our schedule intact and costs down, and clients know they can trust him to manage more complex projects. That reliability is essential to having successful working partnerships.” Hager Construction is now back up to 30 employees, and overall revenue for 2018 is set to exceed $3.5 million. The company also has positive relationships with the City of Jacksonville and the facilities management of Florida Department of Transportation. “We have been pleased working with JAXPORT’s Small and Emerging Business program and are grateful the AMPORTS project went well, with minimal disturbances to the occupants of the building during construction,” said Ayers. “We plan to continue cultivating our relationship with JAXPORT.” Learn more about - Hager Construction here - hagerconstructioncompany.com Related Jacksonville's Office Market Benefited from a Strengthening Economy as Job Creation Continued "With a growing population and a strengthening economy, both national and local businesses look to Jacksonville as a top-tier market for operations," said Colliers, which represented Gramercy Woods in the Aetna transaction. Clay EDC Seeks to Strengthen the Strong Commercial Broker Relationships Criticial to Economic Development "Location, location, location" - This is perhaps the most critical first step in business relocation or expansion and at the heart of this is the commercial brokers who represent these sought after locations. Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast! 70+ High-wage defense sector jobs are coming to Wells Road in Orange Park of Clay County Florida. Marine Corps and Boeing Resurrect F/A-18 Fighters As the Navy and Marine Corps face dire readiness challenges in their tactical aviation fleets, Boeing is stepping up to add capabilities and longevity to older F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The C+ work is being performed at Boeing’s Cecil Field facilities in Jacksonville, Florida. During an exclusive tour of the facilities, Maxwell showed National Defense the first reconstituted aircraft from the boneyard. New 5-Year Economic Development Plan Unveiled A new five-year strategic plan charting Clay County’s economic development future recommends county officials maximize the First Coast Expressway construction, create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for area millennials and to brand Clay County with recognizable signage on its borders. Officials Look to Spring Park Project as Key Piece in Economic Development GREEN COVE SPRINGS | The natural spring that is key to the city’s historic past could help lock in its future, say Green Cove Springs leaders and economic development officials projecting new business and industry could come into the community just as the mineral water now flows through Spring Park into the adjacent St. Johns River. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.