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Lipsky Building Construction Inc.
"I've been with the company for more
than 30 years and those subcontractors that
we have partnered with for decades makes
our working relationship seamless," Hasemann says. "It's a big family without a doubt,
and we stick with the people we know do
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great work and respond well to us. Working with our subcontractors on this project
was amazing because they all really got into
the aspect of building something great. So it
was a collaboration of everyone's efforts to
make this home what it is."
Seventy-five percent of the company's
work is recommendation based, not only
from clients but also the architects it
works with. "Our quality is based upon repetitive clients and professionalism, so we
have to have great working relationships
with those we partner with: clients, architects and subcontractors," Lipsky says.
Despite having great relationships with
its subcontractors, Lipsky says it's challenging to find qualified support for the
"Our educational system is so geared
toward academics instead of trades and
skills that our country is not preparing
our students for what is needed to build
things," he explains. "It's been going on for
decades, which is why we have thousands
of academically intelligent students that
have graduated college with no job and yet
we have thousands of construction skilled
job openings that cannot be filled."
Due to that, the biggest industry challenge is finding qualified, educated and experienced tradesmen, according to Lipsky.
"That's why all of the general contractors
and owners are fighting over the same
good-quality people," he says.
To combat that imbalance in his business, Lipsky helped develop the School of
Construction Management at Mississippi
State University, his alma mater.
"Every two years I bring their junior
and senior classes to New York City -
which is 1,300 miles away from where
they are located - for field trips to watch
the construction of skyscrapers in Manhattan," he says proudly. "Nothing is like New
York City because we construct very big
projects, so I try to do my part. I see these
students at job fairs after they graduate
and they usually land jobs at big construction firms."
At Lipsky, everything is done from the
heart, Hasemann concludes. "You have to
love what you do," he says. "When you love
what you do it's not work, and the results
show in the product at the end." )