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KODIAK BUILDING PARTNERS

are based in Texas and Colorado, but the company also operates a concrete supplier in Michigan, as well as a lumber and
building supplies business in Boston, and a drywall business
in Newark, Del.

The bulk of the company's businesses are located in Texas
and Colorado.

PRIME LOCATIONS
The bulk of the company's businesses are located in Texas
and Colorado because both states have experienced surges in construction over the past few years. "The markets

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we're in have a lot of things going for them," Swinney says.
Kodiak chose the Texas and Colorado markets based on
demographic trends. "People are coming to these places,"
Swinney adds.
Additional acquisitions could lead to growth anywhere
in the country, Swinney says. "We've looked at 250 acquisition opportunities over the past five years," he says. "We've
looked at opportunities in every region of the country."
The company does significant due diligence before adding a company to the Kodiak family. "We're looking for companies that have strong management teams and are leaders
in their market," Swinney explains. Perhaps just as important is the desire for "someone who is willing to partner with
us," he says. "Partnership is key in an acquisition."
Kodiak leverages the knowledge and reputation of the
companies it acquires. The company believes that the diversity of building codes and construction practices throughout
the country means construction has to be a local business.
Decisions are made in individual markets where Kodiak's
employees can tailor the assortment of goods and services
to the needs of their local customers. Additionally, Kodiak
retains the names of the businesses it acquires for the trust
and recognition that they have earned in the marketplace,
Swinney says.
Swinney says he's impressed with the company's growth
since 2010. "We're really gratified and pleased with where
we've gotten in the first five years," he says. "This is a competitive space." But he's most proud of the people who make
up the company. "We have a great team," he says. "We're just
really proud of the people we get to work with every day."


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