Downtown location gets a triple-A from new remodeling business
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[March 04, 2009]
Larry Adams sat at his desk at
his new location on the square. His business, AAA
Windows-Siding-Roofing, is still getting set up in the location at
125 S. Kickapoo. Adams is an old pro at remodeling. Starting two
decades ago as a replacement window installer for a large St. Louis
company, he eventually became a district sales manager for that
He decided to go on his own in 1996 and began his business in East
Peoria with a partner. The company was located in the center of East
Peoria, and Adams really liked the atmosphere of being in a downtown
Adams and his wife live in Lincoln, and his company did a great
deal of work locally. So when Adams bought out his partner, he and
his wife, Teresa, decided to relocate the business and open shop on
the square. He says he likes the costs associated with downtown
Lincoln, and the location makes him feel like he is right in the
middle of everything.
The company handles the installation of replacement windows and
siding, new roofs and new doors. Adams said his business is the
exclusive area supplier of Great Lakes windows, a triple-pane window
renowned for its high energy efficiency.
When discussing the economy Adams has concerns but points out
that when new building stops, remodeling doesn't necessarily follow.
"Last week we were at the big trade show in the Peoria Civic Center.
There was a pulse," he said. "There was lots of traffic and I am
booked with appointments."
Adams sees the building market leaning toward more people
upgrading where they live rather than building new, and that is what
his company specializes in. He also points to the energy tax credit
available to homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades, and he feels
that is a strong selling point for using his company's services.
Larry and Teresa, who is the office manager, have lived in
Lincoln since 1992 and have a fondness for the square and Lincoln.
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When asked why he moved his business from a much more populated area
to Lincoln, Adams gave an explanation that made great sense. "We
have been blessed with a tremendous amount of business in Lincoln.
We live here, and now we are centrally located so that we can cover
the four major markets of Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur and
Springfield, plus Lincoln."
At the height of last summer, the company had six crews out on
the streets working on home projects. And, he has faith that will be
the case again this year. "A roofing crew started last week and we
have a siding job starting next week," Adams said.
Proof that another spring is about to break as another business
finds its home on the square in the heart of Lincoln, as well as