Windows, Siding and Roofing receives industry recognition
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[July 25, 2011]
Larry and Teresa Adams own AAA Windows,
Siding and Roofing, located on the square in Lincoln. The storefront
doesn't appear to house a large business, but it is the headquarters
of one of the larger remodeling companies in central Illinois.
< Larry Adams and Tom Slicko with their
"'Big 50" award
The employees number 21 in the
office and currently 26 craftsmen in the field all over the area.
Adams along with his general manager, Tom Slicko, confirmed what
Adams has often said. Lincoln is an ideal central location for a
company that does business in Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur and
Springfield, just to name a few of the surrounding cities where they
work. And most of the employees at AAA are local people.
The remodeling industry has had a tough time, with the recession
keeping homeowners from spending money. The industry is down
nationally 25 percent, but Adams and Slicko said they expect AAA to
have a 30 percent gain over last year.
Both gentlemen attributed the company's success to solid business
practices: Using quality materials by experienced and dedicated
crews who care about the work they are doing has kept AAA busy.
Recently AAA has been honored by their peers with a special award
given out by Remodeling magazine. The industry magazine since 1986
has honored 50 remodeling firms or individuals across the country
each year as a member of their "Big 50." The award is given based on
longevity, profitability, a firm commitment to customer service and
best business practices.
The Big 50 carries prestige as well as praise. Since the award
was first presented in 1986, only 1,267 individuals in 887 companies
nationwide have been given the honor out of more than 62,000
remodeling firms with payrolls.
The Adams couple and Slicko recently went to Washington, D.C., to
accept their award and are obviously proud of their accomplishment.
But in today's market they know there is no time to rest on their
Adams said that right now the remodeling business is extremely
competitive, with customers basing much of their decision on costs.
And although cost is a significant factor, Slicko pointed out that
using quality materials installed properly also should be a part of
the "value" equation.
"The most expensive remodel you ever will do is the one you have
to do twice," he said.
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Both men said that roofing is a great portion of their business,
but siding has been having a strong year. The problem for crews this
year is to keep up with demand under less than perfect conditions. A
wet spring followed by extremely warm temperatures slows down siding
and especially roofing jobs. Right now brutal temperatures have
roofing crews working half days to prevent injury from working on
With competition, materials costs increasing and weather being
factors, Adams said the business has challenges to face, but he is
confident with the staff he has that those challenges will continue
to be met.
"We don't owe any lending institution one cent. That can present
cash-flow challenges, and I am proud of Tom for how he handles that
part of the business," Adams said.
"We are fortunate to have the employees we have. They do an
exceptional job and outwork the competition."
It seems that work effort has paid off for AAA with industry
recognition as well as growth.
[Remodeling magazine; LDN, Mike