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Frank J. Porcelli

My relationship with Jim Stephens started in 1991.  Harbor Packaging was five years old at the time and business was good enough to consider building our own facility.  We were very new to the process and had to learn a lot along the way.  We purchased a lot and hired an architect.  When the plans were completed we out to bid with three construction companies.  Stephens Construction was one of the bidders and was recommended by one of the partners.  The bids came in and Stephens Construction was right in the middle, price wise.

The three bids looked totally different.  I then met with all three contractors to explain to me how they arrived at the final number.  While going through this process I found both competitors left some gray area items out of the contract.  One example was the fire hydrant at the curb.  Jim’s quote was the only one that was complete.  By the time the bids were apples to apples, Stephens Construction turned in the lowest bid.

My decision to hire Jim was not solely based on price, but I saw that they were the most efficient and had integrity in the way they went about doing business.  The 35,000 square foot office and production building was built on time and on budget.  Jim was great to work with and three years later we called him again.

This time we were building a 30,000 square foot warehouse next door, with the same result.  The concrete tilt up was on time and on budget.

Our business continued to do well and again, we ran out of room.  In 1997, we decided to build a 132,000 square foot building with 30,000 square feet of office, 12,000 square feet of mezzanine, and 90,000 square feet of production and warehouse.  We purchased a lot, secured our working drawings, received our building permits, and Stephens Construction built the building.  The entire process was completed in one year.  This was quite a feat considering the changes I was making along the way.  We are still operating out of this facility.

Along the way they put on an addition on my personal residence and more than once did concrete work in the building to accommodate new equipment purchases, one large machine in 2003, and an additional machine in 2013.

I would highly recommend Stephens Construction for any building project I was considering.  If you have any questions, I can be reached on my cell at 619.980.9099.