When Nick Kartes started J&N Construction, he was taking control of his own life. It was 2008, and he was a union apprentice in carpentry who was repeatedly laid off.
“I was sick of getting laid off so I started my own company,” Nick said.
Since the day he opened his doors, Nick has been a loyal and enthusiastic customer of United Building Supply. For that reason, and for all the good work he’s has done all over southeast Wisconsin, J&N Construction is our Builder of the Month for July.
Specializing in new home construction, new garage construction and siding, the list of things J&N can and will do for clients is long. Everything from roofing, carpentry and tile work to remodels of bathrooms, basements and kitchen is on their can-do list. And even, on occasion, snow removal.
J&N Construction employs 11 people, who make up two framing crews, a siding crew and a trim crew, in addition to a couple other people who go to whichever team needs them.
That’s a big staff for his business and it reflects the way the construction industry is bouncing back, Nick said.
“Business is good,” Nick said. “There is an abundance of work and if you’re not busy there’s a reason you’re not busy.”
Not that he’d know anything about that. J&N Construction was voted Best Contractor in Sheboygan County in both 2013 and 2015 in The Sheboygan Press Best Of poll.
For the entire life of his business, Nick has done business with United Building Supply.
“Anything I can get from them I buy through them,” he said. That includes everything from siding and soffit and fascia down to nails.
“I wanted to have a relationship with another small business – that’s a lot better to me,” he said. “It’s a local alternative, instead of buying from a big box store. Plus, they deliver for free.”
A working relationship with Jack Ebbers on our staff has made all the difference.
“I’ve known him for eight years – he makes sure I have what I need when I need it,” Nick said.
J&N Construction is located in Sheboygan but their territory is all over southeast Wisconsin and beyond. From Appleton and Green Bay to Fond du Lac and Milwaukee – not to mention all over Sheboygan County – “We go wherever the work is.”