A group of more than 25 people gathered in the Highlands Industrial Park on Dec. 17 to break ground on a 9,500-square-foot facility for Elder Construction, which is expanding from its current location in Loveland.
Owner Tom Elder started the construction business 20 years ago in Colorado Springs and has since brought in his two sons, Patrick and Chris, to help operate the business. Four years ago the company moved into their office in Loveland, but now space constraints have driven them to construct their own building at 7380 Greendale Road. to fit their needs in Windsor.
“It’s been a year in the making,” Chris Elder said before the ceremony. “We really like the location. It has good north/south access with I-25 and Windsor is one of the up-and-coming areas in Northern Colorado.”
Elder Construction offers services like construction management, design build, general contracting and pre-construction. Some of the company’s build projects in Windsor include Windsor Pediatric Dentistry, Northern Colorado Orthodontics and the office of Jonathan L. Nelson, D.D.S.
“Seventy percent of our business is repeat business,” Tom Elder said. “I think that says a lot about how we treat our clients.”
The new building will contain both a warehouse and office space for the company and have room to expand later if needed, Tom Elder said.
The company currently employs 30 people between its two locations. The 15 employees from the business’ Loveland location will be brought to Windsor when the building is scheduled to open in May, Chris Elder said. He said the expansion could necessitate the hiring of an additional three or four employees in 2014.
The business has seen 400 percent growth since opening its Loveland office in 2009 and hired 15 of their employees in 2013, Chris Elder said.
“Northern Colorado has grown so much,” he said. “When we started that office we took a risk. In the [economic] downtime we were able to grab some great employees from struggling companies, and that’s taken us to a whole new level. We’ve been blessed to see the result of maintaining good relationships and changes in the economy.”
Windsor Mayor John Vazquez attended the groundbreaking ceremony, during which he welcomed the company and its employees to town.
“This is a great way to end our year — with another groundbreaking,” Vazquez said. “Anything we can do to make construction easier, let us know.”
Tom Elder said his father is turning 90 years old this month and offered him a piece of advice that he said speaks to the company’s success.
“Surround yourself with good, honest people and you’ll be successful,” he said.
He said the company continues to grow because of its integrity, quality and value, and the relationships it has created with its clients over the years.
“It’s been fun and challenging,” Tom Elder said. “I’ve never really looked back.”