Robert Sheridan and Richard Berry have been in the homebuilding industry since the 1970s, so when the market began spiraling down in 2006, exiting was not part of their strategy. However, transforming their company, Robert Sheridan & Partners Property Group (RSPPG), to remain profitable certainly was.  

“The national recession may have started in 2008 but it hit real estate in 2006,” Sheridan says. “When the recession started to clobber the industry, we took some time to find a new strategy that made sense in terms of the residential real estate climate. It was a process that started in 2006 and continued to evolve until 2011.” 

Key Land Homes prides itself on its ability to adapt its designs to its clients’ needs, regardless of how those needs are communicated. “We’ve had people come to us with floor plans they’ve written on a napkin that we’ve been able to take and re-draw for them,” says Kevin Horkey, vice president of the Prior Lake, Minn.-based homebuilder.  

The company offers roughly 30 different floor plans, but often makes changes to those plans with the help of an in-house designer trained in computer-aided design (CAD) technology. “Every single plan gets re-drawn,” Horkey adds. “That’s not really a problem for us, since our designer can take the base floor plan and make changes to it. Some of these changes are easy, while others can take more time and require moving the entire house around.”

Key Land Homes’ ability to be a semi-custom tract builder distinguishes it from many of its larger peers in the industry that focus more on mass production. “People have come to Key Land for the past 30 years because we can adapt to many products and turn homes around quickly,” Horkey says. “Our ability to customize for the client allows us to capture a market that a lot of our competition can’t.”

Few building materials come with as many technological advantages as those developed and manufactured by Inteplast Group Building Products, part of Inteplast Group, one of the nation’s foremost manufacturers of polymer-based products. Some of the company’s most versatile product lines are its wide range of beautiful exterior and interior mouldings and millwork, which are builder-friendly and virtually maintenance-free. 

Inteplast Group Building Products manufactures a wide range of products many builders are familiar with, including TUFboard® solid cellular PVC deck, porch, siding, fascia, trim, moulding, sheet, and millwork; and the distinctive, design-oriented IP Moulding line of prefinished moulding for interiors. All of these products are sold nationwide and are available through dealers, distributors and retailers.

At first glance, TUFboard and IP Moulding are indistinguishable from products manufactured from wood. However, they deliver numerous attributes beyond those offered by traditional materials.  

JCorp inc. avoids making mistakes on its projects and hoping for second chances to get things right. “Our integrated team of in-house designers and construction managers work to do it right the first time, saving our customers both money and time,” owner and Principal Duane E. Jensen says.

Huxley, Iowa-based JCorp provides architectural, structural, construction and engineering services for single and multifamily, mixed-use, office and retail, civic and religious, and industrial projects. A more than 30-year industry veteran, Jensen started the company 15 years ago when he was looking to expand his career path.

“I have a more extensive background in design,” he explains, noting that he moved back to Iowa where he grew up to include construction in his daily activities. JCorp today employs a staff of 15 and enjoyed sales of $23 million last year. “We are providing a unique service in the design and construction world,” Jensen says, “to return and referral clients by delivering projects on time and within and often below budget.” 

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