Businesses: CSI Insulation and West Concrete.
Owners: Chad Stropes, who founded CSI Insulation, and Jason West, who began West Concrete with Stropes.
How the business began: CSI Insulation began in 2005 and West Concrete in 2008. United Building Centers inspired Stropes, who said he has learned a lot since beginning to work in the industry.
In the beginning, the biggest challenges were maintaining adequate cash flow and finding capable and reliable employees. The businesses now are on a solid footing.
Distinctions: Both are established, growing businesses in the community. The employees take pride in addressing any challenge rapidly, economically, efficiently, and expertly. They have a reputation for reliability and honesty.
Products and services: A broad spectrum of services in the insulation and concrete applications.
Memberships: Better Business Bureau, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Main Street Orion.
Employees: Paul Williams, Greg Moody, Kevin Cook, Dustin Dobbels and Ian Schott.