Lindus Construction has been recognized as the 2012 Professional Remodeler of the Year by Professional Remodeler magazine, the remodeling industry's premier national publication.
The company was founded by Kevin and Emily Lindus in 1979 and was run out of the couple's rural Woodville home, with Emily keeping the books and the barn becoming a warehouse. From Woodville, the company soon moved to Baldwin, about five miles west of Woodville and 20 miles from the Minnesota-Wisconsin line.
President Kevin Lindus established a routine reflecting his positive business outlook. He asked each employee to devote one hour a week to poring over trade magazines in search of new opportunities. At a weekly meeting, salesman Scott Detmar, who retired from Lindus Construction in 2005, pulled out a clipping about a franchise opportunity called LeafGuard.
"It grew so fast," Vice President Emily Lindus said. She facilitated some of the growth after attending a business convention in Atlantic City in 1995. She returned with a production manager hired away from another company.
At the prompting of the new manager, the company expanded west into Minneapolis-St. Paul. Today, LeafGuard accounts for 38 percent of business out of the Baldwin office. The other business is divided among remodeling, design-build, roofing (both metal and asphalt), siding, windows and decking.
Lindus Construction has LeafGuard gutter locations throughout the Midwest run by managers who become partial franchise-holders. Locations include: Des Moines, Iowa; Rochester, Minn.; Green Bay, Wisc.; Omaha, Neb.; and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Emily Lindus said she believes franchising LeafGuard through partial ownership is the most successful business model among the estimated 72 LeafGuard dealers in the country.
"You can almost see the initiative come to the surface," she says. "People approach us now and say, 'Would you please consider us the next time you branch out?'"
The entrepreneurial instinct that gave birth to the company in a high-risk era is fully intact 34 years later, still guiding management as it consolidates and grows the company's core and tertiary enterprises. The ownership model that Lindus Construction created for branch managers to stabilize and energize its outlying offices continues to pay dividends.
All in all, Lindus Construction is a remodeler undaunted by economic slumps and challenges, and quite willing to reinvent itself, if it comes to that, to safeguard its future, Emily Lindus said.
Lindus Construction is located in Baldwin and has been family owned since 1979. The company continues to be owned and operated by Kevin and Emily Lindus and their sons, Andy, Adam and Alex.
The Baldwin location currently employs a workforce of about 100.
For more information, call 800-873-1451 or visit http://www.lindusconstruc tion.com.