DeLeers Construction Inc.

DeLeers Construction Inc. maintains a reputation for quality construction while expanding its business.

DeLeers Construction Inc. maintains a reputation for quality construction while expanding its business.BUILDING QUALITY HOMES on time and within budget are great ways for a multigenerational construction company to thrive in the competitive homebuilding market. However, Jim DeLeers believes relationships are the bedrock of his family’s growth, and he envisions DeLeers Construction Inc. and its subsidiaries will double in size within the next five years due to relationships it has nurtured since 1945.

“Our businesses have always grown because of our relationships, and I don’t anticipate this changing,” says DeLeers, who serves as president for his family’s business. “In fact, if anything changes, it’s that we will focus even more on relationships, both with customers and teammates.”

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Middlefork Development LLC

Middlefork Development LLC took advantage of a lack of luxury inventory in Chicago.

Middlefork Development LLC took advantage of a lack of luxury inventory in Chicago.AS COUNTLESS LUXURY homebuilders went belly up in the last decade, it left a void for homebuyers with the cash to spend on these types of residences. Andrew C. Bowyer saw the opportunity this situation created, so he launched Middlefork in 2008 to cater to the demands of the most discriminating buyers in Chicago’s luxury home market.

“In 2008, when the housing market fell, I had been performing a lot of analytics and realized there was still a demand for luxury housing,” Bowyer says. “A number of developers that had been building these homes had left the industry. Middlefork started as a result of the recession, the demand and little supply.”

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Starr Homes

Kit and Gerry Starr launched Starr Homes with the intent to deliver homes that just “feel right.”

Kit and Gerry Starr launched Starr Homes with the intent to deliver homes that just “feel right.”KIT AND GERRY STARR never set out to start a green building company. However, because all green building practices inherently bring out the best in construction operations, Starr Homes naturally morphed into a sustainable building company focused on efficiency. “It is the integration of green design elements with space planning, flow, aesthetics and functionality that creates a lastingly beautiful home,” Kit Starr says.

Starr Homes’ roots date back to 1999 when Kit Starr built his first house for a family member. Gerry, his brother, joined the company in 2005.

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