Lewis Brothers Expand Tradesman, Add Construction Division
On: April 3, 2017 Filed Under: Member News
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (March 28, 2017) – Brothers Ben and Andrew Lewis of Tradesman Drywall announced yesterday that they will be expanding the Tradesman brand, adding a construction division and bolstering the existing “Tradesman Interiors” remodeling wing. The parent company, formerly Benjamin Lewis Drywall LLC, has changed its name to Tradesman Building Group LLC to reflect the expanded service offerings. “This is a really good development for Tradesman,” said Ben Lewis. “We’ve been providing top-notch drywall services to contractors and homeowners across central Pennsylvania for twelve years, and we look forward to continuing those services. By adding a construction division to the Tradesman brand, we can bring that same commitment to excellence into the home building arena as well.” Ben added that the expansion has been in the works since 2014, when the company hired an experienced construction manager to run the framing crew and help set up the construction division.
Tradesman Drywall, headquartered in Lower Paxton Township, was founded as a one-man operation when Ben Lewis started out in the trade in 2003. Since then, he has consistently grown the company along with his brothers; Hunter Lewis joined Tradesman in 2012, and Andrew – a Temple University MBA – came on board in 2015 after serving in the military. The company has since become a staple in the local construction industry as a go-to provider of drywall services. Today, Tradesman has twenty employees and completed 268 drywall and remodeling projects last year alone.
The growth has not gone unnoticed. For 2016, the Central Penn Business Journal named Tradesman a “fastest growing company” in Dauphin County, and named Andrew a Forty Under 40 emerging leader as well as an executive management awards finalist for his work as Chief Operating Officer. This year, Tradesman made the list of “Top Family-Owned & Operated Businesses” by the Journal. Additionally, Ben was nominated for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing outstanding support to employees who are National Guard and Reserve members.
Traditionally a provider of framing, drywall and acoustical ceiling services, Tradesman will now expand its portfolio to include home building, remodeling, additions, renovations, and project management for commercial projects. Ben noted that residential services will cater to middle-class buyers. “We want to provide first-time and middle class home buyers the opportunity to purchase a new home at a great price so they already have some equity from the day they close,” he said.
Andrew, who spearheaded the expansion project, made it clear that each division will operate as a separate entity to remain focused on their distinct customer segments. “It’s very important to us to continue providing excellent sub-contracting services to our builders through Tradesman Drywall,’ he said. “The great thing about Tradesman Building Group is that each division [Drywall, Interiors & Construction] operates as a separate entity with its own field teams, so we can focus on each type of customer. A builder hiring a drywall contractor is a very different customer from a homeowner who may need a finished basement, so it’s important that we keep each division separate and focused on their own customer base. We never want Tradesman Drywall clients who are builders to feel like they are competing with Tradesman Construction for other projects, so keeping our field operations separate is a great way to avoid that issue. My brother [Hunter Lewis] runs Tradesman Interiors, Norm Sheaffer will run Tradesman Construction, and our Tradesman Drywall teams will continue operating as they have been under Ben’s skilled leadership.”
The newly expanded firm launched a website (www.tradesmanbuilders.com), and plans to launch a social media advertising campaign to reach new customers. “We joined the Harrisburg Builders Association a few weeks ago and plan to be active members,” said Andrew. “The Harrisburg-area construction industry is booming and we’re going to be a big part of that as we continue to build this company.”