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In Five Years, Vratsinas Construction Co. Moves To The Top Of The Commercial Construction Industry

On time and on budget."

That's the philosophy of Little Rock's Vratsinas Construction Co., according to the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Gus Vratsinas.

"A |construction~ company would be foolish not to say it can do good work in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable amount of money," he says. "But we don't just talk about it. We do it consistently."

Since it began in 1987, Vratsinas Construction has grown into a multimillion-dollar, nationwide commercial contractor.

Large projects include an $18 million shopping center in Omaha, Neb., and work for repeat customers such as Phar-mor Drug Co. and Sears Roebuck & Co.

Vratsinas says he and partners Sam Alley, president, and Ed DeMoss, executive vice president, take pride in the large projects. But he says the company is equally dependent on smaller contracts.

"We don't just look for big jobs," Vratsinas says. "We consider our forte to be expansions and renovations."

The recession has resulted in an increase in cost-effective modernizations of existing facilities as companies postpone the construction of new facilities.

"We also do a lot of our work under the ... fast-track approach," Vratsinas says. "That means we get in on jobs before the plans and specs are completed."

The company supplements its commercial construction business with construction management services. Companies hire Vratsinas Construction to work with architects and engineers during planning stages.

Vratsinas Construction, which has 85 employees, does 65 percent of its business outside Arkansas.

"We hop around the country," Vratsinas says. "Wherever our clients suggest we work, we work."

He says of the company's 15 stockholders, "The people who make this company tick are all workaholics. We put in a minimum of 55 hours per week."
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Title Annotation:Vratsinas Construction Co.
Author:Harper, Kim
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jan 20, 1992
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