|616 West 35th Street
|davenport, ia 52806
|Brian Girskis launched Suburban Construction in 1985 and the family-owned and operated company is growing strong some 23 years and two generations later. His son, J.R. Girskis, is the company president and the third generation was born a few months ago.
The Davenport-based company supplies and installs windows, siding and doors for the residential market. In 23 years, Suburban has completed more than 22,000 jobs.
“We are always focused on the customer,” said general manager Darin Wilson. “Without the customer, we don’t have a business.”
The company was honored as a 2007 Dealer of the Year by Associated Materials Inc., or AMI. “Suburban Construction is a company that definitely goes over and above servicing their customers,” Wayne Fredrick, executive vice president of AMI Sales, said.
Working with a large customer base allows Suburban to purchase and buy goods for substantially less then its competitors, Wilson said. “We’re one of the only companies in the nation that offers a lifetime warranty on the product after we install it,” he said.
The company doesn’t make money if things go wrong after the installation so crews make sure the job is done properly, he said.
Suburban works with 22 crews, Wilson said.
With energy conservation such a huge concern, products offered have the Energy Star rating so homeowners see savings on their energy bills.
“With today’s home market being so inconsistent, it’s easier to have someone come in and give you a new home on top of your current home rather than having to pack up all your stuff,” he said.
For example, by installing new insulated siding, Wilson added, an older home can essentially be turned into a new residence.
Founder Brian Girskis still keeps a hand in the business. He was in the manufacturing and wholesale end of the industry in the 1970s and 1980s and distributed material to companies similar to Suburban.
“I saw they weren’t generating any repeat business. I learned what not to do from those other people,” Girskis said. “Most of our business is referral business and that’s what we want to keep.”
The office and showroom originally were based in downtown Bettendorf. Girskis relocated the company to Davenport in 1995. His decision to specialize in windows, siding and doors was based on two factors: getting better buying power that is passed onto the consumer and building something of value, Girskis said.
“We try to do a Cadillac for the price of a Chevy. I’m very satisfied but we’re always looking to do better,” he said.