Family business continues to prosper
Levin’s G & E Taylor Construction Ltd is a real family affair. The original business was established in 1964 and has seen three name changes to date.
Grant started working for the company in 1966 and became partners in approximately 1984 taking over fully in 2006. Liz started in 1984 with son Ryan joining in 1997.
The company not only takes on a lot of commercial or residential work, but has also had a long-standing relationship with Ministry of Education builds in the district.
Grant has just completed upgrading four classrooms at Fairfield School, Levin and currently renovating two classrooms at Taitoko School, also in the township.
“Grant tends to take on the school work, while Ryan concentrates on residential,” says Liz.
“We also have a young qualified carpenter who is a home-dad that we call on when needed,.”
She says that construction in Levin and surrounds has really picked up of late following a slow period, and in the past when it has got quiet Ryan has worked for other builders in the district.
It’s enough to keep continual work ticking over. The last big project completed was of very high quality; a private residence of 327sqm with an attached flat and three car garage, four bedrooms, media room and large lounge dining room.
At its peak the company employed 32 carpenters, but Liz says its current much smaller size is right for Grant, as he approaches retirement.
“A couple of years ago, he did retire but didn’t really. He enjoys the level of work he and Ryan are doing these days. “There is sufficient work to keep the business ticking over well.”
Liz says that the key to Grant’s longevity in Horowhenua’s competitive building sector is how good he is with people along with a wealth of knowledge he has accumulated through the years.
She says that Grant and Ryan have built up a good rapport with numerous clients which leads to additional work.
“Word of mouth is often the way people hear about the business. We’re certainly not competing with the much larger building firms operating in this area nor do we wish to.
“With just Grant and Ryan full-time in the business there’s enough work that comes our way based on our reputation and long history operating here.”