Garland Mill Timberframes of Lancaster, New Hampshire was recently named the 2013 Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business Award winner by SBA New Hampshire. This award recognizes a business that has been passed on to the next generation, demonstrating long term staying power, economic growth, and commitment to their community.
Garland Mill Timberframes is a design/build company that provides high quality craftsmanship and materials along with state-of-the-art building methods. The heart of the operation is the Garland Mill, an 1856 water-powered sawmill that powers the mill and generates surplus energy that is returned to the grid. Brothers Tom and Harry Southworth were the first generation business owners, operating the business since 1974. They grew their company as they grew their families, hoping one day to pass the company and its high standards and quality on to their children.
Their sons, Benjamin Southworth and Dana Southworth, left for college and career opportunities. Ben’s education and travels took him to Minnesota and Norway, New Mexico and Chicago; Dana’s took him to Pennsylvania and Italy, Poland and Slovakia, New York City and several more countries. Ben married his college sweetheart, Kirsten; Dana met his wife-to-be, Izabella, in New York.
Both cousins became fathers to new sons about the same time and looked to settle down and raise their families. They came full circle, returning to their family roots in Lancaster. Keeping a promise they had made to themselves to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, they began work at the entry levels and learned the business from the bottom up. After several years they entered into a five year buyout agreement with their fathers, where ownership was gradually transitioned to the sons.
The Southworth cousins treat their employees like family, and the same values show in their customized service to customers - they are building homes, not just houses. The company is equally committed to the local community. They built and donated timberframe rest huts for the Lancaster Skating Rink, the Coos Trail Association, and the rope tow ski area in Lancaster. The Mill is an historic part of the community and the cousins want to keep it that way.
Upon being selected for the award, the Southworths said: “Garland Mill Timberframes is honored and delighted to receive the NH 2013 Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business Award. We would like to thank Stewart Gates from the SBDC for his generous and practical guidance with numerous aspects of our business during the past three years. We would also like to thank our fathers –Tom and Harry Southworth for their cheerful and tireless efforts at making the Garland Mill and the broad community around the best it could possibly be.”
“We look forward to honoring the Southworth family and Garland Mill Timberframes” stated SBA district director Greta Johansson. “Family-owned businesses are a vital and vibrant part of our communities and this company is a shining example.”
Sandown-based JMC Construction and Associates, a general construction firm, entered its fifth year in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program in May 2012. The company, launched in 2004 as Carvalho Electric, LLC, focused solely on the electrical trade at the time.
Since becoming certified for SBA’s 8a program in 2008, the company has expanded its primary capabilities beyond the electrical trade to include general construction projects allowing them to take on additional work. As a result of JMC’s participation in SBA business development activities and matchmaking events, JMC has grown their sales exponentially with revenues exceeding the $1 million milestone in 2011.
Rachael Roderick, the SBA Business Opportunity Specialist who administers the 8a program throughout New Hampshire said "Over the past three years, John Carvalho has used an array of SBA programs and tools to propel his business forward. He has seized opportunities to learn about improved business practices and how best to respond to federal procurement opportunities." She continued, "John has also broadened the focus of his business from solely electrical contracting to take advantage of his more than 30 years in all facets in the field of construction."
JMC has successfully completed many projects including: major renovations for the U.S. Army Soldier System Center in Natick, Massachusetts, the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Hanover, New Hampshire. JMC has been awarded several contracts totaling over $1 million since becoming a government contractor.
According to John Carvalho, "The SBA and its 8(a) program have been instrumental to our success. Through these programs my company was able to build and expand credentials in the electrical and general construction marketplace."
Mr. Carvalho was recognized by the New Hampshire SBA as the 2010 Minority Small Business Person of the Year.