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Spring Twp. construction firm moving up national chart

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO From left: Dan Gring, Brennan Reichenbach and Allen Henn, owners of D&B Elite Construction Group.

Last August in Inc. magazine, D&B Elite Construction Group in Spring Township earned the place of 1,007 out of 5,000 nationally ranked fastest-growing private businesses.

Spring Twp. construction firm moving up national chart

By JENNIFER HETRICK

Special for Lehigh Valley Business

Last August in Inc. magazine, D&B Elite Construction Group in Spring Township earned the place of 1,007 out of 5,000 nationally ranked fastest-growing private businesses.

And last month, the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry named D&B its No. 1 business in 2017.

Brennan Reichenbach, who heads the company’s home remodeling division, said he and his fellow principals estimate – by recent revenue increases – that they may move up to the 600-700 range on Inc.’s 2017 list.

The reason for the company’s rapid growth?

“Ensuring you’re taking care of your team members and that they’re feeling gratified along the way is very important,” Reichenbach said.

D&B Elite’s residential and commercial projects span eastern Pennsylvania and extend into southern New Jersey. About 70 percent of its work is in Berks County.

Fellow principal Dan Gring, who runs the commercial construction division, noted the 2016 ranking was based on three years, 2013 through 2015, with revenue increasing from $840,771 to $4,983,186, a 493 percent increase.

Revenue for the company in 2016 was about $12.5 million, Gring said.

“We’re a very process-oriented business,” Reichenbach said. “… We have certain team members who are assigned to certain tasks along that process.”

DESIGN CENTER

Reichenbach and Gring opened D&B Elite Construction Group in 2011 and in 2015 merged with Elite Home Builders, which Allen Henn established in 1993.

Henn is the other principal of the trio. Reichenbach said joining the two companies allowed Henn finally to bring his commercial construction abilities to the forefront of projects, which were never marketed as directly in the past.

Today, the company operates from a 9,000-square-foot office building, which includes a 4,000-square-foot design center on the first floor for its high-end clients interested in their custom home design. The designs use exterior facades that often incorporate a colonial style mixed with French flair and use masonry instead of vinyl.

The design center offers home aspects such as two varied kitchens and bathrooms, basement bar, built-in kitchenette, walk-in closet and laundry room.

PROMISES KEPT

Amanda Abboud used the home remodeling division in 2016 to refinish the basement of her house in Lower Heidelberg Township.

“Everything was very timely, and they kept to their promises of when things would be completed,” she said.

“They revised our plan several times until we came up with a layout we loved and felt would meet our needs of what we were looking for in that area,” Abboud said. “If we would not have taken that time and revised the plans, I know we would not have been as happy with the final outcome.

“They turned it into another entire usable floor of our home with access to our outside living area and patio.”

QUICK RESPONSE

Janelle Cole also lives in Lower Heidelberg Township and had the company build a custom home.

“There was always a quick response to emails and phone calls,” Cole said. “And the employees would always explain things in great detail so we always knew what to expect. …

“They bring ideas to the table which you may not think about otherwise. This is the second home we’ve built, and they build a quality home.”

SEEKING TO EXPAND

In 2011, D&B Elite used Home Advisor for lead generation. That and working in strategic partnerships with real estate agents, brokerages, land developers, private equity firms and real estate investors began to translate into more word-of-mouth sales.

“We’re never short on idea-based photographs when we have a potential client,” Reichenbach said, noting that a professional photographer visits their projects upon completion.

Meanwhile, D&B Elite has built a database of more than 300 subcontractors.

“Within the next few years, we’re looking to expand geographically along the Route 30 corridor region,” Reichenbach said.

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