Best Minneapolis Contractors of 2010
Eric Mortenson Construction | Minneapolis
Meticulous. Driven. Hard-working. All are words used by Angie's List members to describe Eric Mortenson's home remodeling company, named a Twin Cities Best Contractor for the third consecutive year.
Mortenson attributes his success to the unique perspective he brings to each job. "When your work becomes art, where you're really focusing on quality and beauty, the rest of it takes care of itself," he says.
Scott Hackett of Plymouth says he was most impressed with Mortenson's craftsmanship when he hired him to construct a second- story deck. "He's a first-class guy — the building inspector even said that he seldom sees craftsmanship of this quality anymore," Hackett says.
Mortenson, who holds a Minnesota building contractor license, offers customers environmentally sustainable materials such as recycled composite decking. He also travels each year to Thailand with his wife to volunteer services to villagers affected by AIDS.
Crawford Door Sales of Twin Cities | West St. Paul, Minn.
Since opening its doors in 1958, Crawford Door Sales of Twin Cities' goal has been to raise customers' expectations, says Steve Johnson, vice president of operations. "Our mission is to be the best company for our customer to buy from," he says. "We'd rather make the customer happy and lose money than make a profit and have an unhappy customer."
That customer-centric approach is one reason that Angie's List members frequently say the company provides swift service, helpful information and quality work.
Robert Carlson of St. Paul, who hired the firm to repair a broken garage door, says his experience was nothing but positive. "They were outstanding," he says. "It's hard for me to imagine how they could have done a better job."
Johnson, whose company's work doesn't require a license, says much of the credit goes to his firm's 24 employees. "We want to make sure we provide the best service possible, so we only look for the best, finest and hardest-working employees we can find," he says.
The company recycles materials such as old steel doors whenever possible. It also donates funds to Ducks Unlimited's waterfowl and wetlands conservation programs.
Treehugger Tree Care Inc. | Minneapolis
Elinor Rosenstein of Minneapolis says a large section of a neighbor's tree toppled onto her home just days before she planned to leave town. "It seemed very precarious, so I was very concerned," she says. Jason Pruett's Treehugger Tree Care removed the tree without further damage to her home or landscape. "It was really amazing," Rosenstein says.
Pruett says his success is rooted in his passion for trees. "I've just always had a love for trees," he says. "I want to give people the information they need to make decisions about their trees. Everything else comes easy after that."
Angie's List members appreciate his dedication. They consistently cite Pruett's "education-first" approach, quick response times and affordable pricing. But what impresses customers most is the quality of the work, which Pruett attributes to his on-the-job work ethic. "I'm finicky about quality," he says. "If I'm putting my name on it, people have to be satisfied."
Pruett, a certified arborist, also gives back to the community. He often makes felled trees available to local businesses for reuse, he visits classrooms to teach children about arboriculture and he plants a dozen new saplings in and around the Twin Cities area each year.