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3 SoCal contractors named to Remodeling magazine’s Big 50

The staff of LZ Construction in El Cajon, newly inducted into Remodeling magazine's Big 50.Three SoCal contractors — in El Cajon, Fullerton and San Diego — have been included in the 2008 Big 50 list compiled by Washington, D.C.-based Remodeling magazine.

According to the website for the respected magazine, which has named 50 top contractors each year since 1986, this is an "elite group of remodeling professionals . . . whose exemplary business practices, unique design sensibilities, and exceptional management skills elevate them above their peers."

The three from our area include:

Larry, Candace and Michael Zolezzi of LZ Construction, El Cajon (staff pictured here)

Design/build remodeling; 22 years in business; 2007 volume: $3.4 million; staff: 5 office, 6 field

Quoted from the magazine: LZ Construction is the relatively rare remodeling company that employs its own plumber, a hire (Larry) Zolezzi made because he couldn’t find a satisfactory subcontractor in his market. Pleased with the added efficiency it has brought to his business, Zolezzi says he’ll soon add an electrician to his modestly sized field crew. Read more

Paul A. Paniagua, All Pro Builders, Fullerton

Full-service remodeling; 20 years in business; 2007 volume: $1.2 million; staff: 3 office, 6 field

Quoted from the magazine: All Pro Builders has most recently focused on implementing standard operating procedures, creating a manual that encompasses all areas of doing business. Paniagua also has what he calls his “bible,” which every employee has on his or her desk, with information about vendors, jobs, architects, engineers, inspection codes, and subcontractors. “We live by this book,” he says. Read more

Jeff Jertberg, CR*, and Robert M. Jertberg II, CKBR**, Vanberg Construction, San Diego

Design/build remodeling; 21 years in business; 2007 volume: $3 million; staff: 2 office, 8 field

Quoted from the magazine: The Jertbergs match designers and interior designers with each individual client “to alleviate any finger-pointing,” Jeff says, and they partner with a variety of local designers to develop their diverse projects. “With an in-house designer, you can build the same thing over and over again,” Rob says. Read more

* CR = Certified Remodeler
** CKBR = Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

(Photo: LZ Construction)

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