A Contractor That Does It All

The road to entrepreneurship is challenging, but it’s familiar territory for Justin Swanson.

Since 2012, he’s been living the dream as founder and owner of JM Construction Group, 4915 Auburn St., in Rockford. He started with three employees, including himself, and maybe 15 to 20 projects every year. More than a decade later, Swanson’s firm is a leading exterior contractor in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, with 400 to 500 projects and 12 employees.

JM Construction Group now offers a one-stop shop for exterior construction needs. Swanson’s team can handle everything from stone-coated steel roofing systems to wood and vinyl siding, triple-pane windows and gutters. They’ll work for homeowners and commercial clients alike.

“A lot of companies do roofing and siding while other companies do windows. We try to be that general contractor that does all that,” says Swanson. “A lot of homeowners don’t want to deal with multiple people, so here you can get your entire exterior done with one contractor.”

Aside from stress and hassle, working with one general contractor is an efficient way to avoid multiple fees, says Swanson. Additionally, companies like JM Construction Group offer lower prices when customers bundle their services.

“A lot of companies get a bunch of negative feedback, they shut down and then they open another company with a different name,” says Swanson. “Find out how many companies the owner has owned, how many different names their company has had and what other businesses they have been involved with.”

At JM Construction, Swanson’s team makes every effort to stand behind clients and answer calls quickly. Roughly 40% of Swanson’s customers are referrals, which he credits to his friends and family over the years.

“I want to keep serving this area and keep people happy,” says Swanson. “I’m just happy to be able to stay in business and keep going. I’d like to keep the good employees I have and maybe add one or two, because we’re always looking for a good team member. There’s good money in construction. It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”