DBE Inside Look at Success – June 2016
By: Linda Kelly, DBE and WIN Contract Compliance Officer
JKS Industries is a Colorado based environmental remediation and demolition contractor who specializes in abatement and demolition services.
JKS Industries has been in business for 5 years this June. In that time President Jeffery Knight has learned quite a few things about growing his company from the ground up. “Have a vision, go where the opportunity takes you, and understand that you can’t build your business by yourself,” says Knight.
In order to learn what a small business needs to be successful, JKS participated in a mentorship program with Gilmore Construction while working on the Eagle P3 Project with Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP). Knight said you can learn a lot from a mentorship, “people before you are willing to help you with navigating the process of building your own business.” In this program JKS met with Gilmore Construction, DTP, and RTD monthly to discuss development in marketing and safety programs as well as build bonding and financial capabilities.
When it comes to the North Metro project, it took JKS 26 months to obtain the first contract for the abatement and demolition of the Reddy Ice building. Since then, JKS has obtained several other contracts for the project including work at the Ready Mix Concrete plant, the RTD shed and caretaker house.
“Be open to diversifying your services, but always do what you know!”
In order to get the initial contract on the North Metro project, JKS utilized various networking avenues. “We found out about the North Metro Rail Line project from networking organizations we belong to including Black Construction Group (BCG), The Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC), and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Council (DBEAC) meetings,” says Knight.
Knight says that is important to “know your forecast and how long it will take to secure that next contract. If you have not seen the success you’ve envisioned, you should seek and embrace change.” Knight believes that persistence, dedication and safety have been some of the biggest contributors in leading JKS to success. Knowing this has helped JKS maintain their core value system of safety, integrity, quality and trust, which define the every aspect of their daily operations.
“Surround yourself with good people, who share your same values”.
JKS has a rule of thumb when it comes to maintaining growth within the company, which is to learn from your own and others mistakes. Don’t repeat failed attempts. Knight believes in “moving with the times and being able to adapt to new technology”. To do this, JKS focuses on continuous training and education for staff as well as promoting growth from within the company. Doing this prevents communication challenges by “making sure everyone is on the same page”.
JKS Industries is located at:
747 Sheridan Blvd. Suite 9A
Lakewood, CO 80214
For more information, see the website.