Location: Canton, MA
President and CEO
A LEADER IN CONSTRUCTION
Kaydon Group, LLC, which provides building technology services, is comprised of two companies: Florence Electric and Kaydon Integrated Technologies. “We operate in a fragmented industry, and you need to differentiate yourself by the services you provide and the resources you offer,” says Eli Florence, president and CEO of Kaydon Group. “Less than one percent of the companies in our industry are the size we are. This puts us in a select group, with opportunities others don’t have. It also helps build the strong relationships we have with our clients — they want to deal with a leader.”
Quick Tip “The majority of our growth has come from repeat customers and their desire to be part of a winning team.”
Kaydon Group experienced its biggest challenges during the recent recession. “The reduction in construction spending during this period required us to be smarter and work harder than our competition,” says Florence. “The strong relationships we have developed over many years in the industry allowed us to work through this challenge.” In addition, Kaydon Group has seen a dramatic reduction in high school and college graduates entering its industry. “This means we have to build from within or find ways to attract the most talented of the limited amount of people choosing to make the service industry their career,” says Florence. Over the next few years, he hopes to expand both Kaydon Group’s operating area and its service offerings.