Bridgeton, MO, March 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The phones are ringing at St. Louis-based Thomas Construction Company, the largest home-remodeling firm in the area, and not for the usual reasons.
People are getting the St. Louis company, which handles 2000 projects a year from small remodels to major renovations, mixed-up with the Lake of the Ozark firm accused of hiring undocumented workers. People are outraged, and Thomas Construction President Stephen C. Townzen, who has spoken personally to a number of callers, says he doesn’t blame them.
“I’m happy to do that. We all are,” he says. “It’s part of getting the word out that no one should condone these kind of practices. We end up telling people what to look for in a reputable contractor, whether it’s us or another company.” He added that Thomas Construction Company of St. Louis, who has completed more home remodeling projects annually in the St. Louis/Metro East area than any other home improvement company in Missouri and Illinois, is in no way associated with the Osage Beach-based firm with a similar name.
A complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s office against the Lake of the Ozarks company and its subcontractor for using undocumented workers to build a Hampton Inn in Farmington. On February 13, 2010, the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 14 undocumented workers on the construction site.
“We were shocked to find out about the scandal in the Lake of the Ozarks,” Stephen C. Townzen said, “and we were even more shocked to find that the good folks in St. Louis thought we had been involved.”
In response, Townzen and the Thomas staff offer a piece of advice when hiring a remodeler: Make sure to hire someone that has a well established business in your area.
“We want to be part of the solution and an education process that helps the public find quality remodelers.” For more information on how to hire quality remodelers, feel free to call Steve at (314)739-1111, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Thomas Construction Facebook page. There, Townzen notes, visitors will find a listing for various job openings. “We are hiring,” he says, “And these are quality jobs that reflect our commitment to good work and the community. We have over 250 American families who depend on Thomas Construction for employment.”
Thomas Construction has over 68,000 satisfied customers and has served the remodeling needs of St. Louis area homeowners for over 35 years. Utilizing the best products, materials and workmanship, the company completes a wide range of projects including windows, doors, sunrooms, decks, fencing, kitchens, and baths.