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E-30 Profile: ML Barnard, Inc. – Commercial Design, Build Construction with Customer Satisfaction at the Heart

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ML Barnard, Inc., headquartered in the Eastgate area of Cincinnati, OH, is owned and operated by Michael Barnard, President.   His company, founded in 1992, focuses on providing high quality commercial construction for his customers.   Website:

Mike says what makes them successful is approaching every job with a philosophy of “We are building it as if we are building it for ourselves.  The end result isn’t gold plated, but there are no corners cut and it’s a good value for the money spent.”  This bears out with their customer base comprised of over 80% repeat and referrals from past customers.

The past 4-5 years have been some of the best for the company because they’ve built a client base that is very happy.  They are also a strategic partner with Nucor and have consistently exceeded expectations with them.

Their biggest challenge is controlling growth with sustainable manpower that meets the company’s core values.  Their employees are part of the family and they’ve been able to build a stable of subs that Mike has worked with in many cases as long as 30 years.  He treats them as part of the team, sharing resources, keeping to schedules, setting clear expectations and lastly, they know they’ll get paid.  As a result, he’s able to consistently produce high quality for a fair price.

Submitted by:  Chris Allen, President - The Business Spotlight, Inc. and Committee Member of Emerging 30

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