OXFORD STATION - A recent award has cemented family-owned Lockwood Brothers Construction as a proven leader among Ontario's more than 5,000 registered home builders.
The local firm has earned the inaugural Ernest Assaly Award for being the Ontario builder who best demonstrates a long-standing commitment to quality, innovation, customer service and community involvement. Only 38 Ontario builders met the rigorous criteria. The award was presented at the 2017 Homeowners' Choice Awards ceremony hosted by Tarion Warranty Corporation.
"We have a great team here," says Corey Lockwood, who founded the company in 1995 when he was just out of school in Montreal. In 2000, he and his wife Kim decided to move to this area where they have family. The company start-up team included Corey and Kim, brother John Lockwood and brother-in-law Bruce McNulty.
It didn't take long for people to start noticing their unique homes and the business took off. Today the company has grown to 24 full-time employees. The ever-expanding headquarters, including 10,000-square feet of office and workshop space, is located on scenic Totem Ranch Road in Edwardsburgh Cardinal Township. There is also a heavy equipment shop on site. Another arm of the business is garbage/debris container bin rentals. It means they don't have to wait for bins on their own construction sites and they also rent them to other operations.
Corey commends the entire Lockwood team for the company's achievements and for raising the standard to put it in league with top builders. Office manager Chelsea Baker agrees. "We're a customer service driven business. Everyone knows it is the number one priority."
A long line of happy customers will tell you about exceptional craftsmanship, outstanding design, quality and professionalism from the team at Lockwood Brothers Construction. One client wrote: "They are great builders. They are even better people."
"We will look at anything and figure out a way to build it," says Corey. They construct residential, light commercial and out buildings. About 85% of their work is in new home construction. The team has now built more than 250 homes in Leeds Grenville, South Dundas and Ottawa.
Watch the video of Lockwood Brothers receiving the Ernest Assaly award, including an interview with Corey and Kim Lockwood, on the Tarion Warranty Corporation's YouTube channel.
Story courtesy of United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Economic Development, 32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON