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Josie cos from newholme notebook I'm in the car with Roger from apex exteriors and we're we're just kind of talking remodeling as we're going going around so we were talking about the the Tin Man the siding salesman and that industry has been superseded to some extent by companies like apex that are running a different kind of operation tell me give me a little bit of introduction apex and how long you've been with them an overview of what you do well I've been been in the siding business about 12 years now and started with Apex just over a year ago my focus was generally on new construction and with the economy that's obviously no longer a big part of our business so it's not a big part of anybody's putting the city including new home builders exactly so so we've all had to reinvent basically what it comes down to so the owner of Apex was mainly a roofing contractor that did new construction and it decided to get into the remodeling business and it needed to do more than just one thing so when you're working on someone's home they like to count on one contractor to do everything if they need to rough they're citing their windows their gutters they can call us for kind of one-stop shop and we can handle all their needs but anyway so about a year and a half been with them now what what differentiates us i think is our sales staff we're not a high-pressure remodeling company there's a lot of companies out there that you'll call them and they'll send out a Salesman that'll come to your house and sit there for four hours until you sign a piece of paper saying here and let it be the work where some of those guys back in the day it's been quite a while sometimes as much as forty percent of the cost of the job went to a sales commission on the back end that corones day so those people had a tremendous incentive to put pressure on you yeah that's correct day they were they got paid very well for making sure you sign on the dotted line you know we were more of a of a what you call it more of an honest operation I'm really the the sales people call that a consultative sell or an expertise oh yeah we're yes yeah yeah we're a little sewing based on your knowledge and your professionalism that yeah that's right i mean all our salespeople are fully trained most of them have worked in the field so there they not only know how to sell but they know how to install the product that they're selling you so we depend on them to go out they they measure the jobs themselves they sit with the homeowner they do a short presentation and then and then give them the the pricing based on the measurements there's no high pressure there's no there's no one time close we're not there to get some assignment a lot dotted line were there to give them a fair price explain them what we're going to do for them and how we're going to stand behind it and then you know and we actually you know we encourage people to get more than one bit there's a lot of companies out there and we like people to see that we're a fair company and we're going to do a good job for a fair price tell me where we are and where we're headed what we're going to look at currently we're heading through Elgin but we're we're on our way to south barrington we're going to the Biltmore Country Club which is a 0 job we recently they did some remodeling on their pool house and they built the new tennis club house on the property so we did the roofing siding and decking for them on the project so it's a nice nice project a lot of hard work went into it a lot of detail and it's a little bit nice show piece so pro stage crater coast were a pretty demanding customer it is it is we were pretty fortunate one of its members is a builder customer that we've done work for in the past and we were able to secure the job because he is he's the Jeremy was general contractor on good recommendation from a tough customer exactly
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- Angelina Shandley, Staff Member
well the month of may ended with a bang for business in indiana more than four billion dollars in economic development projects announced heading into race weekend as the state hosted its first ever global economic summit time now for a deeper dive into all things business in our insiders segment this week and this week pleased to be joined by the vice president for economic development for the indy chamber porsha bailey bernard marion university senior vice president of strategic growth and innovation kenneth britt and bose public affairs group principal roger harvey and welcome one and all to the insiders uh this week a lot of news to talk about uh growth really on the docket including population growth i think a lot of areas around indiana losing population but if you look at the fastest growing areas westfield continues to be a porsche the fastest growing community in the state of indiana a lot of a lot of action happening there yeah i mean it's amazing but my initial reaction to all of it is where are these people going to live i can speak to only indianapolis but we're experiencing a housing crisis here in our community just like a bunch of cities across the country for our downtown for example multi-family occupancy is above 93 percent just a few years ago people were saying we're building too many apartments we're building too many apartments now we can't have enough apartments i mean we really truly need a diversity in all of our housing single-family multi-family affordable and marketing is there an answer it would probably take a half an hour to answer that yeah no so i mean mayor hogsett an administration last month announced an affordable housing plan which put leveraged federal dollars to go towards anti-displacement programs as well as the creation of more affordable housing to that point we just encourage our developers in our community we just need more housing and i would just add to that going back to westfield you know hamilton county for a number of years has been one of the fastest growing counties in the country and so westfield you know it was most recently a town when you look at the other big cities in hamilton county you know they have grown tremendously under one mayor this is under mayor andy cook they made that transition from town to city and now you're going to start hearing a lot of talk and conversation about changing westfield to a second class city westfield's one of one of two cities in the state that's not second class and that brings a host of um benefits that larger cities have with a controller and so forth so that's where you're going to see westfield had it that's an interesting point uh boone county now the fastest growing it looks county in the state and roger i know in full disclosure i think lilly may be a client of yours but that announcement two manufacturing plants 500 high paying jobs adds on to some things already going on there now a lot happening in lebanon well absolutely and i think the lebanon mayor said it best and boone county said about this is the largest investment ever we've seen in boone county and what what people don't realize about this manufacturing these two plants is that the indirect jobs will be several thousand these are vendors people that are working in those facilities day in and day out and then you also have construction jobs over 1500 of them plus 500 high paying jobs and it just is a testament to what lilly means to central indiana and the state of indiana quite frankly those indirect jobs are going to be really important right the high paying jobs are great the investment that lilly made in north carolina those jobs if we're keeping track was averaging 70 thousand dollars we got the hundred thousand dollar plus jobs but those indirect jobs are going to be really really critical it's interesting that this investment comes on the heels of dave rick's presentation to the indiana economic club and you know how we are really proud of this investment exciting opportunity but there's so much more that we need to do to make investments in education to improve education outcomes for all and the health outcomes those disparities have to be addressed if we're going to continue to see investments like this going forward people talk about the potential for a research triangle type situation from purdue down to boone county the airport uh indianapolis obviously is that a realistic expectation absolutely i mean you have purdue which is a major research one university great leadership there you have universities here in the city both public and private university of maryland university starting the engineering school that's opening so there's so much opportunity here that if we can focus on our neighborhoods getting students of color those who haven't been part of those stem fields like dave rex talked about we have to start early and there's a great opportunity for us to do so a big economic development announcement in northwest indiana meets by lens coming from chicago breaking ground on a new a major new facility there 35 million dollar investment 300 jobs what i thought was interesting porsche about back to the population is lake county gaining some population so i know there have been a number of efforts in that part of the state to attract people to come across from illinois live and and you know grow in indiana and work in downtown chicago i mean what they're doing those efforts and marketing to to bring folks to that community is great i i had no idea until i saw that study that they were growing as fast as they were but i mean the quality of life that's how you attract talent and and folks to your community so i'm kudos to them on on that expansion yeah roger what do you think about that strategy i think it's interesting and seems to be working now this transformational two projects with the south shore rail line expansion and that making that trip to downtown chicago much easier much better it seems to be their position for more growth possibly right i think it's it's just the latest example of what you're seeing from a regional perspective and this goes back to several years ago when the iedc gave away those regional grant dollars is that everybody's finding their uniqueness right and so you know while while the governor is selling the state if you will to companies to come here it's up to each individual region to find their uniqueness and that's what you're seeing there and the benefits paying off getting that company and i want to get everybody's take on the indy 500 it seemed as though the buzz was back the fans were back obviously big crowd roger i'll start with you your take on the final i think it's it was wonderful i mean you look at the young the rookie drivers they're talking about how great it is to have roger penske you know in ownership of it and for for roger penske it was the first opportunity since he bought that facility that he could show it off and show off all the investments everything from the golf course to the restrooms to the stands the monitors everything and weather couldn't have been better yeah portia i know you were there i saw
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- Angelina Shandley
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