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W222 N630 Cheaney Road, Waukesha  •
Year Founded: 1947
Product or Service Offered: Our in-house experts design, build and furnish commercial interiors, with expertise in corporate, health care, learning and hospitality environments.
CEO: James Kuehn
Leadership Team: Ralph Kuehn, chairman of the board; Peter Kordus, president and chief operating officer; James Macejkovic, executive vice president and chief information officer; Roger Daniels, senior vice president of architecture & design
Projected 2016 Revenue: $60 million
Target Clientele: Corporate, health care, learning and hospitality environments.

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Peter Kordus, Jim Macejkovic, Ralph Kuehn, Jim Kuehn and Roger Daniels
Peter Kordus, Jim Macejkovic, Ralph Kuehn, Jim Kuehn and Roger Daniels

What has fueled your company’s growth?

“Our people, our process and our products. Our in-house design, build, furnish process allows our clients to remain focused on their business while we build or renovate their facility. Our comprehensive approach streamlines communication and is quicker, more economical and very high-quality. Our clients find value in BSI’s 10 principles of ‘Productivity Based Design,’ which we use to design spaces that increase collaboration, innovation and productivity. The ease of doing business with BSI keeps clients coming back and referring us to friends and associates. BSI’s people-focused company culture has allowed us to build a highly engaged, experienced team. Clients value our knowledge, expertise and long-term relationships.”

What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?

“Skilled labor and the continual evolution of office environments. There is an overall shortage (in the Milwaukee market) of skilled craftsmen to work in our field operations. To support our client demand for quick, high-quality projects, we have a growing need for carpenters, painters, floor coverers, electricians, laborers, furniture installers and service personnel. This is an industry-wide issue as less young people are choosing to enter apprenticeship programs and the trades. Additionally, the rapid changes taking place in today’s offices due to the evolution of technology and also the demographics of the workforce have forever changed the workplace. Electronic tools give employees options as to where, when and how they work.”

Do you plan to make any changes to your company?

“Recently we’ve added in-house audiovisual capabilities. We believe that there is enormous growth potential in this division, which provides: video conferencing and collaboration tools, public address and mass notification products, presentation systems, digital signage, automation and control systems, security systems, energy management systems and more.”

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