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Construction begins at 160-Unit apartment community in Prescott

Cole Johnson, President of Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc., announced that construction will begin on a new 160-unit garden style apartment community being built by his development company, Parlay LLC. Decca Multi-Family Builders, the general contractor for the project, began clearing the site and groundbreaking is planned for September 2015. Construction is expected to complete by late-October 2016.

The project, located at 3137 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, Arizona, will include new studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and carriage houses with detached garages. In addition, the community will provide residents with new clubhouse facilities, including a full-kitchen, supplemented by outdoor BBQ, community entertainment space, courtyards and a 24-hour fitness center.  Unit amenities include granite counter tops, in-unit laundry facilities, plank flooring and extensive landscaping.

“There has been a growing demand for quality apartments in Prescott in recent years, making it ideal timing for building this new community,” said Cole Johnson, President of Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc. “Thanks to the great work by my finance partners Paragon Mortgage and Alliance Bank, we were able to negotiate through the complex HUD financing process to secure a $17.2 million, 40-year, 3.6% fixed-rate term loan without any personal guarantees. We are on track to deliver 160 new apartment units in 14-months.”

“Demand for new apartments is high in Prescott,” said Thomas Shelton, principal with Allison-Shelton Real Estate Partners. “This is the first market-rate community to be built in Prescott in at least five years and as a result we expect the waiting list to begin the first day we open reservations.”

Other development projects by Cole Johnson include:

  • Whispering Canyon, a custom home subdivision in Prescott, Arizona;
  • Berkanna Townhomes with locations throughout Arizona; and
  • Encanto at Moon Valley, a new single-family residential development in Phoenix, Arizona by Metro Living.

Arizona drywall contractor expands into Nevada

Paul Johnson Drywall Inc. (PJD), Arizona’s largest drywall contractor, announced its expansion into Nevada in response to the growing demands of the Las Vegas market’s single-family and multifamily construction industry. With its first expansion outside of Arizona, PJD will be working with long-time customers Pulte Homes, Ryland Homes and other well-respected single-family and multifamily builders in Nevada.

Chip Brown, Las Vegas general super

Chip Brown, Las Vegas general super

Ron “Chip” Brown, a 32-year veteran of the Nevada drywall and construction industry, was hired as the firm’s general superintendent. In his new role with PJD, Brown is responsible for running the firm’s construction services; hiring crews, estimators and superintendents; and leading sales efforts in Nevada. PJD recently purchased a 6,500-square-foot office building, located at 5957 McLeod Drive in Las Vegas, to house its local operations.  The two-story building holds PJD’s executive offices, warehouse space and conference rooms, as well as an outdoor storage yard. The firm also has three offices in Arizona – Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.

“Moving into a new market is an exciting venture and having a well-respected industry veteran to help lead the expansion positions our firm well,” said Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall. “With our new office and an exceptional team to manage the new office operations, PJD is well-positioned to help our customers meet their sales goals and raise the bar for builders throughout Nevada.”

In addition to Brown joining the firm’s Las Vegas office, new office operations are being managed by Lou Eltringham, who has been with PJD for more than a decade and relocated to Las Vegas two years ago. She was promoted to executive project manager to assist with opening the new office and managing the firm’s payroll department.

According to a recent report from the Association of General Contractors, Nevada experienced the largest percentage increase in construction employment between July 2013 and July 2014 at 13.4 percent, adding 7,500 construction jobs over the year.

“The uptick in construction employment in Nevada is another signal that it is an opportune time for PJD to expand into the market,” Johnson added. “We look forward to providing Las Vegas-area single-family and multifamily builders with reliable, professional drywall services.”

Cole Johnson appointed to Department of Labor pilot program council

Cole Johnson

Cole Johnson

Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall, was tapped to serve on the business advisory council for a new pilot program called the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP), which is being initiated by the Department of Labor’s Phoenix District Office of the Wage and Hour Division (DOL). Johnson was asked to serve as a representative of the construction industry. Other industries being targeted include hospitality, janitorial, food service and security.

EMCAP was developed by the DOL, in cooperation with the business advisory council, which is comprised of business leaders from various industries. The program is designed to address the growing issue of worker misclassification, which the DOL identified as a trend arising from the business practice of utilizing independent contractors and other contingent workers opposed to hiring employees, thus improperly classifying workers. To address issues arising from this business practice, the DOL launched a five-year Misclassification Initiative in 2011.

In order to provide a mechanism for companies that may have erred in their classification of workers that allows them to address the issue without creating the potential for further exposure with DOL, the group established the EMCAP pilot program in Arizona. EMCAP intends to increase compliance, while providing employers with an opportunity to conduct a self-audit. Employer requests to participate in this program will be accepted from October 1 until November 28, 2014.

In May 2014, Paul Johnson Drywall (PJD) president Cole Johnson began initial collaborations with the DOL by implementing its classification initiative. As a result of this effort, PJD reactivated 1,325 workers as W-2 employees and hiring 627 new employees, taking the firm to nearly 2,000 employees.

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Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc. partners with Younger Scaffold & Supplies, LLC

Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc. (PJD) has established a new vendor partnership with Younger Scaffold & Supplies, LLC. (Younger). The agreement requires that Younger will provide heavy-duty scaffolding, safety training and inspections of the equipment onprojects where PJD crews are working. As one of Arizona’s largest drywall contractors, PJD is creating a more efficient and safe work environment forcrews by relying on Younger’s equipment and fall protection expertise, which enables drywall crews to focus on completing their work.

Younger’s complete scaffold safety program complements the PJD safety program and brings an added level of confidence with scaffold experts assigned to provide and inspect the equipment. In addition, crews receive safety training at each site. The program includes using Younger’s high-quality product, which is sturdy, stable and tested; installation by a trained and competent scaffold expert and inspection by a qualified inspector on a regular basis.

“As our business continues to grow, our crews are intent on completing jobs for our customers and we saw this partnership with Younger as a valuable program that increases crew safety on the job, while also ensuring that corners are not being cut,” said Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall.

“Our scaffold experts bring peace-of-mind to customers like Paul Johnson Drywall, allowing their workers to focus on their work while we set the stage for a safe working environment,” said Jeff Younger, owner of Younger Scaffold & Supplies. “We are very pleased to be associating with one of the largest and most reputable drywall contractors in Arizona. It’s good to know that so many construction workers will have our product supporting them,” he added.