About Blackduck Builders
Black Duck Builders….where does the name “Black
Duck” come from, anyway? It comes from an honest, humble,
northern Minnesota town that Chris Steinke visited years ago. Chris
is one of the founders of Black Duck Builders, and when he and Vaughan
French were trying to think of a unique, solid name for their business,
they felt that the values they wanted to exhibit through their company
were a direct correlation to the small town in northern Minnesota,
where a man’s word has integrity, and no job is done until
the customer is happy.
While both Vaughan and Chris each have at least 20
years of experience in construction, they decided to team up in
1999, where they could learn from each other’s various experiences
and form a successful unison. Chris had been a manager for Keystone
for more than 15 years, and Vaughan had extensive experience in
construction management. They had both also spent their “younger”
year (summers) working as construction workers while in college
and between ski seasons. They have had great success together, mainly
because of referrals from their customers and repeat business.
To this day, they still create their own bids, trying
to offer the most value to their customers, and they also scrutinize
each invoice for accuracy before it is presented. They feel this,
in addition to their excellent on-site service, offers a personal
touch to their customers because they know exactly what they have
discussed with each customer, what has occurred on the job site,
and what the customer is expecting for total satisfaction. And to
make it a “family affair”, both of their wives Vaughan/Angie,
Chris/Amy, roll-up their sleeves and help with construction clean-up,
keeping their books, and fielding phone calls whenever possible.
Vaughan and Chris are also proud of their employees.
They employ only quality personnel, who have construction experience.
They also try to mentor a few college students each year, making
sure they have an experienced employee with them at all times. This
helps them give experience to up-and-coming young people while building
their staff base. You can feel confident that you will get quality
work from any team they send to your job site or home remodel.
We at Black Duck Builders are thankful for every opportunity
we are given to prove our integrity, quality, and honesty in doing
business. No job is complete until our customer is happy. We are
members of the Better Business Bureau and have an extensive reference
list available. Please contact us, either by phone or e-mail, and
we will be happy to do a bid, provide references, or just help you
decide which direction you’d like to head in remodeling/enhancing
your mountain home. Please check out the “Our Work”
page on this web-site for pictures of our work.
Vaughan and Angie French
Chris and Amy Steinke