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Apartment-alizing his life

image Norman Construction Inc. owner, Mike Basler

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Except for four years of service in the Marines Corps, Mike Basler has spent his adult life either building or rehabbing residences. After graduating from Oklahoma State with a construction management degree, Mike built homes for four years for Plantation Homes.




    He then went on to work as a superintendent for an apartment ownership group, grew his apartment rehabbing skills and began working as a subcontractor.
    Mike developed his skillset so much that he decided to establish Norman Construction Inc. in 1997.
    “First, it was just me, a couple of guys and a truck, with us doing the work ourselves,” Mike remembers. “Then it got bigger and I had 20 guys. I had these guys who worked with me so long that I just turned them into subcontractors and that was able to free me up to sub bigger work. In 2005, I just went straight to a subcontract basis. Now, I have 20 project managers in my main office in Grapevine and in Houston.”
    The company specializes in multi-family rehabilitation, renovation and maintenance, as well as capital improvements, and fire remediation services. In its more than 20 years of operation, Norman Construction Inc. has served Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri and Louisiana.
    Mike says helping others begin their own careers has been satisfying.
    “I enjoy working with my guys and teaching them,” he says. “I enjoy hiring young guys, bringing them up and watching them grow.”
    There is one young person in particular that Mike is excited to help.
     “My son, Michael Basler, just graduated from college and he’s working at a management company. I think after he gets some experience, I’m bringing him in here and letting him take over this company,” Mike says. “But, I probably won’t retire for another 10 years. I enjoy what I do!”
    Multi-family rehabilitation, renovation and maintenance subcontractor Norman Construction is in Grapevine and Houston. –mjm

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