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30 years strong

image The Ehrlich family poses with Jordan Lighting after receiving the 2018 Leadership Award. L-R: Matt Ehrlich, Bryan Ehrlich, Carl Ehrlich, Jordan Lighting, Dora Ehrlich and Mark Ehrlich.

SAN ANTONIO - From filling a niche doing commercial contracting for a major supermarket chain to becoming a major player in the commercial construction industry, Carl Ehrlich has come a long way in 30 years.






    Ehrlich started Central Builders Inc. after successfully installing décor and fixtures in several Albertson Supermarkets back in 1989. Today, the company has grown into a family business with sons Bryan, Matt and Mark by his side.
    Bryan, Carl’s eldest son, is the company’s vice president. He started working for CBI during the summers and came on full-time after graduating from college. Twin boys Mark and Matt also work at CBI. Mark is a project executive overseeing private work for CBI. Matt is CBI’s office manager.
    “We have grown quite a bit since 1989. By the mid-2000s, we probably got up to $30 million. Then the economy took a dive and things kind of went south, dropping between $8 and $10 million back in 2013. For the past three years we have been on one of the fastest growing companies list and best places to work as ranked by the San Antonio Business Journal. We have grown at a good percentage every year, 73 percent over the past three years,” says Bryan.
    CBI prides itself in providing the quality people for their projects. Employing many carpenters and skilled tradesmen and craftsmen as well as traveling with their customers has been the key elements to CBI’s success and longevity. “We’re a true general contractor,” adds Bryan. He also gives credit to his father for having the business sense to build the company through tough times in the early years. “The biggest thing is consistency and performance. We have always prided ourselves on performance and not worrying about the bottom-line. Our word is our bond.”
    For the next 30 years, the CBI family would like to conquer the ground-up grocery store market and more new retail construction.
    Central Builders Inc. is a full-service general contractor with offices in New Mexico, Denton and San Antonio. –cmw

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