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Furlong Building Celebrates 5th Anniversary 

IMG_1504Wilder, KY–Furlong Building Enterprises, LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine where they have a major expansion and renovation project underway for the company. Founded by Jude Hehman and Pete Nicolaou in April 2010, Furlong began their design/build construction firm at the height of the economic recession. The company has grown to eleven employees and has gone from less than $2 million in revenue in its first year to just under $9 million in 2014. The company is continuing to grow and expand; now working in five states.

“It has been an exhilarating five years of growth and diversifying our business,” said Furlong CEO Jude Hehman. “We are grateful for the companies who took a chance on us and gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves and build our team of professionals. We are all committed to first class service for our customers and know that our success is based upon the quality of the individuals on our team.”

 Furlong has a portfolio of customers that include several Fortune 500 companies: Emerson, Schwan Foods, Cummins, Servatii’s, CRR, IDI Gazeley, NovaCare, Joseph Auto Group, Givaudan, FN Sheppard and Snap Fitness.

The company has been recognized for its business model and explosive growth, despite less than opportune economic conditions in the early few years. Furlong was named to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Emerging 30 list in 2014, received the Cincy Business Tri-State Success Award in 2012 and 2013 and was just named for the second time to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Fast 55 list of fastest growing private companies.

RhineFurlong chose to host their anniversary customer event at Rhinegeist Brewery, one of their new projects that is currently under construction. Rhinegeist is a $10 million project includes building a new brewhouse, private event space, and a roofdeck that will be added to the 112,000 sq. ft. historic building. Rhinegist is a self-distributor/craft brewer based in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The project is located just north of Findlay Market at 1910 Elm Street in Cincinnati (the original site of Christian Moerlein Brewery).

“We are proud of our relationship with Rhinegeist and wanted our customers and friends to see the great work we are completing for their expansion,” said Jude Hehman. “And there isn’t a better place to celebrate our success than at Rhinegeist’s brew house.”

Furlong specializes in design-build construction, additions and renovations for commercial, industrial, office, medical and retail projects. The company was awarded the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Emerging 30 award and received the Tri-State Success Award by Cincy Magazine two years in a row. In 2013 and again in 2015, the company was named to the Business Courier’s Fast 55 list of the region’s fastest growing companies. Services are provided throughout the Tri-State and Midwest Region including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.

Furlong Building Expands Local OTR Brewery

RhineHistoric renovation and expansion project for Rhinegeist

Wilder, KY–Furlong Building Enterprises, LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm, announced a new design-build construction project for Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The $10 million project includes building a new brewhouse, private event space, and a roofdeck that will be added to the 112,000 sq. ft. historic building. Rhinegist is a self-distributor/craft brewer based in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The project is located just north of Findlay Market at 1910 Elm Street in Cincinnati (the original site of Christian Moerlein Brewery).

 “We are proud and excited to provide our design/build services for the owners of Rhinegeist,” said President & CEO Jude Hehman. “A historic 155-year-old building project is full of challenges, but we are focused on all the details and on meeting the schedule for the expansion that is so critical to Rhinegeist’s future growth and success. We look forward to toasting with a can of suds once the project is complete.”

cranesThe new brewhouse, equipped with new storage and brewing tanks, will allow the company to increase capacity to produce over 30,000 barrels by the end of the year. Visitors and customers can enjoy the Rhinegeist products from several venues including a new roofdeck that is part of this expansion project. The project also includes a draft bar that has room for 200 people to enjoy a traditional German-style beer hall. The historic Elm Street site is on one of the future Cincinnati streetcar stops.

Furlong specializes in design-build construction, additions and renovations for commercial, industrial, office, medical and retail projects. The company was awarded the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Emerging 30 award and received the Tri-State Success Award by Cincy Magazine two years in a row. In 2013, the company was named to the Business Courier’s Fast 55 list of the region’s fastest growing companies. Services are provided throughout the Tri-State and Midwest Region including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.FurlongBuilding.com or call 859-647-2999.

Tom Lampe Joins Furlong Building Enterprises as Business Development Director

tom-lampe-headshotWilder, KY–Furlong Building Enterprises, LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm, announced today that Tom Lampe has joined the company as Director of Business Development. Lampe is responsible for attracting new business for the company and working with clients. Prior to joining Furlong, Lampe worked at Stand Energy, Tapke Asset Management and Trellis Companies, a real estate investment and management firm.

“Tom Lampe is the consummate professional and is an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” said President & CEO Jude Hehman. “His real estate and business development experience provides us with a new dimension in pursuing new opportunities for growth. Tom is a high value service-oriented professional who will work well with our clients.”

Tom Lampe was recently elected as a Commissioner for the Campbell County Kentucky Fiscal Court. Lampe is a graduate of Xavier University and has business and real estate experience in Ohio, Kentucky and throughout the Midwest and Southern Regions of the United States. He resides in Fort Thomas, KY with his wife Kim and the couple has three sons.

Committed to the community and public service, Tom Lampe has volunteered countless hours of his time in service to the people of Fort Thomas serving on City Council for 12 years; he serves on the Business Support Committee for the Board of Directors for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and is involved with his parish St. Catherine of Siena. Tom Lampe is a past board member of the Lions Club of Fort Thomas and a team leader for the Fine Arts Fund.

Furlong specializes in design-build construction, additions and renovations for commercial, industrial, office, medical and retail projects. The company currently has twelve employees and was awarded the Tri-State Success Award by Cincy Magazine for the second year in a row. The company was named to the Business Courier’s Fast 55 list of the region’s fastest growing companies for 2013. Services are provided throughout the Tri-State and Midwest Region including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.FurlongBuilding.com or call 859-647-2999

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