In the construction industry, time is money. The more time
it takes to complete a project, the more money that is lost due to the
owner’s inability to begin using the facility. It stands to reason
that the faster the building is up, the better.
So, why would someone ask a contractor to slow down?
The answer is that the contractor was working faster
than the other trades — a lot faster. “We have a track record
that we finish our work before the deadline,”
says Mukesh “Mike” Thakkar. We have been known as gangbusters
in the market, and general contractors love doing work with us.”
What is AMCO?
The “us” is AMCO Enterprises, Inc. a
Kenilworth, N.J., company specializing in heating and air conditioning
contracting. It was founded in 1990, incorporated in 1992 and has made
a lasting impression with each passing
year. AMCO has been a part of numerous prominent projects during the years.
Recently, AMCO was involved on the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson,
N.J., and the Belmont-Runyon High School in Newark, N.J.
AMCO’s 52-person staff has been able to complete
some of the most demanding projects, due, in part, to a 10,000-square-foot
metal shop. It allows the union workers to fabricate all the sheet metal
for ductwork with computer-aided precision. But ductwork is only one of
the total service options provided by AMCO.
What does AMCO do?
“We sell, install and service HVAC systems,
including ductwork piping,” says Thakkar. “We are a complete
mechanical contractor, except for plumbing. We do all our own sheet metal,
our own sheet metal installation, pipe fitting installation and complete
balancing. We have 35 technicians who can work on the HVAC system and
report on it. We have all services under one roof.”
AMCO’s ability to perform all the work in-house
means a lot to the client. It means that one company is responsible for
every facet of the HVAC system. “We have all our own manpower under
one roof; the only thing we subcontract out is control,” explains
Thakkar. “This gives us much better leverage than other contractors
that don’t do pipefitting and don’t do sheet metal. We do
If something happens to go wrong, there won’t
be any finger pointing. There can’t be any finger pointing. It also
means that there is going to be one source of information regarding the
HVAC system. “We have a professional engineer on board who does
quality control on every project,” adds Thakkar. “Ninety percent
of contractors do not have that kind of leverage. We are currently certified
in the state of New Jersey for $15 million, and expecting to go up to
$25 million. After that certification, we will be in the top ten HVAC
contractors certified by the state
of New Jersey. Presently, we are in the top 30 for sure.”
The wellspring of security won’t run dry after
the project is completed, either. The people who installed the system
are the same people that can service it. Who
better to take care of something than someone who knows it inside and
How does it work?
So how does AMCO put its services to work for you?
“We pick up the predesigned drawings & specs and work
out turnkey HVAC systems for the facility,” says Thakkar.
“We will then submit our bids and negotiate with the owner or the
general contractor, whoever we’re dealing with. Turnkey systems
including installation, fabrication, coordination and balancing the system,
is all under one roof. Our client gets a complete HVAC system from one
Putting AMCO on the job also presents an additional
opportunity for cost savings. AMCO’s expertise in heating and air
conditioning gives the client another chance to get the maximum efficiency
with the system. While it doesn’t create the initial design, AMCO
does find ways to enhance a system or come up with a better system. “We
present the client with the best solutions,” Thakkar explains. “We
know if it is doable or not, and we have our own engineering staff, so
we can even modify the design of the whole system. We will present a proposal
to the client that will save time and money and perform as well as, or
better than, the originally designed system. Additionally, it can sometimes
be completed sooner than the originally planned system. Saving time saves
money for the client.”
AMCO is the right fit
AMCO works on a wide variety of project types to work on. Says. Thakkar,
“We do both new construction and renovation. The majority of our
clients are schools, universities, colleges, municipalities, or any federal
or state government facility. We also do work in the pharmaceutical market,
and we are getting into hospitals and health care.” Clients can
rely on AMCO to be up for the task no matter what new challenge awaits.
Working on a wide range of project types opens the
doors for long-term relationships between AMCO and its clients. AMCO is
brought in time and again to help save money, through either suggesting
a more efficient system or through its sheer speed. In the end, AMCO believes
that the work is all about serving the client in the best way possible.
Usually, that means getting the job done right and done fast.
— Corporate Profile