Owner of TJ’s Construction Ltd., TJ’s Windows & Building Centre, and Co-owner of Vy Build Inc., 50 Grant Street, East Royalty.
“I was once told that doing what you love will make you feel successful and everything else that comes along will be icing on the cake,” says Tim McHatten.
Tim came to PEI from New Brunswick, and has owned and operated TJ’s Construction for 28 years. TJ’s Windows & Building Centre has been open for nine years. “Our new company, Vy Build Inc., focuses on the energy efficiency market, particularly solar energy. We are incorporating energy efficient technology into our homes and other construction developments.”
The three companies have a total of eight staff. “Right now we have two staff who design our kitchens and windows, and we have a store manager and a store sales person who multi-task by working in the lumber yard as well. We also have carpenters and labourers at the work sites.
“We keep a lean operation, but we are working on expanding our labour force.” Tim is looking to hire more staff in the following areas:
- Delivery driver
- Warehouse shipping and receiving
“We could always use more experienced carpenters and labourers when the busy season hits. Ideally, I look for people who want to stay with the company long-term.
“We offer year-round work for several store and administration staff, but we have to thin out the number of construction workers for a few winter months.”
Tim has hired people through the PEI Association of Newcomers and has been very pleased with the skills set they offer. “They have been hard working and loyal. The language barrier has been a bit of a challenge, but nothing that we have not been able to overcome. We want to give people a chance and are keen to make it work by taking our time to explain in more detail and answer questions to help them get their work done properly.”
They plan to complete a new showroom for their products by 2018.
How to apply
“We advertise our jobs on WorkPEI, which is a fantastic way to post jobs and search for job seekers who match the skills we need.”
The store manager posts the jobs and is the contact for setting up interviews. “We encourage potential candidates to drop in at our location to find out more about the company and what jobs are available.”
Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI
Tim is President of the association. He is looking to grow the association and expand the number of staff.
“I’ve been a proud member of the CHBA for 25 years, and it does nothing but help for advanced training and staying on top of building practices as they change over the years. We also want to expand our membership base. With the economy growing, we are seeing more businesses wanting to become members, for networking and training reasons in particular. We accept all membership options: business professionals, sub-trades, and builders.
“When the building code is eventually adopted all across the Island, residential construction companies will want to carry our label and have the proper training in place, and the association can help make this happen. Consumers will look for companies that have all of the qualifications in place, so they will look to our membership first.”
For more about the Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI, call 902-367-6125. Visit www.chba-pei.ca.