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Richard H. Lauber
President & owner


J. & E. Duff, Inc., Mason Contractors, is family owned and operated, and was established in 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois by John and Edward Duff. Our initial focus was on residential construction. In the 1960s, we began to shift our attention to commercial, industrial and institutional construction, which is our exclusive focus today. We moved our office to Carol Stream, Illinois in 1964.

Currently, J. & E. Duff, Inc. employs a staff of approximately 230, under the leadership of Richard Lauber, President, who joined the company and his father in-law Edward Duff in 1959. Mr. Lauber has a significant presence in the construction industry, both in the greater Chicago area and nationally. He has made and continues to make a notable contribution to the MCAGC (Mason Contractors Association of Greater Chicago), MARBA (Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association), and MCAA (Mason Contractors Association of America). In 2000, Masonry Construction magazine presented Mr. Lauber with the national honor of "Industry Leader of the Year."

In the summer of 2001, we relocated to West Chicago, Illinois to a significantly larger facility, in order to accommodate our growth. We maintain a large inventory of field equipment, valued at nearly three million dollars. We are confident that we are prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges that we will face in the years to come.

J. & E. Duff, Inc. is committed to excellence in masonry construction. We are committed to providing the greatest amount of customer satisfaction. Furthermore, we are dedicated to job safety, which is demonstrated by Mr. Lauber's involvement with the CCSC (Chicagoland Construction Safety Council). We stand behind our work with pride, confident that we have produced work of the highest quality and have served our customers with care, diligence and efficiency.

In our commitment to providing high customer satisfaction, we at J. & E. Duff, Inc. work very hard at fostering close working relationships with both the general contractors and the owners for whom we work. This commitment to developing and retaining lasting relationships is evident in the work we have done for various owners and general contractors in the Chicagoland Area. We continue to seek such relationships that will benefit all parties.

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