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Craffey & Co.: Third-Generation New England Carpenter

October 29, 2013

The president and chief financial officer of Craffey & Co. Builders Inc., based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Kevin Craffey handles all day-to-day operations. Recognized for his craftsmanship, the journeyman carpenter founded the firm in 1995. The general contracting business, which employs as many as 150 workers, has completed renovations and additions in more than 45 states, for clients including shopping malls, retail establishments, and big-box stores. Kevin Craffey’s empire also encompasses K& J Interiors, Inc., a carpentry subcontracting business he founded in 1988. This company, offering employment to as many 350 union workers, provides finish carpentry, drywall, and framing for construction in the retail, commercial, and institutional sectors in New England.

Another Craffey firm, KJ Realty Trust Corporation/Court Street Trust Corporation, acts as a developer. Founded by the entrepreneur in 1990, the company has completed residential, retail, and office projects in several Massachusetts counties, including a revitalization of the Buttner Building, an historic structure in Plymouth. In 1999, Kevin Craffey founded Mountain View Development in Whitefield, New Hampshire, where he served as president. In addition to overseeing more than 300 employees, he successfully restored the famed hotel, managed the operations of the four-star, four-diamond property for two years, and assisted in creating a hospitality internship. Craffey also secured financing from multiple federal and state agencies and negotiated the company’s sale to Great American Corporation at a profit.

The Craffey companies have benefited enormously from their namesake’s heritage. A third generation carpenter, he grew up in Boston, where both his grandfather and father led the local carpenters’ union as presidents. The young Craffey leveraged his apprenticeship to a position as foreman in only five years and founded his first company a few years after earning his journeyman certification. His companies have grown and thrived and become a national presence through his dedication to craftsmanship and exceptional customer service.

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