A Family Affair: Family Owned Businesses in the Association Building Homes for Generations
July 6, 2009

The Werderitch family history in the construction business started in a small town in Austria, where my great grandfather, Alois Werderitch, was what they then called a “Master Builder” in Europe. Following in his father’s footsteps, my grandfather, also Alois, learned the carpentry trade from him and brought his skill to America, arriving at Ellis Island in 1922 along with his brothers.

As carpentry work was very difficult to come by at the time, my grandfather migrated to Chicago and was at first an ironworker in the Chicago subway system, and later became a Superintendent for a cement contractor/builder until his retirement. Continuing on in the family tradition my own father, Louis Werderitch, worked with his dad and then went to trade school to become a carpentry contractor. In 1962 he started his own business as a custom home builder in the Barrington and Palatine, Illinois areas in which his is still active.

As for myself, from the time before I was in high school, I worked for my dad cleaning up around the jobsites after school, and subsequently joined his company as a carpenter. During those eleven years, I gained invaluable first-hand construction and business experience, which I then brought to my company when I decided to venture out on my own and founded Werderitch Construction, Inc. in 1984.

Since I started in this industry, I have always done custom work. Beginning as a carpenter contractor I had the opportunity to work on many unique projects and grow my business to the level it is today.

As a custom builder and general contractor, I have completed many projects in such areas as Barrington, Barrington Hills, Arlington Heights, Cary, Marengo, Bull Valley, Prairie Grove, and Crystal Lake, where our base has been for over 20 years. I am proud to have participated in constructing “dream homes” for all the great clients I have had through the years.

Construction is in the Werderitch family. I have two brothers in the industry and a son who is showing interest in the business as well.

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