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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