Hinton Construction shortlisted for small business award

June 12 — Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a four-part series highlighting the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce finalists for the 2024 Small Business of the Year award. winner will be announced on Saturday, June 15 at the Chamber Awards gala.

Hinton Construction has built a solid reputation and has built a large number of decks in just four years of being in this field.

Owned by Stockbridge, Georgia native Joseph Hinton, the company specializes in outdoor deck construction, dock repair and home remodeling. Hinton Construction’s work in these areas since 2020 has earned the company a finalist spot for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Small Business of the Year award.

It all started “by chance,” according to the owner and founder who grew up in a family of construction workers.

“My family had just come back from Arizona,” Hinton said. “We were traveling to state and national parks when they started closing them all down because of COVID.”

He was visiting his father in nearby Monticello when someone posted on social media that they needed to build a deck. Hinton had the knowledge, time and skills to do the job, so he threw himself in the ring and got it.

“Before we were done with that one, we had two other games lined up,” he said.

This is how a new business venture began. As the business grew, Hinton Construction began adding renovations and small additions to its list of jobs. The focus remains on these areas as well as bridge construction and dock repairs as the Hinton crew primarily travels around the lake area to make customers’ dreams come true.

The owner said being named a Small Business of the Year finalist is “a validation of all the long hours, weekends and hard work” his employees have put into making the business successful.

Hinton estimates that decking represents 70% of Hinton Construction’s business in terms of number of jobs. Its seven-person field crew can complete most deck projects in a month. Many can be completed in two to three weeks, although no two are the same.

“We don’t have a lot of basic square and rectangle type games,” Hinton said. “In general, our customer base wants something unique. I definitely prefer them because we like to have something a little more challenging.”

It’s these unique challenges that keep the job fresh day in and day out.

“Even though we renovate a ton of decks, bathrooms and basements, each one is always slightly different,” Hinton added. “Everyone wants their own personal touch. It’s satisfying to see the finished project and how happy the client is. You feel like you’ve accomplished a task instead of doing the same thing over and over again .”

In four years as a business owner, Hinton’s hopes for the customers who choose his business are the same as day one: that they are satisfied.

“We want customers to be delighted and feel like they’re getting value for their money,” he said. “I don’t want them to think they…

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