ASHTABULA — During a recent celebration with family and friends, Chuck Borsukoff of JCI Contractors passed the company “torch” to his son, Charlie.
Charlie is now president and his father, Chuck, will assume the role of chairman and chief executive officer. Stanley Glasky, vice president of project management, will become the first non-family member to own shares in JCI.
“You work all of your life to build up a business through good times and bad and hope for that legacy to be carried on one day,” Chuck said. “It’s most rewarding to have one of your kids take it over — in this instance, my son, who has worked hard and is a proven leader.”
For the past 40 years, with Chuck at the helm of JCI Contractors, the company has become an award-winning commercial and industrial construction firm based in Ashtabula.
In the past 10 years, JCI Contractors has finished projects in eight states, but one of the biggest project stands in downtown Ashtabula‚ the $1 million interior and exterior renovation of the former Hotel Ashtabula. The project received $250,000 in tax credits from the Ohio Development Services agency. The hotel closed in the 1980s and JCI first restored and refurbished the building for Signature Health.
Castle Block, a commercial plaza on Center Street in Ashtabula, received $626,000 in tax credits for a project expected to cost upwards of $3 million, Charlie Borsukoff said.
The two-story mixed-use commercial building boasts a dozen storefronts, a few of which are occupied, and 12 second-floor apartments, which have been vacant for decades. The project will convert all but four commercial spaces into residential use and rehabilitate the upstairs apartments.
Other JCI projects include construction of the covered bridge pavilion at Giddings Park in Jefferson and the design and construction of the Lake Erie Canopy Tours welcome center at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Coming up later this year, JCI Contractors will have a hand in turning the former Carlisle’s building into apartments, office and retail space. LDA Architects of Cleveland has been hired for design and JCI Contractors of Ashtabula will do the construction work.
Renew Partners LLC purchased, and intends to invest $12 million to redevelop, the Main Avenue building.
City Manager Jim Timonere said he’s glad to see zombie property — a property that’s been abandoned — bought and redeveloped by a company city officials know and trust.
“A lot of exciting things are happening downtown,” he said.
Last year, JCI received an Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern Ohio for its work on the new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Madison. Other awards include a listing on the Weatherhead 100 fastest growing companies in 2017 and 2019, a list compiled by Case Western Reserve University.
“I have big shoes to fill, but I am excited to carry on the legacy my dad started,” Charlie said. “We look forward to a very bright future.”