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GRIFFITH | Hudec Woodworking Corporation has made Inc Magazine’s 2014 list of the nation’s 5000 fastest growing private businesses.

Inc Magazine’s website ranks the Griffith’s company at No. 2,433 and lists its annual revenue as $7.1 million with a growth rate of 158 percent.

Owner John Hudec is proud of growth and accomplishments of the company which he started in 1986 working out of his parents’ garage.

“It has been quite a feat,” Hudec said. “Really just surviving the recession was a feat. We are proud that we made it through the last four or five years. We have seen many in my industry shutter their doors. Several years ago it was pretty rampant.”

Hudec attributes the company’s phenomenal growth to his employees and opportunity.

“There are a few factors that came together into a perfect good storm,” Hudec said. “I would say it’s my employees going through a few tough years and having some tough times together to where together we really seized the opportunity and just made something great out of it. Part of the opportunity was, I think, that my market was a little ahead of the recession rebound. Our specialty is building restaurant interiors.”

Located at 148 N. Ivanhoe Court, Hudec Woodworking currently has 35 employees with 15 to 20 outside installers and subcontractors in the field. The company specializes in architectural woodworking.

“The wood work, the finished metal work, glass, plastics, stone, all of those materials typically fall under our trade,” Hudec said.

The company’s three main markets are Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Past local projects include Temple Beth Israel, the Schererville Red Robin and Teibel’s dining room remodel.

Recent remodeling projects include Lebernardin, one of the top seafood restaurants in New York City; the Palace Hotel in New York City; Joe’s Stone Crab in Washington; RPM Steak in the River North section of Chicago; and Del Frisco Steak House on Oak Street in Chicago.

“Those are a few of our big ones, ones that we are proud of, very unique, very creative really cool materials and vibes,” Hudec said.

Hudec’s advice to other entrepreneurs is to believe in themselves and never give up.

“During some really dark times I always had faith in this business that we would survive,” Hudec said. “That kept me going. That kept our employees going - that we would succeed, that we would prevail. If you believe in your product and in your people and you have the resources to stick it out even though your debt is deep sometimes it just makes sense to stay in there.”

Hudec loves his work.

“Our business is really cool,” Hudec said. “I believe it is the most beautiful trade in the world. We are the last guy into a finished space and we bring the ‘wow’ factor into these interiors. It is a profession to be proud of. Our end product just speaks for itself.”

Hudec Woodworking can be reached at (219) 922-9811 or visit www.hudecwoodworking.com

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