I developed my own business acumen listening to my dad. I got to see how he handled every aspect of his business.
– Garry Brav Founder, BFL Construction
Meet the BFL Team Delbert D. Dittmer, Owner & VP
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Raised in Iowa, Delbert D. Dittmer attended college for drafting, construction principles and estimating. He operated his own successful construction business for 13 years until the mid ’80s when an economic downturn compelled him to seek work outside the Midwest. He visited several Sun Belt states looking for a new start. He found that new start at BFL Construction in Tucson. That was 27 years ago. Through the years he moved from superintendent to project manager. Today he is a senior VP and owner. Dittmer assigns projects to the company’s project manager/estimators and takes part in the conceptual estimating of the cost of a project. Because BFL gets involved early in the process, often in the design stage, preliminary cost estimates can be made without a full set of plans. “We get in at the very beginning and stay to the end. We give pricing options and are part of the decision-making process with the client.” BFL produces feasibility studies for different types of construction and product – offering suggestions that will work with various design elements to build a long-lasting product. “We guarantee a maximum price,” Dittmer said. “The price does not change unless there is a change to the scope of the project. All projects are completed on time and on budget.” BFL is very selective in its choice of subcontractors. “Our prequalification process allows us to select the subcontractor that is best qualified for each type of product.” Dittmer said BFL, now marking 40 years in business, has the experience and leadership to provide a turnkey project. It also works with a client’s architects and engineers to put together a team to execute a project, while the business owner focuses on running his or her business. “We help in the decision-making process, but the decision is made by the team. They make the best decisions,” Dittmer said. “The BFL company slogan is ‘Expect Integrity.’ Maintaining honesty and integrity on every project is a key element to building future business relationships.”
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tions. I developed my own business acumen listening to my dad. I got to see how he handled every aspect of his business – but especially how to treat people with respect and how to negotiate.” Brav’s father started early too – working at age 12 in a Stop & Shop grocery for 25 cents an hour. When he served in the Navy during WWII, the store kept him on the payroll throughout his military service. After the war, he opened a Stop & Shop in Indianapolis. A couple of years later he decided to start his own business. In his 30s, the elder Brav began to experiment with the application of new packaging technology for food manufacturing. Brav said his father invented the frozen French fry and frozen individual appetizers – cheeses on a cracker or pastry bed – and began manufacturing cheese products with machinery he bought in Switzerland. It was novel then to buy a frozen food and heat it in the oven. The factory ran two shifts processing cheese, forming them into triangles wrapped with foil. Later he had a Styrofoam mold made to hold ceramic crocks of cheese, which became a big seller at Christmas time. Then Brav’s father began to manufacture private-label foods for Reese, Viking, S.S. Pierce, Richelieu Foods, Hickory Farms and others. It was a new concept at the time. “I worked in the factory,” Brav said, continued on page 168 >>>
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