Case Studies

Charles H. Hamilton Company

A family tradition of complete site development contracting

For more than 50 years, Charles H. Hamilton Company (CHH Co.) has played a major role in the growth of the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. As a complete site development contractor, CHH Co. utilizes its talented and professional team to lay the groundwork for many of Ohio’s top residential, commercial and industrial developments. “What sets us apart is the fact that we are on time — every time,” says Charles Hamilton Jr., owner of CHH Co. “We maintain the production schedule while still placing an emphasis on quality.”

Founded in 1964 by Charles H. Hamilton Sr., CHH Co. is located in Maineville, Ohio, and remains a well-respected site development firm that has served Cincinnati and southwest Ohio for more than five decades.

Transparency through development

As a site development firm, CHH Co. provides developers and builders with a schedule outlining the timing of each phase of construction. The company’s extensive experience in construction allows its project managers to act as consultants in recommending efficient and economical ways toward project completion. By partnering with developers and other contractors, CHH Co. is able to provide fast-track, turnkey service. “We bring highly skilled project managers, foremen and crews trained in the use of heavy construction equipment,” says Hamilton.
“Our five decades of project management experience and extensive inventory of the industry’s latest and best maintained heavy production equipment guarantees that we are capable of completing any challenge.”

CHH Co.’s approach to every project has been a major factor in establishing the company’s solid reputation. By negotiating and working directly with developers, the business has established trust with its clientele, which has proven to be an asset in tight economic times, such as the housing collapse in 2008. “We haven’t always had to worry about being the lowest bidder,” Hamilton explains. “Developers know that we will deliver a quality product and most likely save them money and time.”

The foundation of CHH Co. as a family-owned, family-operated business is a success story that the company extends toward its clients. Hamilton began working for his father as a child. “I’ve been here since the inception of the company,” he recalls. “As a kid, I worked as a laborer and eventually worked my way up to general superintendent, to vice president, president and then owner.”

A history of quality

A project that Hamilton considers a personal favorite is a site development job that CHH Co. completed for property owners, Randy and Todd Terry, called Carriage Hill: offering an experience with nature that is genuine and breathtaking with all the casual comfort and understated elegance of an upscale community in Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio. The company completed all the site work, including grading, curb and pavement work in preparation for the Terry brothers to sell quality lots. “The owners were very meticulous in achieving the quality that Carriage Hill has become known for,” says Hamilton. “That is what we did for them.”

In December 2014, CHH Co. overcame the challenge of a late groundbreaking schedule to complete a large complex upscale development called Rivercrest for M/I Homes, in Warren County, Ohio. Other challenges included cutting a road from an existing 200-foot embankment extending from the main highway to where the streets of the development began.

CHH Co. received recognition for a notable project that took place in 1994 for Tom Humes, owner of Great Traditions at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. The development was recognized by Builder Magazine as Community of the Year for its 1994 National Awards Competition.

The team that CHH Co. has assembled over the years is Hamilton’s favorite aspect of his job. “I’m so proud of our people and their contributions to this company’s accomplishments,” he says. “We keep our facility looking very nice as well. We take pride in keeping our equipment clean, updated and maintained. Anyone who comes into our facility is impressed with the way it looks.”

With a positive outlook on the economy, Hamilton is looking forward to millennials entering the homebuyer market. As long as new developments continue to be constructed in residential, commercial and industrial markets, Charles H. Hamilton Company will remain one of the Midwest’s leading site development contractors.

Published on: February 1, 2016


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