Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 8, 2003

Bartz opens for business in HL

By Jody Anderson

The curiosity of local residents may be satisfied with the new business Bartz Construction, which took possession of the old George's Alaskan Seafood building in Howard Lake this year.

"I saw the place on the way to a basketball game," commented owner Greg Bartz.

"It's on the highway ­ it's a growing community ­ and that's what I was looking for," he said.

Bartz Construction receives most of its business in the western suburbs, but is looking for local clients.

Most of his clients have come to him through personal recommendations, with plenty of repeating customers.

Most of Greg's business is remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, but he also builds additions and repair water damage.

"I'd like to build a few houses out here," he said.

"The market is right and Gary Vangen at the (Security State) bank has been very helpful."

Greg's love of his work shows on his face when he shares his personal philosophy.

"There's a lot of satisfaction in turning something that is not-so-nice into something really nice," he said.

Bartz lived most of his life in the metro area, and was looking for the tranquility of a smaller community, he said. He moved his family to Maple Lake five years ago, he said.

Bartz has a colorful background, having experience in a variety of subjects; including being a private pilot and education in human resources.

Bartz started as a painter in the Twin Cities, later went to Florida to serve in the Air Force and received a BA in Human Resources. He was drawn back to the construction business in the Twin Cities, he said.

Bartz is also a private pilot. "I like to do a variety of things," he said, "I'm always learning."

Bartz Construction does not have official office hours, but Greg can be reached at his cell phone (763) 300-1945.

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