Timeline

1972

Sylvestre Construction begins as J & T Contracting with high school buddy Tom Ziegler doing basements, decks, and kitchens.

“Pong” introduces the video game craze.

1972-73

John Sylvestre attends Vocational Technical School and studies carpentry.

U.S. Supreme Court rules on Roe vs. Wade.

1974

John re-enrolls at the University of MN and is accepted into the School of Architecture.

Nixon resigns his presidency.

1976

John graduates from the University of MN with a Bachelors degree with a major in Architecture; continues his studies in architecture.

Concorde makes its first commercial flight.

1978

Purchase of first company pickup truck, a green Chevy.

John graduates from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Space invaders video game developed by Taito in Japan.

1980

Develop Blue Sheet, the basis of our current estimating system.

CNN is launched.

1981

Sylvestre Construction is incorporated.

First launch of Space Shuttle.

 

1983

First Apple computer is purchased at Sylvestre.

Les Anderson joins Sylvestre Construction.

Created first computer-generated contract – used the typewriter as a printer.

The compact disk makes its debut; vinyl records around the world mourn.

 

1984

Purchased 1st IBM computer.

Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer.

1988

Bill Hoeppner is hired as Salesperson SCI moves to current offices.

Received our 1st CotY Award.

CD’s outsell vinyl records for the first time.

1989

John becomes National Rep for MN NARI.

Bryce Alexander is hired as carpenter and hire “out of level” Larry.

Build house on lot on south side of Lake Calhoun.

Berlin Wall falls after 28 years.

1991

John becomes President of MN NARI.

1993

Kate Irmiter-Post is hired as Production Manager.

Craig Windle is hired as a lead carpenter.

Clinton is elected President.

1994

Judy Kurtz and Gerald Mastel are hired.

Tom Hanks wins his 2nd consecutive Oscar for Best Actor in Forrest Gump.

1996

Carpenters Rick Mikkelson & Dan Bishop join the crew.

Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep is born.

1998

John, Bill & Judy receive their CKD designations (Certified Kitchen Designer).

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1999

Mark Barton is hired as a lead carpenter.

The number of worldwide internet users reaches 150 million.

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2000

Gregg Hanson & Wendy Nortunen join the Sylvestrons.

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2001

Contract is signed for largest job to date: $1.1 million.

John sends his first e-mail.

The U.S. is attacked by terrorists on September 11th.

2002

Carpenter Bill Cibik joins Sylvestre.

Robot vacuum introduced by iRobot.

2003

Celebrated Les’s 20th Anniversary with Sylvestre Construction.

Don Ellingson hired as a new carpenter, Peter Sylvestre works part time.

Sadaam Hussein is captured.

2004

Tanya Hess, Josh Colvin & Joyce Heeter join Sylvestre.

The 2nd Dynasty of Anderson begins as Les’s son Cole joins the SCI ranks.

2005

Donella Olson and Heidi Lehrke join the Sylvestre team.

Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans with 80% of the city under 20 feet of water.

2006

New housing hits skids (again).

Remodeling continues to be quite an investment.

Twins win AL division title.

2007

Anna Sylvestre marries Don Bellefeille.

2008

September start to a large project that leads into 2009.

2009

Mortgage crisis stuns remodeling industry.

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2010

Worst year in Sylvestre history, volume is 25% of 2006 level.

2011

First Quarter 2011 NARI MN ACE Award: First Quarter 2011 ACE Award Winners (Achievement in Consumer Excellence) announced by NARI of Minnesota (National Association of the Remodeling Industry).

2013

Judy Kurtz celebrates 20 years of working with John.

Marc Sylvestre gets married.

Craig’s son Tom is drafted by the Dodgers as a left-handed pitcher.

2014

John gives up his pager.

Minnesota Wild reach playoffs.

2015

Develop and implement new website.

Kate’s daughter heads off to college.

2016

Les welcomes Grandchild #3.

John welcomes grandchildren #1, #2 and #3- All within 6 months
Our original Lotus estimating system is upgraded to Excel- We are not into the 21st Century!.

Sylvestre wins another COTY award for a Universal Bathroom and Elevator.

2017

3 Past clients sell their single- family homes and move into condos – That we remodel.

It has been 7 years since the great depression of 2010 and we are still in business – our 45th year.

2018

John begins the assault on the final punch list on his cabin in northwest Wisconsin which he started remodeling in 2007 in the hopes of developing the plans for his Sauna/Boat shed.

Minnesota Wild miss the playoffs.

Kate’s daughter graduates from college with a degree in Construction Management and found a job, with health insurance, as an estimator in a commercial construction company.

2019

Work begins on remodeling the remodeled website.

# 17 Gopher football team beats #5 Penn state and go 9-0 for the season.

One of the busiest years in the company history-

The tree for the totem pole is taken down and moved from St Paul to the cabin in NW Wisconsin.