Detroit News, April 23, 1999, Metro Detroit Business Section

Dearborn builder turns clients’ dreams into reality

Company restores upscale projects like Orchestra Hall by Kortney Stringer

Dearborn – Dominic Maltese believes it takes a strong foundation to build a happy home.

That’s why the president and CEO of D.J. Maltese Co., Inc. said the construction firm turns people’s million-dollar dreams into reality.

“When people come to our company, they are looking for quality and craftsmanship,” Maltese said. “They want to be pampered and they see that we can treat them the way they deserve to be treated.”

The construction company was started in 1976 by Maltese and his brother, Joseph, in an effort to expand the plastering business their grandfather started in 1946.

The company, which has built and renovated more than 800 homes and commercial buildings, now specializes in upscale projects such as the restoration of Orchestra Hall and the Whitney restaurant in downtown Detroit.

“It took a lot of hours and a lot of hard work to get here,” said Maltese, Detroit chapter president for the Associated General Contractors of America this year. “The contracts we’ve gotten have given us a chance to prove what we’re capable of and what we can do.”

After seeing the firm’s work, Leila Dabbous, owner of Dearborn Cardiology Associates, chose the construction company to built a $3-million replacement facility.

“When I saw their work, I absolutely loved it,” said Dabbous, who plans to move into the new building in early fall. “I not only like their work, but I like their honest and straightforward approach.”

Maltese said clients’ changing views about construction have led to more informed and educated decisions when selecting firms.

“It used to be that people would automatically pick the company with the lowest price,” Maltese said.

“People are learning the lowest price isn’t always the best and in the future people realize the choice of quality is much more cost effective.”

D.J. Maltese
Headquarters: Dearborn
Founded: 1976
Employees: 40
Services: Upscale construction, restoration and renovation of homes and commercial buildings.
Contact: For information, call (313) 274-3600.

Kortney Stringer is a Detroit free-lance writer.