By Mary Daisey Shockley – Staff Writer
August 2, 2011
MILLVILLE – For Mike Cummings, founder and CEO of Miken Builders, his business has been his life and passion since 1987.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the company began in Wilmington specializing in commercial construction and later expanded to offer residential construction, a part of the business that grew with the 1994 opening of the Millville location.
“The one thing I’ve always been in tune with is that you never stop learning,” he said. “I’m always thinking about what we can improve upon to provide a better service.”
Miken Builders has expanded to meet the needs of its clients with two businesses. Betterliving Patio & Sunrooms provides outdoor living spaces while Delmarva Daylighting offers eco-friendly products to reduce energy costs.
“You have to be able to recognize that if you’re not changing or improving, you are dying,” Cummings said. “You need to look at what the needs are in the present environment while sticking to your core.”
President Mike McKone came onboard 10 years ago and brought with him more than 30 years of experience in commercial construction as a carpenter, superintendent and project manager. Combined with Cummings’ residential carpentry background, the two work great together.
“We both come from carpenter backgrounds,” McKone said. “Our similar but different backgrounds help make a great partnership.”
Cummings said the business prides itself on open communication, which goes hand-in-hand with his goal of providing the best service, experience and products.
“We have an excellent communication process in place and that’s one of the reasons our clients like working with Miken Builders,” he said. “Our goal is to provide customer service that is second to none before, during and after the sale. The most important thing you can do for your client is provide great communication.”
After moving to Sussex County with his family to open the Millville location, Cummings also made community service a big part of his focus.
“I’ve always been a believer and taught my children that if you are a member of the community it is your duty to give back to that community in which you work and serve,” he said. “I preach it to new businesses and our employees.”