Ron Clark, president of Clark and Sons, was interviewed for this series.
Location and hours:
We’re at 2819 Tremont Road in Savannah and open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
How long have you been in business?
We’ve been a family business for 60 years.
How many employees do you have?
How would you describe your business?
We do steel fabrication and erection for both residential and commercial clients – everything from steel columns and bar joist to decking and ornamental iron. We are also an authorized dealer for Jerith Aluminum Fence.
How has your business changed over the years?
The industry has changed considerably over the last six decades. Our business has evolved as we keep up with those changes and make sure we have the best products and services to offer our customers.
What has been your biggest challenge and how have you overcome it?
Our biggest challenge by far came with the downturn in the economy during the recent recession. We took a substantial loss due to contractors’ inability to pay us for work already completed and installed. It literally took four years to come back from that terrible hit.
What aspect of the business are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the quality of our work. There have been times when we fall behind schedule due to a heavy workload, but we always deliver a quality product. Our customers know they will be happy with the end result and usually don’t mind waiting on our booked schedule.
Stalwart is defined as “marked by outstanding strength and vigor; loyal, hardworking and reliable.” What is it about your business that makes it a Savannah stalwart?
I would say the reason why we meet the definition of stalwart is because of our workmanship and dedication. It began with my grandfather, Albert, and was carried forward by my father, Ronnie Clark, and my uncle Buddy Clark. Now it rests with me. That is something I take very seriously.
What do you hope for the future of your business?
While we will continue to keep up with changes in the industry and put our emphasis on quality, both in workmanship and service, I have little or no desire to grow the business. I’m content with the size of our operation. Bigger isn’t always better.