Kodiak Daily Mirror - Business spotlight Keeping up with flooring needs keeps Wood busy
Business spotlight: Keeping up with flooring needs keeps Wood busy
by Peter J Mladineo
Jun 04, 2014 | 221 views | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stephen Wood. (Peter J. Mladineo photo)
Stephen Wood. (Peter J. Mladineo photo)
Stephen Wood hesitated at first in describing his future plans for his booming Great Alaskan Flooring Company — his workload is so large these days it leaves little time for vision statements.

But then he availed a long-term view:

“My ultimate goal would be to have a design center — cabinets, appliances, flooring, paint — that’s probably years down the line and I don’t know if I’ll ever achieve it. But that seems like something this community really needs,” he said.

His biggest business challenge du jour is “keeping up with all the work,” said Wood, 28.

Great Alaskan Flooring rebranded itself in 2011, from Bernie Bros. Flooring, a name change that Wood believes has helped it get knee-deep in jobs.

“This year is pretty big. We have the U.S. Navy Seals cold weather training facility, which is a large project. Also there is the Kodiak Island senior housing on Near Island. We’re also doing 10 new construction duplexes for the Coast Guard. There’s a building 54 remodel that we’re doing. Those are just our commercial projects that we’ve got lined up so far. We’re also striving to keep new construction and remodel projects going for our residential customers,” he said.

Great Alaskan’s work can be found in Wal-Mart, the Kodiak Police Department, Afognak Native Corp building, the Kodiak Area Native Corporation/Koniag building and all over Alaska.

“We’ve done housing projects in Barrow, Cordova, Anaktuvuk Pass, Dutch Harbor, Juneau. “Those are fun. They are get-out-of-Kodiak projects,” said Wood.

He also has had his share of tragedy, losing a newborn daughter this spring.

“The most important thing is that it actually brought my family closer together, through prayer… It was a beautiful thing and it continues to bless our family,” Wood said.

Wood came to Kodiak as a troubled teen enrolling at St. Innocent’s Academy as a student, eventually becoming an unofficial staff member and running transitional housing there.

His faith and commitment to community remain central to all of his business plans.

“My Christian life is very important to me. The business helps fund missionary work,” said Wood, who says he uses all of his free time for church trips, including flying personnel and materials in his plane.

He also employs community members in need of fresh starts.

“That’s an important part of the mission — helping other young families to grow,” Wood said.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com

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