TWO Cooma building companies have taken out regional honours at the Master Builders Association (MBA) awards night. Bylund Building and Jim Phillips Building cemented their place amongst the top builders in NSW at the recent MBA 2014 South East Regions Building Awards.
Steve Bylund was presented with the 'Best Commercial Fitout/Refurbishment' award for Bylund's work at Yallambee Lodge for extensions to their kitchen, recreation and dining areas. Mr Bylund who has been a builder for 48 years says the awards night is a fitting way to recognise the longevity and efforts of local builders.
"We tried to enter something a little bit different this year," Mr Bylund said.
"Bylund has been going since 1977, it's really satisfying when you're a builder to see the finished product after you've put a lot of hard work in."
In 2009 Steve was crowned as the South East Region's best builder.
Jim Phillips and his son Mitch claimed multiple awards at the MBA presentation night held in Ulladulla. They beat entries from the Monaro, South Coast and Far South Coast when they were awarded the 2014 Best Contract Home, Best use of Timber and Best use of Stone awards.
The father son duo were delighted to win several categories against a hotly contested field of entrants.
"We're only pretty small but won awards in the bigger categories against larger companies," Mitch said.
Jim has been a builder for over 40 years and has always been passionate about his chosen career.
"Creating something from nothing is very satisfying," Jim said.
"I started when I was in my teens and have no plans to retire anytime soon."
His son Mitch followed Jim into the business and enjoys working alongside his Dad.
"I had that passion for working outdoors and it's nice to be working in the industry with Dad," Mitch said.
250 people attended the MBA Awards where the two Cooma companies proudly collected their awards.
"Lots of hard work went into putting the entries together so it is a nice reward," Steve said.
"We've made some great friends through the MBA over the years."
The two companies were not the only local entries at the awards, with Robert Salvestro a finalist on the night.