Less than 30% of family companies survive to second generation. And just 10% make it to a third. For that matter, few companies of any time family or not survive more than 25 years.
- Family Business Winter 2003-
As a second generation business, with close to 40 years of service Cobalt Construction Company is proud of the ideals that were inspired by the company’s founder and first generation owner, George Richard Bliss. These simple ideals – honesty, professionalism, dependability – have been woven throughout the company for close to half of a century, and are what sustains it today.
George Richard Bliss established his roots in Milpitas, California and began offering General Construction Services for new buildings, renovations, and alterations, under G.R. Bliss and Sons.
George’s two Sons – Rod Clark and Steven Richard, joined their father in the business, and together, led the company’s business management, estimating and field efforts. It was during this time that Cobalt Construction Company was founded, by Mr. Rod Bliss to focus its efforts on the commercial and industrial markets.
The company’s namesake Cobalt Construction comes from the steel component of Cobalt, which the company chose as an identification of its direction in the metal panel housing industry.
In 1987 Cobalt Construction Company was awarded a two-year joint development project with Zachary Construction, San Antonio, Texas to manufacture 285 single family residential units for Naval Junior enlisted men at the US Navy Subic Bay Housing Project. The project consisted of the manufacturing of all framing material to military specification standards in a fabrication environment, with strict adherence to on-time production schedules, inspection, frame, truss roof and stair tower assembly. The finished products were extensively labeled for parts identification in final assembly. Cobalt facilitated the load plans and final transfer into outgoing sea containers. The finished products were then transported to their final destination, Subic Bay Philippines.
Cobalt Construction Company continues today to serve its clients in the areas of corporate owned communities, privately held residential properties, manufacturing, restaurant, retail tenant improvement. We credit many of Northern California’s top commercial and industrial companies as our clients.
George’s honorable work ethic was a legacy that was not to be forgotten, but embraced. These very principles are maintained by Cobalt Construction Company and remain rock-solid as the company continues to provide General Construction for its customers.