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Award-winning Kruse Builders remains true to its motto

Joe Moylan





From left, Dale, Matt and Jake Kruse, of Kruse Builders, pose inside their warehouse at 175 Clay Ave. Kruse Builders will be recognized as the Business of the Year at tonight's annual Cowboy Christmas, a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.
Joe Moylan

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"Kruse Builders' motto is 'make it happen.' I think that speaks volumes to who Dale and Matt and Jake are. They are people that come into the community and want to make a difference."

Dana Duran

Executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, on Kruse Builders winning the club's Business of the Year award

In 1992, while still practicing dentistry in Craig, Dale Kruse built his first home.

He retired from the dentistry field six years later to start Kruse Builders, a family-owned and operated home construction business that Kruse still operates with his two sons, Jake and Matt.

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"Working with my sons has been the most wonderful thing in my life," Kruse said. "They are awesome to be with and I get to work with my family, which few people get to do. It's been the dream of my life."

Kruse said the family has built more than 60 ranch-style starter homes in Craig, Meeker, Hayden and Steamboat Springs since 1998. The company prides itself on utilizing local merchants to assist with the homebuilding process.

For instance, Kruse said the company buys all of its supplies locally and hires Craig plumbers, electricians, drywall installers, roofers, carpenters and landscapers to put the final touches on each home it builds.

"The support we get from all of these people to do our homebuilding is really important to us," Kruse said. "By pulling a lot of local businesses together it creates a trickle down effect that we believe stimulates the local economy."

Tonight, Kruse Builders will be recognized as Business of the Year during the annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

"I think it's great to win an award for people recognizing you for how hard you have worked during the year and how you've contributed to the community," Kruse said.

Dana Duran, executive director of the club, said Kruse Builders was an obvious choice for the Business of the Year award because the family regularly contributes to the community.

"Kruse Builders' motto is 'make it happen,'" Duran said. "I think that speaks volumes to who Dale and Matt and Jake are. They are people that come into the community and want to make a difference."

Duran said all three of the Kruse men help out at the Boys & Girls Club with construction projects, holiday decorating or by simply moving things.

The company also contributes an annual monetary donation, as well as supplies, support and services for the Cowboy Christmas auction.

"I'm really thankful for Kruse Builders," Duran said. "They're willing to put themselves behind their word to say, 'We believe in the Boys & Girls Club.'"

Kristine Cooper, lab manger at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and her husband, Matt, an equipment operator at Colowyo Mine, are having their first home built by Kruse Builders on Moffat County Road 41 south of Hamilton.

"They've been really good to work with, flexible and they have had a lot of good input," Kristine said. "The whole process has been really smooth and seamless."

Kristine said the best part of the homebuilding process has been witnessing the family dynamic.

"Because it's a father and two sons, I have to say that it is pretty neat to watch the family work together," she said. "They all have their strong points, and I think it's a good collaboration."

Kristine said she and her husband were originally thinking about building a modular home.

"Kruse put together a reasonable package and we found that their price point was better than the modular," she said. "That allowed us to build a home we were able to totally customize ourselves."

Kristine said her father designed the home and that Kruse Builders is putting on the final touches in the next two weeks.

"They've been working hard to make sure we're satisfied with the product," Kristine said. "We're really excited to spend our first Christmas in our new home."

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Quotable

“Kruse Builders’ motto is ‘make it happen.’ I think that speaks volumes to who Dale and Matt and Jake are. They are people that come into the community and want to make a difference.”

Dana Duran

Executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, on Kruse Builders winning the club’s Business of the Year award

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