“Don’t sacrifice quality for price”, says owner, Bob Karouz. “ASC is a ‘no nonsense’ company that can be trusted.
When Robert “Bob” Karouz moved from Rhode Island to Pinellas County in 1980, he found a job in the building business, an industry in which he had excelled in Rhode Island. Within a year, Bob received his contractor’s license and started in the aluminum business on his own in 1981.
With limited means, Bob developed his business with the assistance of one working crew. His wife, Mary, served as secretary, and Bob wore many hats including owner, salesperson and operating officer.
Bob saw a huge market in the mobile home industry where aluminum is a major ingredient to mobile structures. he rapidly developed a niche in the mobile home parks where he built carports, roofovers, screen enclosures and sunrooms, etc.
When tragedy struck Tampa Bay in 1983 with one of the worst hailstorms in history, Bob Karouz and his company rapidly became a household word throughout the mobile home parks. A man who believes in helping people, Bob not only repaired hundreds of roofs and screens, but also had a calming presence for his frightened, mostly elderly customers.
Business developed well through the 1980’s, allowing the company to add more crews, a foreman, and a sales force. In addition, technological developments offered the aluminum industry better materials. Then, another natural disaster, (this time a tornado) tore through Tampa Bay in the early 1990’s, devastating mobile home communities. ASC, working with insurance adjusters, came to the rescue, helping to clean up the battered community and rebuilding many homes in Pinellas Park and throughout the Bay.
Most of ASC’s business comes from mobile home remodeling and service. The business has expanded beyond carports, roofovers, and screen enclosures, to also providing vinyl siding, replacement windows, and room additions. The company has also expanded to commercial projects and remodeling residential homes.
Although the aluminum business is extremely competitive, ASC rises to the top becuase of its name. Some take advantage of the elderly within mobile home communities. ASC is known as a fair, friendly, hard working organization that gets the job done with quality work and respectful attitudes.
ASC attributes much of its reputation to their team of employees. Bob and Mary Karouz appreciate the wonderful work of their crews. The feeling is mutual as attested by the men’s longevity with the organization. Ed Trouville, company V/P, does fantastic work. Ed makes sure the crews get to their jobs and receive the right materials. With Ed overseeing the jobs, we know our clients are recieving high quality and great service. Our sales people and office help are of the best quality as we have received many compliments from our customers, and they have expressed their appreciation for a professional and no-high-pressure approach.
Besides continuing work in the mobile home arena, ASC is developing a niche in the renovation of older homes; from supplying vinyl siding to replacing windows, soffit and fascia, room additions and also all types of hurricane protection, including accordion shutters, rolldown shutters, storm panels and impact glass windows and doors, which can be seen in our showroom at 7420 Park Blvd.
In the future, ASC will continue to do high quality work with high quality products and treat our customers in a respectful and fair manner as we would want to be treated.