Niche business offers solution for struggling subcontractors
By Sam Boykin CHARLOTTE — There’s a famous quote that says “necessity breeds ingenuity.” It’s a saying that’s become all too applicable recently as people have had to hustle and scramble during the economic downturn. Ben Stevens and Dean Kilbourne both found themselves in need of a little ingenuity after they were laid off from Centex Homes in early 2008. But with years of experience in land development, they both recognized a promising niche in the construction industry and went after it with Carolina Sub-Solutions. While the company is licensed as a general contractor — a legal requirement for any company that manages construction jobs over $30,000 — its main focus is that of liaison.