Dubbing itself as the aerospace capital of the United States, Palmdale is an economic powerhouse waiting to take flight. What was once a humble bedroom community has awakened into a hub for leading aircraft and spacecraft developers. While the industry’s success is undeniable, local officials have made it a point to revolutionize the town’s business scene.
Local businesses are granted a special tax break thanks to the Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone and the Palmdale Federal Foreign Trade Zone. These advantages, combined with the area’s affordable land, have caused the city to become a magnet for businesses across the United States.
This influx of economic activity has reinvigorated the commercial contractor scene around the area. Listed below are five of the best firms that have helped some of the most pivotal office spaces and stores around Palmdale. These companies were selected for their accolades, services, and reputation.
AMG & Associates
26535 Summit Circle, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Despite being one of the youngest firms on the list, AMG & Associates has quickly become a trailblazer in commercial construction. The firm was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and The San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In 2019 it was ranked 61 on Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 contractors despite just opening in 2005.
AMG & Associates offers construction services to both the private and public markets across the 48 continental states of the US. The crew’s partnership with the government sector has given it a deep understanding of permit processing and construction laws. The company also ensures that one of the principals is on-site to oversee the project firsthand.
President Albert Giacomazzi has managed over $800 million in public and private projects for more than four decades. He has been involved in creating facilities for the US military and US postal office. Vice President Anthony Traverso oversees the company both on the field and in the office. Anthony has worked on over $400 million worth of construction projects, specializing particularly in educational, scientific, and institutional properties.
Gary Little Construction
42330 N 10th Street, West Lancaster, CA 93534
Gary Little Construction (GLC) believes that to do a job right, you have to do it yourself. This self-performing contractor offers a wide range of services in-house beyond its general contractor, design-build, and construction management services. The team also does its own concrete work, metal stud framing, and drywall. The crew’s hands-on approach allows for each process to seamlessly flow with each other, and does so at a fraction of the cost. While the firm offers services for any commercial and industrial property, it is especially skilled when it comes to theme parks.
GLC’s impeccable service has been enlisted by Six Flags Magic Mountain, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Golden Queen. Aside from being impressive, the firm has been recognized by the USGBC for its sustainable building practices. The company’s success is thanks to the leadership of Gary and Debbie Little, who founded the firm in 1989. Gary leads the company’s projects with nearly five decades of experience in construction and carpentry. Debbie handles office management and finances thanks to her background in banking.
AV Heritage Builders
4652 Sweetser Road, Rosamond, CA 93560
Building property is building your legacy — this is the mantra that AV Heritage Builders has taken to heart since 2007. The company’s commercial and residential builds have left a mark in Antelope Valley and Southern California. Founder John Bell pursued his dream of becoming a welder which would later lead him to create two construction companies. Today, the two firms have merged into one and are now led by Matt Bell along with the family members of the founding fathers.
While the team offers a wide range of services they are particularly skilled at general contractor work. Bell Steel—the firm that merged with AV Heritage Builders—specializes in ornamental and structural steel. As such, the crew is known for its custom metal fabrications and steel buildings. The contractor also has its in-house earthwork service which allows for a smooth transition from pre-construction to the construction process for ground-up builds. Custom engineering has also become a signature service for the firm, ensuring that every technical detail of the building is tailor-fit for its client.
1747 East Ave. Q Suite E-7, Palmdale, CA 33550
A go-to for many businesses around California, Brodie’s Construction has been creating impressive commercial properties since 1991. The crew serves San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Bill Main currently leads the group’s various projects.
The team primarily serves the retail and medical markets thanks to its extensive knowledge of both industries. With over 500 completed commercial tenant improvements, the firm has mastered the art of construction. For those in need of a stand-alone facility, the company also provides ground-up projects.
Following its success in building medical tenant improvements, Brodie’s Construction is currently focused on such projects. Featured here is the Westside Dermatology project the company has worked on.