Josh Lively, President and Founder of Lively Builders in Turners Falls
Tell us about your business
Lively Builders is a family owned and operated general contracting company serving residential and commercial customers throughout Franklin County and Western Massachusetts. We are committed to providing our customers with high quality finished products, excellent customer service and fair prices. From simple repairs, to roof replacements, to complete home renovations, Lively Builders does it all.
What do you love about your job and what motivates you at work?
I love meeting new people throughout the county and community, making connections and helping solve their building related problems really fires me up. What motivates me at work is the satisfaction I derive from repairing and renovating aging, sometimes blighted and dangerous structures. In addition to helping our customers, I also take pride in knowing we are helping to maintain and beautify our local community.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people might not know?
One interesting fact about Lively Builders is that in 2012 we started out as an above ground swimming pool installation company out of (an ancient and modestly sized) cinder block garage which was located behind our little apartment building on K Street in Turners Falls. While we no longer offer swimming pool install services. The garage was torn down in 2018, when we bought our new 2,400 square foot shop in Montague. We like to remind ourselves of our humble beginnings, and also note that some of the biggest and best companies in the country have a similar origin story.
When you’re not working, where in Franklin County do you like to spend your time?
When I'm not at work you can find me at the YMCA at 5 am Monday through Friday catching a pump and breaking a sweat. Having brunch on Sundays at Hope and Olive with my family, or taking off in my airplane from the Turners Falls Airport and touring the county from three thousand feet above (which is an even better view than the one from Poet's Seat, if you ask me).
Why do you value our Franklin County community and your Franklin County chamber membership?
It is difficult to be short winded when it comes to answering why I value the Franklin County community, as there is so much in our little valley county to be grateful for. I would say the biggest thing for me would be the support I receive from my friends and colleagues within the community. The amount of help I can receive by picking up the phone and calling a buddy or even an industry competitor is both inspiring and humbling. People in this community really care for each other on a personal one on one basis, and I think that fact can easily get lost in the fast pace of our busy modern world. If you slow down and look closely you will see small miracles of kindness and generosity happening everyday all over our little county.
I value the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and my company's membership, in part because of the wonderful job the chamber does in promoting the county and our local businesses, and because of its collaboration with the United Way and other non profit organizations which together help support and rebuild the community through programs and fund drives for worthy organizations.
Lively Builders is honored to have been asked to have the spotlight this month. We feel so fortunate to be able to serve the residents and businesses of Franklin County. Being a general contractor in our area isn't all sunshine and rainbows, we are solving real problems which can be dirty, dangerous, and complex. These are jobs that, let's face it, most folks don't want to do. Being the "new kid on the block" in this industry is a tough gig because there are many high quality and long established firms whom I compete with daily. While it is true that it is becoming harder and harder to get home projects scheduled, the folks of Franklin County have several great options for their building contractor needs, we are proud to be among that group.