What’s in a business construction owner’s toolbox?
Tom Popa // Popa Construction // Odessa, Fla.
When he was younger, Thomas Popa thought construction business was all about the customer and their projects. And, while he understands that this is still a critical part of the job, he has found a higher purpose.
“It’s all about being able to provide work for a great group of employees and subcontractors,” says Popa, who runs Popa Construction in Odessa, Fla. “I know how important it is for them to provide for their families, and it’s a great feeling to be able to help.”
This sentiment has been a hallmark of the Popa bloodline, which includes various small business owners centered on the skilled labor workforce. “The trades are in our blood,” Popa says. “I have learned too many skills to list, and I’m always trying to learn more. But learning how to deal with people is the best asset to have.”
Popa honed his craft in the family business and through a non-family member, John Twardecki, who took him under his wing and imparted his wisdom. “It’s really simple,” he says. “Be on time, work hard, put forth a good effort, be prepared, go the extra mile and, finally, be coachable and have patience.”
For Tom Popa, these tools are essentials in a business construction owner’s toolbox:
RIDGID 22 in. Pro Tool Box Model# 222570
These tool boxes are fantastic. We have them on all our vehicles and trailers.
DEWALT FlexVolt 120-Volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Double Bevel 12” Sliding Miter Saw, Model# DHS790AT2
This is a terrific sliding miter saw. Insert the sound of a mic drop and “boom.”
MAKITA 14 amp 27 lbs. AVT SDS MAX Demolition Hammer, Model# HM1214CX
Give me something to break with this workhorse, and I’m ready.
BOSCH GLM50 CX Laser Measure, Model# GLM 50 CX
This is a great tool for taking quick and easy measurements, and to calculate square footage. My guys use them for doing base and crown as well. This tools should be in every business construction owner’s toolbox.
LEATHERMAN Skeletool Model# 832288
I carry the Leatherman Skeletool and use it daily.
MILWAUKEE Jobsite Straight Scissors Model# 48-22-4041
This is an outstanding tool to have when you need it for work or fishing.
FEIN Starlock FMM 350QSL MultiMaster Start, Model# 72295264090
This is the original multi tool. I can still remember the first time I saw a carpenter with one; I went out and bought myself one the same day.