Longtime Madrid ‘handyman’ retiring, business for sale
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 2:20 pm

MADRID--Bruce Gordon, owner of Handymen for Hire, Inc., 1941 State Rt. 345, has decided it’s time to retire, and would like to sell his business.

Handymen for Hire, a familiar name in North Country construction, has served hundreds of homeowners over the last 20 years on interior and exterior renovation projects, and has done storefront renewal projects on Main Street in Canton and Market Street in Potsdam.

Gordon’s hope is that a new owner will continue his business’s service to area residents.

When he moved to Madrid 35 years ago, Gordon started The Board Whacker’s Shop, custom cabinetry and woodworking. From that grew clients’ requests for home renovations and remodeling as well as fix-and-repair work. Word-of-mouth advertising helped the business expand to such an extent that many more employees were required and Handymen for Hire, Inc. was created in the early ’90s.

Since then, the business has grown to include work for individual homeowners and on federal housing renewal projects.

“I have a tremendously loyal and dedicated group of employees who have helped the business become so successful,” Gordon said.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work for hundreds of people throughout the North Country. The business connections I have made with my suppliers and the various housing programs around the county have been invaluable. It will be hard to leave them all, but it’s time.”

Gordon and his wife are hoping to sell their business and their home in Madrid.

“Our children are grown and have moved away. My wife has been retired from teaching for four years. It’s time to move on to the next phase of our lives,” Gordon said. “We’d like to travel and to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.

“I’m hoping an interested buyer will come forward soon and keep Handymen for Hire rolling. It’s my time to step aside.”