The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

SIT­TING AT HIS DESK in his for­mer of­fice, An­drew Zorko re­al­ized he didn’t see him­self in his cur­rent po­si­tion for the next decade.

So he de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Along­side co-worker Damien Lothrin­gen, the 32-year-old launched CND En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited in Septem­ber 2016 where they could do things their own way.

“We saw an op­por­tu­nity that we could make not just a bet­ter liv­ing, but we could do the en­gi­neer­ing the way we think it should be done and run the com­pany the way we want to with­out so many peo­ple telling us what to do, how to do it and when to do it,” Zorko said.

It doesn’t mean the de­ci­sion was easy — start­ing your own busi­ness never is, the Hamil­to­nian said.

“Some­times you have to take that risk,” he added.

So far, while their of­fice is based out of CoMo­tion on King in Hamil­ton, the com­pany has taken on projects in Cayuga, Bramp­ton and Mis­sis­sauga.

They’ve worked on ev­ery­thing from com­mer­cial build­ings to home ren­o­va­tions, Zorko said.

Us­ing so­cial me­dia tools like In­sta­gram, Zorko said they’ve been able to reach a younger de­mo­graphic — those in their 20s and 30s who might be buy­ing houses for the first time.

“A lot of peo­ple in­stead of mov­ing are ren­o­vat­ing,” Zorko said.

Zorko and Lothrin­gen have been work­ing to build the struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing firm up, with fu­ture plans to grow the busi­ness and take on dif­fer­ent types of en­gi­neer­ing projects.

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