Growth Report 2: C. Tucker Cope Looks to Build on 2022 Successes

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – C. Tucker Cope & Associates is starting 2023 with a backlog of more than 150,000 square feet of projects under construction.

The company is currently designing a variety of unique projects it will complete this year, including corporate facilities with a distinct appearance tailored to each company’s brand, says Tucker Cope, president, who was quoted in Metal Architecture magazine on best practices for customizing metal building systems.

The company, based in Columbiana, was founded in 1978 and has 36 employees. It celebrated a number of successes in 2022, including being the first contractor in Ohio to obtain the International Accreditation Service AC478 Certification for re-engineered metal building erectors, Cope says. The certification designates documented safety and training programs, management systems and job-site-specific assembly plans.

The company won American Building’s 2022 Excellence in Design Building of the Year award for the 95,765-square-foot Pitt Ohio facility in Parma, Ohio. The building was also featured in Properties magazine as a pioneer for building green.

Another 2022 highlight was the completion of the Midland Innovation and Technology Charter School in Midland, Pa., which sits on a 5-acre remediated brownfield that was the site of steel mills and a rail yard.

The company also completed a 25,000-square-foot metal fabricating plant in Salem, a 140,000-square-foot aluminum extrusion plant in Gwinn, Mich., a 46,800-square-foot warehouse addition in Austintown, a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Columbiana, a brewery and tasting room in Sewickley, Pa., and a church sanctuary addition in Pittsburgh.

In 2022, the company relocated to a new office with more exposure, updated technology and a better layout for client-customer interaction and overall efficiency, Cope says.

An investment was made in new equipment that has also improved efficiency – specifically, laser-grading technology that enables the company to complete a higher volume of work with less labor output, Cope says.

To give back to the community, the company made monetary, labor and material donations to local parks, funds and youth sports.

Cope says the company looks to keep its momentum going in 2023 by enlarging its relationships with new and repeat customers, investing in new technology and equipment and continuing to give back to the community.

Pictured at top: Midland Innovation and Technology Charter School takes shape in Midland, Pa.

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