Jacksonville's home builders were hard hit during the recession, but Kevin Hogencamp, a contributing writer at Jacksonville's The Daily Record, says a number of local builders survived.

Dostie Homes is among Northeast Florida’s multi-generational family contractors to survive harsh economic downturns and fierce competition from national builders. And each other.

Other Jacksonville home builders with a strong family lineage include North Florida Builders’ Howard White and his son, Jason; ICI Homes’ Don Wilford and his sons, Matt and Michael; and Tom Trout General Contractors’ Tom Trout Jr. and his son, Tom Trout III.

The recession challenged these builders.

“This last (recession) nearly killed us. They turned off the faucet,” Don [Wilford] said. “It was gut-wrenching … but our owner (Mori Hosseini) was convinced all along that we were going to make it.”

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