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FALL 2014

Keeping It Local
Jordahl Construction Calls Avalon Home


Jim and Aisha of Jordahl Constrction
Jim and Aisha Hoffman, owners of Jordahl Construction, Inc.

Jordahl Construction, Inc. (JCI), is headquartered just 23 miles from Long Beach on Santa Catalina Island and still within Long Beach Unified School District boundaries.

Catalina Island is 76 square miles, and the only city there, Avalon, has been the home of Jordahl Construction since 1985 when Gloria and Tom Jordahl started a construction and demolition business.

In 2001, Jim Hoffman took over the business from his mother and stepfather. Jim and his wife, Aisha, expanded the business beyond the confines of the island by “putting customers first.”

JCI has completed a number of Measure K projects on the mainland, such as soil work at Jordan High School in preparation for a major renovation of the campus.

The firm has also done extensive work at Avalon School, the K-12 campus that serves 630 students on Catalina Island.

Nearly all the firm’s 18 employees (including their two grown daughters) live in Avalon and each weekday morning, everyone starts the work day with a home-cooked breakfast at the office before heading out to job sites.

 “Avalon has been a great place for our family and for our business. And Long Beach Unified School District has been a great community partner,” said Jim.

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