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Building his own way: Veteran-owned general contracting company brings wealth of experience to valley

  • Tom Devine, Brian Meunier and Shane Parker of P&B New England Services. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Tom Devine, Brian Meunier and Shane Parker of P&B New England Services work on a renovation project in Shutesbury. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 24, 2016

LEYDEN — When he got home from Afghanistan in 2011, Greenfield-native Shane Parker didn’t want to go back to work for someone else, so he decided to start his own company.

Five years later, his general contracting business, P&B New England Services, is up and running. The veteran-owned, fully licensed and insured company specializes in custom homes and remodeling as well as roofing, siding, concrete and masonry.

“I basically wanted to build for myself,” Parker said. “I spent two years working for a contractor in the area, and prior to that I did five years for another guy up north and realized this is something I wanted to do by myself.”

After a couple years of testing the waters, Parker, who lives in Leyden, said P&B New England was officially established in July. He has three employees working under him — all friends who he’s worked with in the past — who bring years of experience to the company.

“I’ve been tweaking this thing since 2013, trying to get it right, and now we’re a legal, licensed corporation,” he said.

Parker said they’ve stayed busy through the winter, working as far north as Mount Snow and as south as Springfield.

“I like high-quality work and I know we can provide that because of the experience I’ve surrounded myself with,” he said.

One of his company’s latest projects — and the one Parker says he’s most proud of — was a completely custom-built kitchen in a house on Lake Wyola, which took about 2½ months to complete.

“We have the capabilities to draw and design (everything), just short of structural engineering,” he said. “Craftsmanship and quality, those are the two things we push.”

Parker graduated from the Franklin County Regional Technical High School in 2004, where he studied plumbing, and started working as a builder directly after graduation. He then joined the Army at 21 and spent seven years in the military, doing a tour of duty in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

Parker said another benefit of running his own business is the flexible hours, which he said is helpful for taking care of his 4- and 6-year-old boys.

“I like working with the group of guys I’m working with every day,” he said. “I like the opportunity to meet new people and show off our talents throughout the valley.”

For more information about P&B New England Services, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PBNewEnglandServices or contact Parker at 772-9109 or: servingnewengland@gmail.com

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