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John Doyle takes great pride in his company’s work. Doyle and his team help to build the community one brick or steel beam at a time. Perry Construction Group has had a hand in many of Erie’s most beautiful landmarks, including the Bicentennial Tower, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and the Perry Monument. “We re-rigged and ­installed the cannons for the model of the Brig Niagara which used to sit at the foot of State Street,” Doyle says.

Doyle lists the Cathedral Prep Events Center, Penn State Behrend’s Metzgar Admissions and Alumni Center and the Wal-Mart Supercenter on West Ridge Road in Millcreek as recently completed projects. However, their work is not limited to the Erie area; Perry Construction, specializing in commercial, industrial, institutional, office and special construction projects, has also built over 50 Home Depot stores up-and-down the east coast of the United States.

“The jobs we select are difficult,” he says. “Not everyone can do the work we do. But we are committed to taking the tough projects because that’s what our customers want.”

Doyle grew up in the construction business, as his father was a building contractor. “A lot of young people don’t know what they want to do, but I was exposed to and interested in the construction business from an early age,” he says. After serving in the armed forces, Doyle earned his degree from Penn State in civil engineering. Now, his son, Rob, manages the day-to-day operations of the business.

Perry Construction has also done extensive work on Erie’s Bayfront, specifically 100 State Street, Smith’s Bait & Marina, the Erie Water Authority administration building, the Burger King Amphitheater at Liberty Park, the Erie Intermodal Transportation Center, Lund Boat Works and the boardwalk and observation decks at the foot of State Street. “We didn't name the company after Oliver Hazard Perry for nothing,” Doyle says. “We take great pride in ­living and working in Erie.”

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