Hudson Awning & Sign Celebrates 135th Birthday —The Who’s Who Magazine Covers Landmark Event

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The Blue Book Building & Construction Network wishes a happy 135th birthday to Hudson Awning & Sign in the inaugural North Jersey edition of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction. The magazine will be released at a Meadowlands Showcase this week.

Hudson Awning & Sign first made sails in 1881 and now produces awnings, canopies, and shading systems for commercial, retail, entertainment, and residential markets on the East Coast. Husband-and-wife team Ed and Lynda Burak are the proud President and Vice President of the company, which Ed took over from his father.

The company hit a few rough patches when Burak first acquired it. He was also working full time managing a construction company and he and Lynda had five children. But they began to reshape the company using a construction model and diversified from being almost exclusively residential to taking commercial jobs. The Buraks also understood that growth requires working with the right people and expanded the company from a staff of three employees to one which included a sales team, designers, welders, engineers, and installers. One of the key components of success is being able to find the right people, which is now made even easier with a Who’s Who in Building & Construction. The buyers’ guide that comes with each regional magazine includes an exclusive list of for anyone looking to buy or hire, indexed by trade and by company name, allowing anyone to find who or what they’re looking for—fast.

Hudson Awning & Sign also conducts educational programs for architects and other licensed industry professions. According to the Buraks: “We go into architectural firms and do lunch-and-learn sessions, where we talk about awnings and how these products can work for their clients. The Blue Book Network has been instrumental in scheduling some of these seminars for us, which is really great.” The Who’s Who magazine has further information about Lunch & Learn sessions and The Architect Keystone Alliance, for anyone looking to find out more. Also included are pieces from industry experts on bidding, estimating, and marketing.

The Buraks emphasize the importance of educational credits and professional certifications, as well as belonging to professional organizations, like Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the Professional Awnings Manufacturers Association (PAMA), Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Learning opportunities and face-to-face interactions are crucial aspects of success in this industry, which is why The Blue Book Network hosts regional Who’s Who Showcases. These events have educational seminars, networking opportunities, and chances to build brand recognition by advertising as a sponsor.

Meadowlands’ Who's Who In Building & Construction Showcase took place on May 11th at Hilton Meadowlands. For more information about the Showcases, please visit

For more information on the Who’s Who magazine, please contact Mike Tartaglia, Managing Editor, at 800.431.2584 ext. 3391 or mtartaglia(at)

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