Business Profile February 4, 2001

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Name of the company: Criterion General Inc.

Established: 1992

Location: 816 Whitney Road, Anchorage

Telephone: 907-277-3200

Web site:

Major focus of services: Criterion General Inc. provides general contracting services -- new construction or remodeling -- for commercial buildings.

profile.jpg History of the company: Dan Austin founded the company in the early 1990s and eventually added an office in Montana. In 1995 Austin’s friend, Scott Johannes, left a painting company he had owned since 1983 to become a partner at Criterion General.

By 1996 company officials decided to close the Montana office, and Austin left Criterion General to stay in Montana while Johannes became the sole owner. Today, Criterion General is owned by Johannes and Dave Paule.

The company employs 30 to 50 people. This winter Criterion General expects to employ its peak number of workers to handle projects.

Major projects: Criterion General has completed several projects across Alaska, including its largest project to date, the $7 million school in Kasigluk. In Anchorage the contractor has built the Land Rover dealership, the Salvation Army’s Serendipity Living Center and a 30,000-square-foot trucking facility for Carlile Enterprises Inc.

Top accomplishment of the company: Criterion General President Scott Johannes is most proud of the firm’s ability to establish a good reputation with clients leading to repeat business or referrals. The contractor handles remodeling work for Phillips Alaska Inc.’s Anchorage office and builds branches for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

Major player: Scott Johannes, president, Criterion General Inc.

Johannes moved to Alaska in 1965 with his family. He later attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., for a year before moving back to Alaska later starting the painting company.

"What makes our company is the group of people we’ve maintained. It’s the people who make it happen to get you where you’re at. ... Our whole philosophy is when you go into a project with the team of owners, architects and subcontractors, identify what you want to accomplish and work to get there. We enjoy what we do."

-- Nancy Pounds

02/03/2001 - 8:00pm