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Butler Brothers Odd Jobs: Award-winning Contractor

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

A Bastrop business whose wide range of services includes solar-energy support seems to be doing things quite right. Butler Brothers Odd Jobs won first place for Best Contractor for 2018 and 2019 in the Bastrop Advertiser’s annual Best of Bastrop County readers’ poll. Owned by Alan Butler, Butler Brothers Odd Jobs has been doing impressive business since opening in 2014. The Iowan transplant, who grew up in the construction business, is assisted by his mother Chris Butler, who is director of operations, and his younger brother Robert, who gives creative input. The company, with a crew of four additional workers, does everything from windows and doors and pressure washing to solar energy sales/installation and property inspections. “The majority of our work is residential,” Alan said, though they also handle a good amount of businesses.Butler Brothers Odd Jobs won first place in 2018 and 2019 for Best of Bastrop County “Contractor.” (Butler Brothers photo)

Their strong connection with area contractors allows Butler Brothers to quickly refer a home or business to a third party if Butler Brothers can’t get the job done themselves, Alan said. He added his customers are appreciative of that service since it saves them not having to contact multiple contractors themselves. “Customers don’t have to call around” looking for a solution, Alan said. “I connect them with the right source, if we can’t do it.” But Butler Brothers is usually able to get the job done because his crew has “a diverse skill set” – check out the impressive job photos on their website – that allows them to tackle multiple tasks for homes and businesses, Alan said. And there’s never pressure on a potential customer to sign on the dotted line. “I’m not there to sell them something,” Alan said. “If we make a sale in the process (of speaking with customers), that’s great.” Chris Butler quickly added, “He’s honest. His phone does not stop ringing.”

A Thriving BusinessAlan Butler, owner of Bastrop’s Butler Brother Odd Jobs (Terry Hagerty Photo)

Business has been excellent for Butler Brothers. Since the company opened, they have nearly quadrupled their annual gross receipts, Alan said. He was running the business part-time while also working for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and other assignments, when things took off. “It grew to a point where I had to hire people to do the (home repair work) while I was at my other work,” Alan said.

Alan had earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque in environmental science, which led to working in several interesting locales across the U.S., including Alaska. He did fisheries and biology work for 12 years including with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries during the devastating BP (British Petroleum) Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. All that diverse work has come to good fruition with his Bastrop business. “Every day, there’s always an adventure. It’s exciting,” Alan said.

For more information, see www.butlerbrothersoddjobs.com, or call them at 563-663-7373. They are located at 123 Longhorn Street, off of Hwy. 95 North.