Third generation Boston carpenter Kevin Craffey founded his first company, K&J Interiors, Inc., in 1988. From its base in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the company provides finish carpentry, framing, and drywall throughout New England. Within five years, the journeyman carpenter had orchestrated project completion totaling nearly $80 million, and he has employed as many as 350 at the firm over the years. Kevin Craffey’s early success with K&J led him to become a full-service general contractor. In 1995, he established Craffey & Co. Builders Inc. in Plymouth, which has long since become a national business focusing on the retail industry.
Craffey & Co. specializes on large projects such as the renovation of big-box stores and additions to shopping malls. With as many as 150 employees at any given time, the general contracting firm has fulfilled projects in more than 45 states. Kevin Craffey also acquired and completely renovated the Mountain View Grand Hotel in New Hampshire, a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places of the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service. For this project, the skilled craftsman oversaw a restoration that included a clubhouse, tennis course, a spa, and other amenities.
In another business venture, Kevin Craffey founded KJ Realty Trust Corporation/Court Street Trust Corporation in 1990. This entity develops residential, retail, and office properties in Plymouth, Avon, and Hanover, Massachusetts, including Plymouth’s historic Buttner Building. Craffey began his career as an apprentice at Cape Cod Lathing and Plastering, Inc., in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1976, quickly working his way up to foreman. He also served as a superintendent and carpenter steward at Quinn Construction in Brockton, Massachusetts, before striking out on his own as proprietor and president of K&J Interiors. He trained at the Massachusetts Carpenters Training Center and The Associated General Contractors of America and studied business administration at Massasoit Community College.