Founded in 1916 by Nathan Mestel, CDS Mestel Construction Corp. is celebrating over 100 years in the business with our 3rd and 4th generations of the Mestel family continuing to build their reputation as a high-quality commercial contractor.
Over the Years
Nathan Mestel and partner Joseph Berman came to the United States of America with aspirations of living the American Dream. Together in 1916 they formed Mestel Bros Co. where they specialized in the storefronts as well as fabricating custom millwork display fixtures for stores.
Nathan Mestel and partner Joseph Berman came to the United States of America with aspirations of living the American Dream. Together in 1916 they formed Mestel Bros Co. where they specialized in storefronts as well as fabricating custom millwork display fixtures for stores.
Aside from being very successful business entrepreneurs, Nathan and Joseph were also known to be pioneers of the millwork industry. Both having a background in carpentry, they were always working with their team in the shop trying to come up with ways in keeping their millwork fixtures cutting-edge. On May 28th, 1929 both Nathan Mestel and Joseph Berman received a patent for their bracket for display fixtures – This invention relates to improvements in display fixture apparatus and has particular reference to a bracket and mounting, therefore. In short, they were the first to invent the coat closet rod, which accommodates clothing on cloth hangers.
Mestel Bros. Co and Mestel Store Contracting Corp. decided to combine both the millwork and General Contracting arms, creating CDS Mestel Construction Corp. During this time, they continued to grow quickly, building for blue chip organizations from the east to west coasts. They went from a smaller warehouse, to a 17,500 square foot industrial building down the street on Forrest Street in Brooklyn NY. A bigger building allowed them to expand their custom millwork fabrication shop for all the stores they were working on nationwide.
Irving Zimmerman was the first partner who got involved after marrying Nathan’s first daughter. Sid Rothberg was the second partner who joined the team after serving in WWII, who married Nathan Mestel’s second daughter. He worked closely with Nathan in the office, assisting with estimates while also receiving hands-on experience with the carpenters in the shop, where he learned the essentials of the millwork aspect of the company. Together Sid and Irving continued to expand the company’s services throughout the tri-sate area.
Leonard Hoffman joined the team at this time after marrying Nathan’s third daughter Gloria. Lenny got CDS Mestel involved with aviation work, making us one of the first contractors to build retail throughout airport terminals.
1984 - 2004
Ned Rothberg became part of the team after expressing interests in taking over the family business. He quickly rose up from the ranks, working as a laborer in the field to a purchasing agent. He later took on project managing and by the early 90s he became business development, as a result of the relationships he built with those he had worked with on the jobs he oversaw. By 2000, Ned made a business decision to relocate the headquarters from Brooklyn to Garden City Park Long Island where we continue to operate.
Ned Rothberg became the majority shareholder of CDS Mestel. As President, he continued building new relationships.
As fourth-generation, Justin Rothberg joined the CDS Mestel team after graduating from college in 2016. Starting off as an assistant project manager, Justin too quickly grasped the concept and made his way into project managing. Together Ned and Justin are continuing to build dreams, expanding CDS Mestel’s footprint by entering into new market sectors while continuing to provide excellent customer service to all of their current clients.
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CDS Mestel Construction Corp.
2120 Jericho Turnpike
Garden City Park, NY 11040