How We Started
J. Wade Tucker lll moved from Atlanta to Sarasota in 1976 to begin a career with the long-established Demarest Company. From Atlanta Metal Erectors, Inc. an INRYCO Dealer (Inland Steel Corporation), Wade a registered licensed Certified General Contractor specialized in metal wall panel products and installation. In 1980 became President of Demarest and was also instrumental in contracting with Darren and Armstrong Corporation the icon project Environmental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, EPCOT which was complete and open to the public in 1982.
Today we are dealers for multi-wall panel manufacturers and are equipped to manufacture in-house the manufacturers flashing and trim along with many ACM composite panel profiles. Our customers never have to wait for long lead-time items or for damaged-by-others replacement panels or trim. In its thirty-two years FIVE-T-CO has evolved as the Florida Premier Metal Wall Panel Contractor in the State.
Wade Tucker, retired in 2018, but still servers as the company’s CEO. Helen Tucker, our office and accounting manager keeps FIVE-T-CO current with our CPA and has been doing so since our inception plus raising of our three sons. Parke Tucker President, a registered licensed Certified General Contractor, CGC, joined FIVE-T-CO in 1993 to train and expand the construction side of the company. It was his expertise that allowed FIVE-T-CO to become the General Contractor’s Premier Self-Preforming Metal, ACM Composite, and Trespa Phenolic Wall Panel System Contractor. Parke has introduced in-house factory training for all our field installing mechanics from every manufacturer whose products we represent witch includes our crew mechanics, crew foreman, crew superintendents, and project managers.
Jud Tucker, a retired Marine Sergeant Scout Sniper, is our Vice President who joined us in 1998. As our current chief estimator and proposal manager, Jud is also our Safety Officer and an Instructor for our in-house and in-the-field training of our crews on all our furnish and install products. We install per the factory specifications to the letter and emphasize no shortcuts. Joe Tucker, the fifth Tucker is our Creative Director who manages the company brand, marketing and website.