Peter started Mergen Company in January of 1973, when a remodeler he was working for went bankrupt, leaving the job he was working on unfinished. The client asked if he could finish the job, which he did. He was referred to a relative who needed an upper level of their house refinished. His business took off from there.
Peter learned to work with his hands and to fix and make things from his dad, an engineer and do-it-yourselfer. His parents also taught him the importance of hard work, honesty and doing your best. He learned his carpentry skills from his first remodeling employer, who, besides being a good teacher, also exposed him to lots of excellent subcontractors.
Early in his career it was very satisfying to create and build with his own hands. Now he creates and builds with a team of great people – both employees and subcontractors – who are highly capable in their skill areas and are committed to giving his clients the best possible remodeling experience.
Peter lives in Bryn Athyn, with his wife of 43 years, Renee, an excellent ER nurse at Holy Redeemer Hospital, where they raised 5 children – all grown. They also have 8 wonderful grandchildren.
He enjoys reading about and discussing political philosophy, education and parenting, and especially enjoys Social Ballroom Dancing with his wife.