Since 1949, throughout upstate New York and western New England, U.W. Marx has earned and maintained an industry-wide reputation for commitment to service and quality as a building contractor. Company founder Ulrich Marx once said, “There is no secret (to success): you have to work hard, have some luck and have some common sense; and I think luck and common sense have more to do with success than anything else, provided you have the will and the push to do it. We worked 16 hours a day when we started.”
Marx, a native of Leipzig, Germany, left his homeland and family for England to escape Nazi persecution in 1936. His interest in woodworking grew when he got “sick and tired of farm life,” and found a job in an aircraft production woodworking shop in Australia.
During World War II and after, Marx became a skilled carpenter. He worked for several contractors in Australia until 1948, when he decided to come to the United States where his parents had immigrated. Marx first landed in San Francisco, where he was told there was no work. Traveling by train to Troy, NY, Marx reunited with his parents, where his father was a highly-regarded Professor of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ulrich would later honor his parents by funding the U.W. Marx Scholarship in Civil Engineering, bestowed annually to a deserving RPI student.
Although he had a partner in his first business venture, he eventually went out on his own. “I wanted to be successful,” Marx said, when explaining why he wanted to be in business for himself.