About Us

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Joe Axtell has been in the construction business for over 20 years. He holds licenses and certifications for

  • Certified Tier 2 Small Business through the Pennsylvania Department of General Services
  • Licensed Home Improvement Contractor through the Pennsylvania Attorney General (License Number PA028679)
  • EPA Lead Based Paint Certified Renovator
  • Pennsylvania Licensed Asbestos Contractor

He founded Axtell Construction with his wife Esther in 2004. Since that time, Axtell has grown quickly and become Northeast Pennsylvania’s prime construction company.

Joe began working in the construction industry as a teenager in Montana and Washington, working for his brother. Joe attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and has been a NEPA resident ever since. Before founding Axtell Construction, Joe worked as a foreman for a local custom home builder.

Esther Axtell is a lifelong NEPA resident. A former nurse, Esther now focuses on taking care of Axtell’s residential and commercial customers. Joe and Esther work as a team with their customers to create the ultimate results for every single project, large and small.

scranton-chamber-logoAxtell Construction is a proud member of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Recent Jobs

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Montrose Area School District could not have been more pleased with the work of Axtell Construction. As the General Contractor, they not only served as the primary builder, but also coordinated with subsidiary contractors including the electrical, mechanical, heating and plumbing. Joe and Esther did a remarkable job of coordinating all of those efforts and it resulted in a building that is both functional and beautiful. Obviously, we are thrilled with their work. As the superintendent, I found Axtell Construction to be responsive and timely to all of our concerns in all phases of the construction process. They worked hard to ensure that our needs were met during the project and met all time lines and financial projections that were established.

Superintendent of Schools, Montrose School District 

Axtell Construction over the last three years has installed windows at several developments owned and managed by the Housing Authority. Axtell Construction completed all work in a 100% satisfactory and professional manor.

Director of Capital Improvements, Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna, Dunmore, PA 

Axtell Construction was contracted by the Montrose Restoration Committee to install new bathrooms in the Montrose Theater, the oldest continuously operating theater in the Commonwealth of PA. This theater building is 90 plus years old. The Board of Directors as well as the theater manager found Joe very competent, pleasant and comfortable to deal with. His price was competitive. He came in on budget and on schedule, which was very important for us in reopening the theater. A lot of time and attention was taken to protect the rest of the theater from dust and dirt of the project. Everyone involved in the project commented on the competence and cleanliness of Axtell Construction. The Montrose Restoration Committee highly recommends Axtell Construction and we are looking forward to working with them again to complete remaining theater renovations.

Administrative Director, Montrose Restoration Committee, Montrose, PA