J3 Systems started as Lone Mountain Contracting back in 1973 by James Nick Blea. At the time, we specialized in US Government contracts, working with the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Energy, Corps of Engineers, BIA, U.S. Marines and the US Army. This work brought to our team the art of negotiation, value engineering, job scheduling and extensive job specific training.
In 1992, one of our founders, Jim Utash, trained his college-aged son Jeremy as an estimator. Jeremy came to work full time at Lone Mountain in 1994, and over the next nine years brought two of his brothers (Joshua and Jason) into the operation. Another relative, Earl Wise, joined in 1998 as Project Manager.
The Utash brothers formed J3 Systems and took over the management of Lone Mountain’s residential roofing division in 2004 and the commercial roofing division in 2008. Their uncle James Nick Blea continues to run Lone Mountain Contracting.
Some of our company milestones include:
- Over 30 million square feet of roofing installed (at least three times more than our closest residential competitor). We’re the #1 residential and commercial roofer in New Mexico
- Roofing projects for University of New Mexico, Sandia Resort & Casino, Cottonwood Mall, Santa Fe Opera, Sandia Labs, and many more multi-million dollar commercial and industrial jobs
- We are the longest tenured installer of single-ply thermoplastic roofing in the state