In our current environment, it is especially exciting to hear stories of progress and growth. Sven Gustafson, founder of  BuildTools, and a graduate of the MESA Mentoring program in 2018, just announced that BuildTools has been acquired by ECI Software Solutions. BuildTools developed a robust system for the residential construction industry and the acquisition will help propel the platform into new markets. 

Fort Worth, Tex. – May 11, 2020 – ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions, today announced that it has acquired BuildTools, a web-based construction management platform for custom builders and remodelers. BuildTools will become part of ECI’s Residential Home Construction Group, and the team will report to ECI’s Residential Home Construction Group president, Scott Duman.

Developed by a custom home builder frustrated with the solutions previously available on the market, the BuildTools platform is a business management system that meets the unique requirements of small volume custom home builders and their clients—from project management, scheduling, document storage and budget tracking, to customer service and management capabilities.

With this acquisition, ECI will reach a new customer market: smaller custom builders and home remodelers. To help accelerate BuildTools’ global growth, ECI plans on making investments in the platform’s development, go-to-market and customer success strategies.

“ECI’s ultimate goal is to help small and medium businesses grow profitably and sustainably by making their day-to-day operations easier to manage—a mission that BuildTools shares,” said Ron Books. “BuildTools represents an exciting opportunity for us to bring our years of experience in the home construction market to bear in a new way, and help a new group of custom home builders and remodelers and their clients get business done better than ever before.”

“When it comes to running a business, custom builders and remodelers have unique needs—a fact that drove me to found BuildTools in the first place,” said J. Sven Gustafson, CEO of BuildTools. “ECI’s suite of purpose-built solutions for the residential construction market completely supports that understanding, and it makes them the right partner for us as we look to grow BuildTools further. We’re excited to see what we will accomplish together.”

The deal closed on May 8 and terms were not disclosed. To learn more about ECI’s complete suite of solutions, visit

About ECI: ECI Software Solutions provides industry-specific business software solutions and services, focusing on cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECI has served small to medium-sized manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field service organizations. Privately held, ECI is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, the Netherlands, and Australia. For information, email, visit or call (800) 959-3367.

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