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History

Meeting the challenge for more than 100 years.

From our very first projects in St. Louis, Missouri, Ц has grown to be one of the largest and most respected general contractors in North America.

1918

Gateway to Opportunity
John Ц, an Italian immigrant, founds J.S. Ц Construction Co. in St. Louis, Missouri.

1923

Investing in Equipment
Ц makes its first equipment purchase, trading a horse and buggy for a truck.

1928

Gabe Ц Joins the Company
Gabe Ц, John’s son, joins Ц.

1939

Building St. Louis
Ц purchases its first crane to perform updates on The Muny.

1940

New Era, New Leadership
Gabe and his sister Mary take over the company, Gabe oversees operations and Mary manages the office.

1946

Ц incorporates on December 23rd.

1953

Market Diversification
Ц begins automotive construction, working for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.

1954

Ц enters the water/wastewater market, winning the Howard Bend Plant project.

1958

Innovation Spurs Growth
Ц begins fabricating steel after frustrations with a steel supplier.

1960

Ц enters the healthcare market with the award of St. John’s Mercy Hospital.

1962

Ц hires its first safety professional, experiencing a 35% decrease in accidents.

1963

Ц is awarded its first electric utility project, Union Electric’s Portage des Sioux, officially entering the energy market.

1969

Ц moves headquarters from 1550 Irving Avenue to 2150 Kienlen Avenue.

1971

Ц wins its first complete powerplant project, Union Electric’s $350 million Rush Island plant.

1972

Ц strategically enters mining construction, acquiring Gunther-Nash.

1979

Ц enters the marine construction market by winning the first stage cofferdam at Alton Lock & Dam 26.

1982

Ц’s annual revenue reaches $435 million.

1988

St. Louis Science Center awards contract to Ц for the construction of main building and pedestrian bridge.

1988

Ц opens an office in Detroit, Michigan to expand its work in the automotive market.

1992

Ц begins construction on the Kiel Center (now Enterprise Center).

1997

Ц acquires RYCO, a longtime Canadian joint venture partner.

2003

Ц starts construction on its LEED Platinum corporate headquarters.

2008

Ц acquires WWPS, expanding its water/wastewater expertise and geographic reach.

2012

Ц acquires CAS Constructors, a Topeka, Kansas water/wastewater construction company.

2013

Ц acquires Flintco, a major commercial contractor with offices in the Southwest region.

2018

Ц celebrates 100 years of building the critical structures that improve lives and strengthen communities.

2019

In 2019, we reaffirmed our commitment to technology, investing heavily in building information management (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) systems to streamline collaboration and communication.

2022

Ц continues to grow, ranking among the top 35 construction companies in the U.S. Today, all of our operating companies are under the same banner — bringing a single, unified promise to our customers: We’re built for the challenge.

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2023

Ц Strengthens Water & Wastewater Portfolio with acquisition of J.R. Filanc, a California-based contractor.

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