Constructors, Inc. – Nebraska’s oldest paving contracting company – is the lineal descendant of a firm originally founded in 1908 by George P. Abel, Sr. name Abel Construction.
With an initial investment of $100.00, George purchased six heavy shovels, two steel wheelbarrows, and one hand concrete mixer. In 1910, Abel Construction started its first city paving job – six blocks along “O” Street from 33rd Street to Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NE. In 1911, shortly after completing its second city street paving project on South Street from 11th to 27th, the company purchased its first asphalt plant.
From 1920 to 1928, Abel Construction continued city paving and had large contracts with Alliance, Ashland, Beatrice, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Wayne and many other Nebraska towns. From 1931 until the start of World War II, Abel Construction completed about 25% of the highway work in the state of Nebraska. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Abel Construction acquired many companies including Kerford Limestone Company, and continued developing Nebraska’s highways and city streets.
In 1974, Abel Construction changed its corporate name to Constructors. Today, Constructors continues working in the southeastern region of Nebraska, with emphasis on heavy highway concrete and asphalt paving. To date, Constructors owns Trafcon, which handles traffic control and highway striping, Kerford Limestone Company in Weeping Water, Nebraska, a primary source for many aggregates, as well as Nebraska Ash Company and Plains Pozzolanic which supply Constructors with coal ash for concrete and soil stabilization.
The managers, superintendents, foreman, and crew members of Constructors, Inc. and its predecessors have always had a reputation for quality performance and timely completion in a wide variety of projects.
CONSTRUCTORS’ BUSINESS LEADERS
Our leaders come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, all with their own specific area of expertise unique to each valued position that they hold within the Constructors’ family.
“Over the last 17 years I’ve worked in the infrastructure construction industry, working all over North America, supervising jobs ranging from $2 million dollars to $500 million dollars. I recently joined the Constructors team in 2015, and I’m proud to say that I call Constructors and NEBCO home. The company’s strong family values and rich Nebraska traditions really appealed to my family. The biggest asset I bring to the Constructors team is encouraging the growth and development of talent already in our organization and recruiting others outside our organization to make us stronger! I look forward to installing a more entrepreneurial spirit within the organization. This type of spirit will drive creativeness and competiveness throughout Constructors and its job teams. We will encourage everyone to make work fun every day and build a TEAM approach every day. Embrace the past and Attack the future. ”
VICE PRESIDENT / PROJECT MANAGER
“I previously worked for T&M Construction Company here in Lincoln, Nebraska where I was a stockholder and President. In 1996 Constructors purchased T&M Construction and I’ve been a proud member of the Constructors family ever since the merger. Over the many years and many projects that I’ve been involved in, my favorite projects to date have been the widening of ‘O’ Street in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2002 and 2003 which was a $12 million dollar project that involved water mains, new storm sewer, electrical and concrete paving. The project was constructed under traffic in multiple phases to maintain public access to local businesses. We were able to complete the project substantially ahead of the contract completion date which is something Constructors is always striving to achieve in all of our projects. Being a Lincoln native, it is especially satisfying to travel around town and the surrounding areas and see projects that I have worked on over the last 30 years…”