“I’d rather drive nails than eat.” Our founder Ralph Korte said it. To this day, we live it. We put our passion into every project and approach each as if it was our own.
We’re a Design-Build construction company focused on getting the job done. And finding the best way to do it. More than 90% of our work is Design-Build because it offers the most flexibility and results in best-value solutions. Perhaps that’s why 84% of our business comes from repeat clients.
Since 1958, we’ve been designing and constructing projects ranging from 1.3 million-square-foot distribution centers to neighborhood schools. We’ve delivered more than 2,500 projects. On-budget. On-time. Every time. We manage more than $250 million of construction volume each year, and we still treat every job like we’re building for our neighbors — the same way we started in 1958.
We build smart. And we partner with companies who do the same. We’ve delivered more than 2,500 projects across the country. But we didn’t do it alone. Someone once said that you’re only as good as the people you work with, and we couldn’t agree more.
We work with the best, and we treat every subcontractor and vendor like a partner. That’s because they are. Our teams are built on the basis of performance, mutual respect and trust. That’s why we have been named ASA (American Subcontractor Association) Contractor of the Year three times. It also means that our partners are paid on time and treated fairly.
The way we see it, we’re in this together. We understand the value of a job well done, and expect the same caliber of quality and craftsmanship that we set for ourselves.
We seek solutions, not claims
We are not a claim-driven contractor. Every challenge has a solution. We like to call them opportunities, and we believe in working through them as a team – working together from start to finish with open communication and purposeful collaboration to deliver otherwise unachievable results.
When we sit at the same table, great ideas — the best ideas — are born. And the way is paved for creative solutions to take hold. It helps us set the bar higher, and at the end of the day, we all learn to do our job a little better, smarter and faster.
Keeping our team safe
For us, there are two things we value above all. Taking care of our team. And getting the job done.
The complete safety of our workers is one of the greatest keys to our success. We’ve invested heavily in it. After all, we’ve had an effective written safety program since the 1980s, well before it became standard practice for construction companies.
We’ve always held a safety EMR score below one. We’ve completed more than one million work hours on jobsites without an accident causing lost time. And we’ve been recognized on numerous occasions with safety awards. The Korte Company is ISNetworld certified, and we’re always open to sharing our complete safety track record.
We have more than 20 Safety Trained Supervisors Construction (STSC) on our staff. The STSC is a certification awarded by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) to individuals who meet rigorous experience and education requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination that is accredited through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Many companies don’t have one STSC. We have 20. Continuous safety training is the key to maintaining our high standards of Safety.