King’s Construction

Celebrating its 61st anniversary, King’s Construction has a long history of performing high-level excavating services at fair and competitive prices. Through timeliness, attention to detail and superior customer service, the company works to establish strong ties to customers, suppliers and subcontractors.

“Since 1954, when our first D-7 Caterpillar moved dirt, we have maintained a reputation of good, hard, quality work,” says Taylor King, one of seven family owners. “The majority of that comes from our employees and the knowledge, hard work and commitment they bring to this company. They truly are the ones responsible for maintaining this reputation.”  

Strong Kingdom

Today, King’s Construction employs more than 65 people and operates more than 100 pieces of earthmoving equipment. Based in Oskaloosa, Kan., King’s Construction has expanded over the years into underground work, concrete, and federal and state projects. Among the major projects it has worked on are the Overland Park soccer fields, I-70 Lecompton interchange, Rock Chalk Sports Complex, Emilia Earhart Bridge Reconstruction, South Lawrence Traffic Way, South U.S. 59 Highway, Lansing High School and the Wakarusa Waste Water Treatment Plant.    

“Our customers span over a wide range,” King says. “We do a lot of work for the federal and state governments, excavating major roads, interchanges and bypasses.  Over the last few years we have also seen quite a bit of work with large cities, building sports complexes, redoing intersections and roads within the city, utility work and wastewater treatment plants.”

One of its biggest recent projects has been the Lansing High School project. It has spanned the course of three years from 2013 to 2015, and it includes the site plan, utilities package and concrete package. King’s Construction has also picked up numerous private jobs like Rock Chalk Park, an NCAA Olympic certified track and field complex in Lawrence, Kan.

One of the qualities of King’s Construction that has allowed it to become a well-regarded excavating contractor is its ability to adapt. Adding capabilities such as a concrete crew and more pipe crews have allowed the company to remain active even when big dirt jobs were hard to find.  

“We also do our work in a very timely manner,” King says. “It means a lot to us to be able to say we have never been into liquidated damages. We will do whatever it takes to get our work done on time without jeopardizing our employees’ safety.”

Change is Good

King’s Construction is always looking for ways to improve its offerings. The company carefully considers each purchase, bringing in each new piece of equipment with the idea of that piece creating better and faster production.  “Equipment technology has come a long way,” King says. “We are purchasing finishing equipment now that has GPS on it, allowing us to get the closest cut possible, and do it quicker.”

Among its recent investments has been a CMI TR-3503 Trimmer with total station GPS that allows the company to get an almost perfect grade without stakes or strings, saving time and money. This machine makes the company much more competitive on large road projects. 

“This business is ever-changing, and investing in key production equipment is essential to being successful,” King says.

A number of key trends are impacting King’s Construction right now as it works to provide top service to customers and achieve its growth goals for 2015. So far this year, the company is seeing a big change from 2014. Last year, it had an unusual amount of large dirt jobs close to its home office. This year, the jobs aren’t as close, and they aren’t very big.  

“This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as we have the opportunity now to expand our name into places where we haven’t been,” King says. “We also have the opportunity to grow in other aspects of business.  It is looking like our utility crews and concrete crews might get the opportunity to have a big year.” 

When the company considers its major challenges and priorities in the years ahead, it is like most businesses in that the state of the economy will always be a chief concern. A lot of the company’s revenue and growth depends on how much money various government entities designate toward areas that will provide jobs for King’s Construction to pursue.  “If the funding decreases in these areas, our job bidding opportunities start to diminish,” King says. “There will also be a constant challenge of finding ways to adapt to the changing needs of our customers. As previously mentioned, 2015 is already shaping up to be a year of changes. Traveling, working on smaller and faster jobs, and having the opportunity to expand our name will prove to be both a challenge and a priority.” 

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