Riverport Trade Center, new construction, in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Poettker Construction, an award-winning family owned construction company, closed out the 2022 calendar year with tremendous employee, financial, industry, philanthropic and market sector growth across the company. 

“Over the past 18 months, our company has faced many challenges; from the unexpected death of Poettker’s founder, my father Chuck, to the current supply chain and workforce challenges, Poettker has remained resilient,” says Ryan Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “I could not be prouder of our team’s commitment to developing long-lasting relationships with our clients to bring the highest quality projects to the communities we live and serve.” 


To kick off the year, Poettker was recognized for its efforts toward zero injuries in the workplace by becoming a certified contractor through the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS). That track record continued in 2022 with the Poettker team performing more than 422,000 manhours with zero lost-time or recordable incidents in 2022. 

The company’s ongoing commitment to safety and quality was also recognized with the President’s Circle Risk Control Excellence award from General Contractors Insurance LTD. Additionally, Poettker achieved the Associated Builders and Contractors PLATINUM level designation through the ABC’s STEP Safety Management System and was named an Accredited Quality Contractor for the first time.

Poettker continues to be a Best Place to Work, national best in class business, and a top contractor in the Midwest and Southeast. The company enhanced its team and grew its employee base by 32% with new hires and promotions across every department and level.

Poettker excelled in the Midwest and Southeast industrial markets with over 3.1 million square feet of distribution and warehouse space under construction in 2022. In the utility and infrastructure market, Poettker continued its multi-phased work on substations, transmission and distribution lines, restoration projects, and facility renovations throughout Illinois and Missouri. The company’s federal team was awarded over $140 million in new contracts, including mission-critical headquarters complexes, hangars, dining facilities, and airfield pavements. 

Poettker also had a very strong year in the education and retail markets. The company completed a mixture of new construction, renovations, and additions for five schools; was selected as the Construction Manager for the Parkway School District’s $265 million bond program; and enhanced online shopping, grocery pickup, and distribution services at over 60 facilities for multiple major retail chains. 

Invested in the communities where they live and work, Poettker supported over 50 non-profit organizations through philanthropic partnerships, advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering initiatives in 2022. This past year at its annual golf classic benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Poettker raised an astounding $52,000 in donations. Poettker also partnered with Junior Achievement, CEO entrepreneurship program, and area schools and colleges to expand educational opportunities in the local communities.

Ryan Poettker, president of Poettker Construction, shares more about that past year and what awaits the company in 2023. 

Poettker serves as the construction manager for a new elementary school in Litchfield, Illinois.
Ryan Poettker
Ryan Poettker

MCS: Some construction companies are not able to overcome adversity. How would you describe your approach to 2022’s challenges? Is this a reflection of your leadership style?

POETTKER: There will always be adversity, but facing a problem or issue head on with a positive attitude, making a decision and moving forward is a priority for us. Once you get stuck on one issue is when you fall down. We are human and will make mistakes, but as long as you are trying your best and use sound judgement, we support the decision made. 

MCS: What attributes led to 32% employee growth across every department and level? 

POETTKER: We are family owned and operated and every employee is treated like family. Some businesses say that, but we live it. Our employees are the ones selling our organization to potential employees by describing our culture and how we treat everyone. We also offer continuous training for our employees to help them to grow and continue advancing in their careers.

MCS: How did your company achieve 422,000 manhours with zero lost-time or recordable incidents in 2022? 

POETTKER: We invest in educating and training our workforce so they understand the possible scenarios they may face in the trenches and can adapt to any changing conditions. We ask a lot from our safety team to ensure our co-workers have the necessary resources. They continue to lead our effort to safely complete our projects. 

MCS: How would you describe the company’s safety policy? How is safety communicated and implemented?

POETTKER: Safety is our number one value and engrained throughout our company culture and we have zero tolerance for unsafe practices. We keep our employees and partners safe by educating them on safe practices, providing them with the proper equipment, and adding additional safety oversight controls to ensure safe practices are being followed. 


On the topic of 2023, Ryan Poettker shares, “We are optimistic on the construction market through 2023, but we must address the workforce shortage and supply chain issue if we as an industry are going to be successful.”  

For More Information:

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting, and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Federal Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Multi-Family, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Modern Contractor Solutions, February 2023
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