It's difficult to encapsulate a legacy of over 90 years. It may rest in the skyline of hometown Kansas City or in other communities across the country where JE Dunn cranes reach skyward.
Maybe it's in the ability to survive and grow as a family and employee-owned business, or in the way we have fostered loyalty among generations of employees.
One thing is certain: the JE Dunn legacy can be found in its spirit of excellence, of giving and growing into the 21st century, and its continued commitment to core values.
John Ernest Dunn (Ernie) founded JE Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City, Missouri in 1924. What began as a small, family-run residential contractor would eventually grow into one of the top general building contractors in the country with approximate annual revenues of $2.7 billion and 20 office locations coast-to-coast.
The years following JE Dunn Construction's founding were interesting times that saw the company building for the war effort, weathering economic ups and downs, and maintaining level-headedness while labor unions formed and civil rights struggles ensued. Still, throughout these periods of turmoil, the construction company grew. When Ernie Dunn passed away in 1964, the company's net worth was $1.4 million and it employed 35 people. The number and size of construction projects rose over the next ten years as JE Dunn Construction solidified its place as one of Kansas City's largest, most reliable, quality-minded commercial contractors.
In 1981, a core value of the company, giving to and meeting community needs, was recognized and formally structured through the establishment of the Dunn Family Foundation. The Foundation's emphasis then was the same as it is today: education, health and human services, youth, the disabled, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and community development. To this day, corporate and personal involvement in the communities in which we work is encouraged. In 2010, employees donated well over $700,000 to charities. On a national level, JE Dunn annually commits more than 10 percent of its pre-tax earnings to charities, a time-honored tradition of giving back to the community.
In 1990, JE Dunn Construction was a multi-faceted company employing 1,200 people in the field and office with revenues exceeding $155 million. Engineering News Record (ENR) ranked JE Dunn Construction 247th of the top 400 contractors nationally.
Expansion to areas outside of Kansas City became part of the growth strategy of the company. In 1990, controlling interest of Minneapolis-based Witcher Construction was acquired. In 1992, Drake Construction Company in Portland, Oregon became part of the team. In the late 1990's, LTB Contractors, Inc. of Houston was acquired and then Hughes/Smith, Inc., a Colorado Springs-based general contractor. January 2000 witnessed the acquisition of Atlanta's R. J. Griffin & Company General Contractors.
These acquisitions rounded out the JE Dunn Construction Company team. In 2015, we were ranked the tenth largest general building contractor in the United States.
Today, JE Dunn Construction is a leading provider of construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery. Its time honored tradition of delivering construction in a manner exceeding the expectation of clients holds true. We look forward to coming years as we give and grow into the 21st century.
Rankings & Revenue
JE Dunn Construction is ranked consistently among the top contractors nationwide in several specialty areas. These rankings for 2016, based on 2015 revenues, are provided by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine.
We want to thank our loyal clients for helping us achieve these rankings. We are dedicated to delivering on our promise of being the best client-centered building partner in the United States.
JE Dunn is proud of our commitment to donate over 10 percent of pre-tax earnings to charities around the country. The majority of JE Dunn employees spend time volunteering throughout the year in organizations such as educational and youth development, healthcare research, sustainability efforts, religious groups, arts and cultural foundations, and many more. Through the efforts of employees and
the support of the Dunn Family Foundation, JE Dunn supported more than 300 philanthropies last year. JE Dunn has created an environment for employees which encourages them to get involved in the communities in which they live and work. We aren't just dedicated to building buildings, we are committed to building better communities.
Minority Contractor Development Program
JE Dunn’s Minority Contractor Development (MCD) program was launched in February 2005. This program is designed to help MBE/WBE companies develop skills to become more competitive in the construction industry. The Program is free to those MBE/WBE/VET-owned businesses that apply. Participants are selected via an application and interview process. The MCD Program focuses on relationship building, mentoring, capacity building, and contracting. The MCD Program is designed to provide valuable networking opportunities with decision-makers, as well as hands-on activities to ensure transfer of knowledge.
MBE, WBE and VBE companies are invited to participate in the program following an application and interview process. The participants are selected based upon experience, size of company and current needs. Over the course, the participants attend monthly classes facilitated by JE Dunn professionals. Classes are built around a full curriculum of topics ranging from estimating to relationships and business development. Other core business topics include marketing, accounting, legal, safety, communication and leadership. Participants have access to JE Dunn staff members as a master in the industry and are offered further support and resources outside of the classroom.
The goal of the MCD program is not to teach minority contractors their trade; rather, the goal is to partner less advantaged minority subcontractors with more experienced business professionals who are able to guide, teach and hone business management’s skills. The program helps prepare participants with the full range of workplace skills so that they can more effectively participate on JE Dunn projects.
This is the name of JE Dunn’s women’s networking group. Established in 2016, the name comes from a construction phrase: take a “moment” to “connect” with fellow women at JE Dunn. The group’s purpose is to foster connections and build camaraderie among women as they navigate their careers. Moment Connection helps provide women with the support, knowledge and ideas to help them bring their authentic selves to work each day and contribute at the highest level possible. The organization contributes to charitable organizations, plans lunch and learn opportunities, hosts speakers and panels for education events, and participates in social and networking activities.
For more information, please contact:
Nakisha Bausby, Senior Diversity Specialist
JE Dunn Construction Company
Kansas City, MO 64106