Faces of the Campaign
is a secondgeneration, family-owned construction company in Breese, Ill. and one of the 2018 Get to Know m.e. host sponsors. This is the company’s second year as a sponsor of the campaign, formed to improve area residents’ quality of life while also enhancing the image of the Metro-East as a great place to work, visit and call home. The company began in 1980 when Chuck Poettker, chairman and CEO, built a home for a friend. The business then quickly grew and shifted to the commercial side of the industry. Today, it is a leading construction company and certified Veteran business in the Midwest that provides a full range of professional construction services including construction management, general contracting and design-build services. Chuck’s four children have joined him in the business, helping him build the company that he envisioned over 38 years ago – a company founded on respect, professionalism, integrity and dedication to their clients’ needs and goals. Keith Poettker was recently appointed president, Kevin Poettker is director of business development, Ryan Poettker is vice president project management and Kimberly Luitjohan is vice president - finance. The Poettker family, as well as many members of the staff, live in the Metro-East. Many workers have been at the company for over twenty, and some over thirty years. The company employs a rich cadre of educated and passionate estimators, sales and project managers, superintendents, administrative personnel and support staff who provide professional, personable service. “The work ethic here is stronger than in other areas,” said Ryan. Nearly 95 percent of the business is composed of repeat customers or referrals. “Our reputation for providing honest, great service has helped us grow primarily through repeat business. Trust is huge in business,” said Kevin. While the company’s original service area was the St. Louis metropolitan area, it quickly grew to a regional scale. Poettker Construction is currently licensed in 25 states. The team has built multiple facilities for some of the most value-conscious organizations in the Midwest, including: Ameren, Hopsital Sisters Health System (HSHS) Medical Group, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Continental Tire, Menards, Walmart Stores ,Inc. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have constructed more than 25 K-12 schools throughout Southern Illinois and completed more than 30 projects at the local Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) facilities. Poettker Construction has been successful for a variety of reasons, one being that they work across multiple disciplines. One of their unique services is self-perform work, where they employ carpenters and laborers for concrete and carpentry services rather than outsourcing this work. Few general construction contractors offer this service. Self-performing work makes it easier to schedule jobsite manpower and carry out each project efficiently. Poettker Construction is a proud supporter of our local hospitals, schools, religious institutions and other non-profit organizations. They give back to the community through fundraising, education and philanthropic efforts. Some examples include:
• Since 2014, Poettker Construction and its business partners have donated $80,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois through proceeds raised from our annual golf classic.
• In 2017, Poettker Construction hosted the safety merit badge clinic for the Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Area Council. Twenty- five Boy Scouts from Southern Illinois and the St. Louis area participated in the interactive discussion and guided project tour illustrating key safety techniques.
• To accompany their annual Christmas party, Poettker Construction employees donate toys that are distributed to families in need throughout our community. In 2018, Poettker Construction will showcase its quality craftsmanship and ability by constructing its own corporate headquarters in Breese. The new 39,400 sq. ft. office and 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse will be located south of their current buildings.