Richard Kessel of Kessel Construction was recently presented the Southern Tier Builders Association's "2014 Circle of Excellence Award."
The award was presented by Brad Walters, association executive director, and is given out each year for outstanding contributions to the construction industry.
Kessel Construction was originally founded in 1934 by Dick Kessel's father W.O. Kessel. The company began building for the South Penn Oil Company, which is now Pennzoil. In 1942, W.O. Kessel built 29 Band wheel powers, set 1,500 pump jacks and did six flood projects. At that time, the company employed 85 people.
In 1949, a Butler Building franchise was obtained by W.O. Kessel Company and by 1956, pre-fabricated metal buildings became the company's primary business. At age 18 in 1956, Dick Kessel joined the business as a laborer. In 1959, Richard Kessel went into sales and in 1964 he took the reins of the company. In 1970 the company entered the design-build market which they still specialize in today. Under Richard Kessel's leadership the sales grew significantly and even today the company continues to be a leader in their field. Kessel Construction Inc. is one of the oldest Butler Builder franchises in the United States.
Throughout the years, Kessel construction has been recognized numerous times and regularly receives awards from industry trade groups. A few of their most notable projects are the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Jamestown, Harley Davidson of Jamestown, Rick Bockman Cadillac in Olean NY, RAM Forest Products in Shinglehouse PA and Buckler Transportation in Port Allegany, Pa.
Kessel Construction is consistently recognized by Butler Manufacturing for being one of their premier dealers with sales approaching $50 million dollars a year. Kessel Construction was recognized by Metal Construction News this past May as being 64th in the country for Overall Metal Building Sales in 2013. Over the past few years, Kessel Construction has returned to their roots and is once again servicing the oil and gas industry. Several of their employees have been with them for more than 20 years and a few recently reached their 35 year mark.
Kessel Construction also supports their local community, as they have twice been nominated for the Governor's Impact Award for Community Service. The employees and owners serve as volunteers with numerous boards and nonprofit organizations throughout the Bradford, Pa. area.
"Each year the award is given to someone whose contribution to the industry and their business has exceeded what would be expected of anyone under normal circumstances," Walters said. "The growth and innovation demonstrated under Dick's leadership at Kessel Construction is undeniable. He is very worthy of this award and we are proud to have him as a member."