Over Sixty Years of Experience
Beyer Construction was founded in 1951 as a masonry subcontracting business. After nine years as a construction laborer and having completed a bricklayer apprenticeship, Del Beyer was eager to put his own ideas to work.
Much of the early work was residential, and the company grew rapidly, fueled by the post-war building boom and a reputation for quality work. Soon enough, Beyer Construction was building more substantial projects and serving as the prime contractor on an increasing number of commercial projects. With large concrete and masonry crews, the company completed many schools, churches and commercial projects over the next 30 years.
Advancing the industry while growing the company
Del Beyer was a natural entrepreneur — always on the lookout for better, more efficient ways to work. Frustrated because concrete blocks had to be unloaded by hand, one at a time, he worked with Best Block Co. to devise a way to palletize the blocks. Together they developed a rough terrain forklift to transport the pallets from truck to job site, and in 1955, the Koehring Co. bought the patent rights, placing the Kwik Mix Forklift on the market. As part of the deal, Beyer Construction received the first machine.
Del also saw an opportunity to market lifting services to other contractors, and in the mid-1950s introduced truck-mounted hydraulic cranes to the Milwaukee construction market. He established Allied Crane Service, providing short-term crane rentals to the industry, and Industrial Waste Corporation, a construction site rubbish container service.
A spirit of pragmatism that continues today
Del’s desire to approach projects in the smartest, most practical manner is what drives us today. Over sixty years after our founding, Beyer Construction is a full-service construction firm, providing construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to a wide range of clients. With expertise that includes education, historic and adaptive re-use, health and elder care, religious, and municipal projects, we strive everyday to provide exceptional service to our clients in southeastern Wisconsin.