(From left to right)
Dave Van Kirk, Jack Van Kirk, Jim Van Kirk, John Van Kirk
Dave Van Kirk President
Jim Van Kirk Vice President
John Van Kirk Past Vice President (Retired)
Steve Ragoss Estimator/Project Manager
Steve Rogge Estimator/Project Manager
Darren Hellbusch Estimator/Project Manager
Melissa Scheidemann Contracts/Accounts Receivable
Diane Lewis Accounts Payable
Lynn Sterkel Comptroller/Safety Officer
Amy Skalka Human Resources
History of Van Kirk Bros. Contracting
While stationed at the U.S. Army base in Fort Riley, Kansas, Jack Van Kirk meets and marries Nebraskan Carol Curtis.
Jack and Carol move their family from Jack’s hometown of Sparta, New Jersey to Sutton, Nebraska. Jack works at Sutton Lumber Yard and Carol opens Midwest Sporting Goods.
Van Kirk Sand & Gravel, Inc. is incorporated. Jack and sons Jim and John begin performing utility work as Van Kirk Bros. Contracting.
After a special meeting of the board of directors, David Van Kirk trades his 1976 Chevrolet 4WD pickup for stock shares of Van Kirk Sand & Gravel, Inc.
The company purchases a lot in Sutton and builds a 20’ x 40’ shop building to house the company’s equipment.
The Van Kirks purchase a used metal building and move it to their property on Highway 6. Strong winds promptly destroy the building. The current shop at 1200 West Ash Street is then purchased.
The office moves from downtown Sutton to its present location at 1200 West Ash. Jack Van Kirk “retires” but remains chairman of the board. Jim is elected president; John, vice president; David, treasurer; and Carol, secretary.
The Van Kirk family loses Jack after a lengthy battle with cancer.
After 38 years in business, Van Kirk Bros. employs 100 people on 15 crews and owns 120 units of heavy equipment with 100 trucks, trailers, vans, and pickups.
Van Kirk Bros. Contracting celebrates 40 years in business.