We are a 100% ESOP/Employee-owned company. The Berkel Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) started years before most companies considered the concept. With employees participating in the ownership of the company, they have a vested interest in the organization and work hard to continue the legacy of exceeding customers’ expectations through quality and innovation.
Berkel Contractors, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Kansas on September 21, 1959 by Charles J. Berkel for the purpose of performing specialty foundation work throughout the continental United States. Mr. Berkel’s prior experience was with Intrusion-Prepakt starting in 1947. While at Intrusion-Prepakt, he was the project engineer for the first commercial project in the U.S. that was supported on APG piles. Since its founding in 1959, Berkel has grown to become one of the largest piling contractors in the U.S. Our work consists of specialized foundation and construction services such as installing Auger Pressure Grouted (APG) piles and Auger Pressure Grouted Displacement (APGD) piles, Shoring and Earth Retention and Ground Improvement and Stabilization.
From International Olympians to U.S. Presidents, most people at some point in their life have set foot on a Berkel foundation. The company’s entrepreneurial spirit and employee-driven passion for exceeding customers’ expectations have made Berkel the leader in the deep foundation industry. This continued success is rooted in its people, who strive each and every day to make Berkel the best at what it does. Projects include many stadiums throughout the country, the Pentagon, the World Trade Center site, entertainment venues, hotel resorts, casinos, power plants, and high-rise buildings in almost every major city in the United States.
The world’s largest and most successful engineering firms and contractors continue to partner with Berkel to ensure safety and high quality of work for each project. State of the art equipment and processes are a key competitive advantage for Berkel and the organization currently holds several patents. The majority of equipment used by Berkel is invented and manufactured in-house. With this expertise, the equipment can be quickly replaced or repaired giving the company an edge over competitors.
In addition to the corporate headquarters in Kansas City, regional offices are located in Atlanta, Baltimore/D.C., Houston, Louisville, Orlando and San Francisco. Outside of the United States, Berkel is involved with a number of projects in the Caribbean and continues to expand its growth globally.
Berkel takes great pride in giving back to the community. Most people never see the superior work of Berkel because it is well beneath the ground. Like the nature of its work, Berkel supports the community by quietly providing a strong foundation to a number of charitable and nonprofit organizations.