We Are Building.
Messer was founded in 1932, became employee-owned in 1990 and achieved almost $1.25 billion in annual revenue in 2016. Through it all, our focus on delivering quality to our customers has remained central to what we do.
Our mission is to lead the building construction process for sustained growth and profitability through professional performance that creates value for our customers, a company-wide commitment to a safe work environment, ethical business practices, and providing an environment where individual professional growth is the foundation for company growth.
Frank Messer & Sons, Inc. is founded by Frank Messer in 1932. The family-owned company focuses on public works, constructing the central post office in Nashville, Tennessee, the public library in Toledo, Ohio, and a number of schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Messer is awarded the contract to build the $37 million Wright Aeronautical Plant in Evendale, Ohio. It was considered at the time to be the largest building award ever let under one contract in the United States.
Under the leadership of Frank’s son, Charles Messer, the company continues to grow as the company’s expertise begins to shift toward high-rise construction.
Messer focuses on attracting and retaining high-performing construction professionals and building the company’s capacity for performance. The focus pays off, and in 1987, the company performs more than $100 million worth of construction for the first time in its history.
Messer’s 99 employees purchase the company from the Messer family in 1990. The company begins to expand its footprint by opening regional offices in Lexington, Columbus and Dayton. Each region’s employees would live and work locally, preserving the company’s longtime commitment to delivering quality to customers. Rapid growth follows, and by 1997, Messer hits the $300 million annual revenue plateau for the first time.
The company changes its name to Messer Construction Co. Its regional footprint continues to grow with the opening of four additional regional offices – Louisville, Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Nashville. Messer put in place more than $500 million of revenue for the first time in its history and formed its Economic Inclusion department in 2005.
Messer opens its Charlotte regional office and more growth ensues. Twenty-five years after becoming employee-owned, the company’s workforce has increased tenfold, its annual revenue has multiplied by more than eight, and it operates in nine cities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.