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F.A. Wilhelm Celebrates 100 Years in Business

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023. The company started in 1923 and grew from modest beginnings. With an eighth-grade education, a deep passion for helping others, and a need to support a growing family, founder Francis A. Wilhelm built a porch for his neighbor. That first project laid the foundation that supports Wilhelm 10 decades later. Francis believed in hard work, innovation, and flexibility which remains in the fabric of Wilhelm’s culture.

Today, Wilhelm is the largest contractor in the State of Indiana, ranked number 79 on Engineering News Record’s (ENR) list of top 400 contractors and employs the largest construction labor force in the Midwest. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, Wilhelm is spotlighting legacy milestones of our clients and their projects which have had a tremendous impact in and around their communities. Additionally, celebrations are planned to honor and thank employees and their families. Through a community giveback campaign, Wilhelm will also provide financial support and in-kind donations to charitable organizations in the communities that impact clients, employees, the climate, and the neighborhoods we live and work.

“100 years is an amazing accomplishment, my grandfather, F.A. Wilhelm would be extremely proud of how we have grown and the services we now provide to our clients,” said Phil Kenney, F.A. Wilhelm’s president. “And while we recognize this is a great achievement, we realize that 100 years would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, the trust of our clients, and our connections within the industry. While it’s important to honor the past and those who have made this happen, it is also important to stay forward focused, ensuring the lasting success we enjoy now can continue to create opportunities for ourselves, our children, and future generations.”

Recent projects in the Wilhelm portfolio include Cummins DBU Indianapolis, J.W. Marriott Hotel, Indiana State Museum, IU Health Regional Academic Center in Bloomington, Four Winds Casino and Hotel in South Bend, the new Consolidated Courts Building at the Community Justice Center, the NCAA Headquarters, Republic Airways Corporate Campus, Sid and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, and the Zotec Partners Headquarters in Carmel. Clients include Catalent, Churchill Downs Inc., Citizens Energy Group, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis Children’s Museum Indiana University Health, Ingredion and UIndy.

“We are honored and humbled to celebrate our 100th anniversary this year,” said Chris Wilhelm, Executive Vice President. “It starts with the people who work for Wilhelm and the clients who entrust us to build their projects. Our clients are experts in their fields and drive us to be innovative and problem solvers.”

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