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The UP Companies Celebrates Almost Three Years in Kansas City with New Office, Expanded Staff, and Multiple New Projects

David Murrell
David Murrell
KANSAS CITY, MO — The UP Companies (UPCO) and its divisions, Square UP Builders, Power UP Electrical, and Hustle UP Laborers, are celebrating another year in Kansas City by expanding to a larger office with a warehouse, adding a new division, and increasing its workforce to complete a backlog of new projects.

Within a few years of establishing a brick-and-mortar presence in Kansas City, the full-service contractor is moving to a new office in Lenexa, Kansas — a facility more than double the size of its previous location. UPCO has also steadily expanded its workforce over the past two and a half years with the addition of a Lead Estimator, General Superintendent, Operations Manager, Senior Project Manager, Project Accountant, and 75 Field Staff with 16 Foremen.  

David Murrell, Regional Director for The UP Companies, and his team are credited with establishing and growing Square UP, Power UP, and Hustle UP in the Kansas City metro area. All three divisions support commercial, warehouse/data centers, and health care projects for general contractors in Kansas City.

“We are currently on a managed growth trajectory and have gained more traction and visibility through word of mouth, connections, and our performance in the field,” Murrell said. “Word gets around quickly when you are doing good work with a dedicated staff of professionals. We are proud of the partnerships we have forged with recognized, quality general contractors such as KAI Build, JE Dunn, McCownGordon, GE Johnson, Turner, Kadean, Contegra, StructSure, and more.”  

With work focused on health care, education, warehouse buildouts, and commercial tenant improvement, UPCO is reporting on-target, year-over-year growth. Some of the contractor’s current projects include eight metro Target renovations totaling more than $4 million, and recently awarded projects for PACE KC Swope Health, KCI Concessions, KIPP KC High School, and BioLife Plasma, with repeat clinical/surgery renovations at Saint Luke's Hospitals, Research Medical, and Olathe Health Systems.

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“Our backlog of work is the strongest it’s ever been with the help of our repeat clients and our loyalty to them," Murrell said. "In fact, we project to exceed our goals for 2022."

Headquartered in St. Louis with a full-service regional office in Kansas City, The UP Companies (UPCO) is a full-service sub-contracting company offering fully integrated solutions for general contractors, owners, and facilities management professionals. For a decade, UPCO has provided design and contracting services through each of its operating companies — Power UP Electrical Contractors, Square UP Builders, and Hustle UP Laborers.

Power UP is a minority-owned, full-service electrical contractor with a focus on electrical and technology systems design, construction, installation, and maintenance serving the commercial, residential, industrial, and institutional marketplaces. Square UP is a full-service carpentry contractor specializing in rough and finish carpentry and drywall services for the commercial, industrial, institutional, and health care markets. Hustle UP is a certified minority-owned business offering general labor, selective demolition, general clean up, site maintenance, and final cleaning services.

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