A long history of construction done right

Henry Carlson Company - History Image - Henry Carlson, Sr. & William A. SnitkeyHenry Carlson Construction’s history began when Henry Carlson, Sr. immigrated to the United States in 1900. He began in the construction industry as a laborer and later worked as a skilled stonemason. With this construction knowledge, he joined with William A. Snitkey to form the Carlson-Snitkey Construction Company in 1919.

In 1924, Henry Carlson acquired full ownership and the company was renamed the Henry Carlson Company. The company grew rapidly and by the 1930s it was already considered one of the largest building and construction companies in the state of South Dakota. Under the leadership of Henry Carlson, Sr. the company began constructing many of the landmark buildings throughout the state.

Henry Carlson Company - History Image - Historical Building 1Henry Carlson, Jr. first started with the company as a laborer in 1943. After serving in World War II he joined the company permanently in 1950. He took over as president following the death of his father in 1961.

 

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Continuing in the family-owned tradition, Henry “Chip” Carlson, III, joined his father in the business as a carpenter’s apprentice in the late 1970s. Chip later earned a degree in Construction Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He moved into the company’s management team in 1982 and was vice president of the company until 2006, when he became the president of the company. Chip is the owner of the company. Dave Derry is chairman and Jerry Fromm is the president.

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Today, Henry Carlson Construction continues to be one of the largest commercial construction employers in the state. The company bids or negotiates work on all sizes and types of commercial construction—from new buildings to additions to renovations.

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"It is indeed a pleasure to be able to recommend Henry Carlson companies. The Madison Central School District contracted with them for our recent renovation project of the Madison High School. Their services were invaluable to us as they served as a construction manager at risk for the project. The management of the construction project by Henry Carlson and especially Eric Bender was fantastic. They kept the project on target and actually were able to accelerate and reduce the total amount of time for construction. They did an awesome job of supervising various subcontractors to ensure that the quality of work was something that we would be proud of."
Tom Farrell, President of the Madison Central School District