Our History

Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Kessel Construction, Inc. is a respected design-build firm specializing in turnkey construction of commercial and industrial buildings. Our experience and reputation as a design-build company makes us uniquely qualified to handle every phase of your project—from design through construction completion. We are experts in site preparation, concrete design, concrete construction, pre-engineered metal buildings, and building retrofits. Whatever your construction project entails, we’ve got you covered. That’s been the Kessel Advantage for nearly 75 years!

Our roots take us back to the northern Pennsylvania oil fields when William O. Kessel started the company. After working in the oil fields for some time in the Bradford, PA area, William started the W.O. Kessel Company during World War II and began building for the South Penn Oil Company, which is now Pennzoil.  W.O. Kessel acquired the Butler Manufacturing Company building franchise in 1949 which now puts the company in the top ten for longevity as a franchise in the United States.  Dick Kessel joined the company in 1956 and took over the reins in 1974.  Sheet metal fabrication, steel fabrication, and erection crews were added in 1964 while concrete foundation and floor slab crews were added in 1970. Industrial and commercial projects have been the bulk of our workload, but Kessel returned to servicing the oil & gas industry in 2009. Tim Asinger assumed the position of President in 2008 with Dick Kessel taking an active role in consulting with the company as CEO.

RECENT

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Since

1934

Kessel Construction, Inc. was founded by William O. Kessel in 1934 as an oil field construction business. Kessel still does work for the oil and gas industry today!

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Through

The Years

  • 2015
    Kessel Construction, Inc. continues as a strong family run business in Bradford, PA
  • 2013
    Kessel Construction is recognized by Metal Construction News as being 64th in the country for Overall Metal Building Sales in 2013
  • 2010
    Tim Asinger becomes president of Kessel Construction. Dick remains an integral part of the business as CEO
  • 2009
    Kessel returns to their past and makes headway back into the oil and gas industry
  • 1970
    Kessel Construction, Inc. enters the design-build market which they still specialize in today
  • 1964
    Dick Kessel becomes head of the company his father founded 30 years ago
  • 1959
    Dick Kessel moves into the offices as a salesman and begins to learn the ropes of the business from his father
  • 1956
    Richard “Dick” Kessel, son of William O. Kessel joins the company
  • 1949
    Kessel acquired the Butler Manufacturing Company building franchise
  • 1942
    Kessel built 29 band wheel powers, set 1,500 pumping jacks and 6 water flooding projects
  • 1934
    Kessel Construction Inc. is founded by William O. Kessel as an oil field construction business
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THE BEGINNING

The Thirties

Kessel Construction Inc. was founded by W.O. Kessel in 1934. He started work in the Bradford oil fields. During World War II he built for South Penn Oil Company (now Pennzoil).

PEAK PERFORMANCE

The Forties

In 1942, W.O. Kessel built 29 band wheel powers, set 1,500 pumping jacks and completed 6 water flooding projects. At that time, the company had a total of 85 employees. All ordering, scheduling and field management was coordinated by William himself while his wife, Marjorie Kessel managed all of the accounting. In 1949, the Butler Building Franchise was obtained.

THE BEGINNING OF THE BUTLER FRANCHISE

The Fifties

By 1956, the majority of Kessel Construction’s projects were pre-fabricated metal Buildings. During this decade, 18-year-old Dick Kessel, William’s son, joined the company. He began his career in the family business as a laborer, digging foundations for pumping jacks. Later that year, he moved onto the metal building erection crew and within 6 months became the foreman. In 1959, William introduced his son into sales.

SECOND GENERATION

The Sixties

In 1964 Richard “Dick” Kessel took the reins from his father and became the head of the company. Under Dick Kessel’s leadership, the sales operation grew significantly. In 1964 as the company continued to grow, steel fabrication and steel erection were added to the list of services. Projects could vary from $1,000 to multi-million dollar facilities.

THE BEGINNING OF DESIGN-BUILD

The Seventies

In 1970, the company entered the design-build market which they still specialize in today. Concrete crews were added and again Kessel’s list of services grew.

Also during this time, Ann Kessel began keeping the books and she continues to help with the growth of the business.

FAMILY BUSINESS

The Eighties

In 1984, Dick’s son, Paul joined the company and continues to have an active role in the company. Paul attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology for construction and has worked in just about every aspect of the business. Kessel has always been a family run business and Dick’s nephew Jeff Kessel also worked for the company until his untimely passing in 2001.

CONTINUING TO GROW

The Nineties

In this decade, the family tradition continued as Dick’s son, Tim joined the company in a sales and marketing role after graduating from college. Tim continues to work in the construction industry for a large metal building manufacturer.

The Nineties also brought Tim Asinger, Dick’s son-in-law, to the company. In 1996, Asinger opened an office in Erie, PA for Kessel where he sold and marketed Kessel Construction, Inc. services and operated a Butler Building franchise.

CONTINUING THE FAMILY BUSINESS

The Present & Future

Through the beginning of this new era, Kessel has returned once again to servicing the oil industry, which is where it all started for the company. Several of their employees have been with them for over 20 years and a few recently reached their 35 year mark.

In 2010, Dick passed the reins of Kessel Construction to his son-in-law Tim Asinger. Dick continues to be active in the company as CEO. Asinger is currently President of Kessel Construction, Inc. and is executing a buy-out plan with his wife Kristin.