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JE Dunn Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Commitment to Employee Ownership

A recent visit to JE Dunn Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, alongside Steve Storkan, Executive Director of EOX (Employee Ownership Expansion Network), revealed a bustling lobby. Employee owners gathered to commemorate Women In Construction Week, sipping coffee and enjoying smoothies at a vibrant bar.

Among the crowd, I savored a steaming cup of coffee and received a bookmark inscribed with an inspiring message: “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step!” This sentiment resonates deeply with JE Dunn, which embarked on its journey toward employee ownership in 2010.

Guided by the principles of hard work, integrity, excellence, and the Golden Rule, JE Dunn has flourished. With over 4,000 employees across 26 locations and a presence in 18 states, they proudly rank as the 8th largest construction company in the United States.

This milestone year marks JE Dunn’s 100th Anniversary. Tim Dunn, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, eloquently captures their mission: “JE DUNN not only transforms skylines but our employees build authentic partnerships that transform local communities through philanthropic efforts.” To celebrate, ten employees will each receive $100,000 to empower their communities.

JE Dunn’s commitment extends beyond profits. Annually, they allocate 10% of pre-tax net income to support numerous nonprofits and charities. Their collective volunteer efforts have logged an impressive 50,000 hours.

At the helm stands Gordon Lansford, the current CEO and President. As the first “non Dunn” to hold this position, Lansford acknowledges the legacy of three generations of the Dunn family. He also credits the dedicated employees, clients, and partners who have shaped JE Dunn into a truly unique organization.

The lobby sign succinctly captures their purpose: “We exist to enrich lives through people and places in pursuit of building perfection.” Adam Cox is the Midwest Region President at JE Dunn. He directs the offices in Kansas City and Springfield Missouri, Wichita and Des Moines Iowa, Omaha Nebraska, Minneapolis and Williston and Dickinson North Dakota. The Midwest Region also leads projects throughout the country for sports, justice and government clients. JE Dunn is one of many amazing employee owned companies. The culture is apparent not only to employees, but to clients and the community. The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership actively shares stories like these, emphasizing the transformative power of employee ownership. Join us in celebrating this incredible tool for building successful enterprises.

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