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Bub Urich (left) works with Kurt Gray of Woodruff Construction to build the concrete forms for the steps leading up to the stage in the new Duncombe Elementary School’s gymnasium. The new school was completed in 2018.

Woodruff Construction is an employee-owned general contractor providing design-build, construction management and project development services to clients throughout Iowa. Her team not only strives to achieve their customers’ goals and visions, but also to provide customers with an enjoyable building experience.

In 1956, Leonard Woodruff and Jack Evans formed Woodruff-Evans Construction, a general contractor serving Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities. Since opening its doors, Woodruff has continued to grow through its customer relationships, skilled employees, safety culture and best practices. It has expanded to four offices in Ames, Fort Dodge, Iowa City and Waterloo. Each office has a primary geographic region with a radius of approximately 60 miles, allowing employees to be home with their families at night.

The company has seen two generations of leadership over the past 66 years, with current President Don Woodruff overseeing the company his father helped found. In 2020, Woodruff transitioned from a small ownership group to an employee stock ownership plan. This ownership change was driven by the company’s mission to build the future of its families, customers and communities. For Woodruff employees and their families, this means participation in the company and an additional qualified pension plan. For Woodruff customers, this means continuing to maintain customer service. Employees at all levels of engagement have a vested interest in customer success.

“All of our employees now own Woodruff Construction,” said Don Woodruff. “Through their hard work, dedication and focus on improving our business, this has earned us the ability to own it together. Going forward, we will make it an even better company by providing a stable foundation to grow our existing workforce and hire other like-minded people who want to work for a company they have an interest in and can influence the outcome.”

Woodruff Construction not only provides general contractor services for project types, but also carries out several trades on its own. Woodruff employs skilled staff to carry out carpentry, concrete and steel work in-house, allowing for tight control of project plans and maintaining a consistently high quality of work. This also helps keep costs down for project owners.

Woodruff embodies a unique set of core values ​​- family, service, purpose, reliability and joy – in everything it does. Whether it’s keeping jobs close to home, volunteering with organizations like the local Boys and Girls Club or Habitat for Humanity, or providing education and training to its employees, the company does it all with these values ​​in mind.

Visit www.woodruff.build for more information.

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