"Heavy" contractors are so-called because we take on heavy work using some of the largest and heaviest equipment in construction - earth movers, rollers, etc.
Heavy constructors build and maintain our cities' and our nation's infrastructure, from city streets, to interstate highways, bridges and water and sewer systems. We prepare the way for commercial development and services, housing tracts, canals, lakes and airports.
The Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City (HCA) was founded in 1950 and has been a chartered chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) since 1967. Our membership consists of approximately 150 member companies comprised of general contractors, specialty contractors, major suppliers, suppliers and affiliate members. The HCA actively participates in all aspects of the heavy construction industry in both Kansas and Missouri.
The HCA consistently promotes higher levels of funding for safe, modern highways, roads, bridges and water treatment facilities at both the state and federal levels.
The HCA serves its members as a liaison to...
State Highway Departments---The HCA maintains a close working relationship with the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation on planned expenditures for projects, maintenance, specifications, partnering, etc. in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Federal, State and Local Officials---The HCA remains in contact with public officials at all levels of government to ensure member concerns and interest are properly expressed and considered in the decision making process.
Area Chamber of Commerce Committees---The HCA represents its members on committees of both the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, taking an active role in State Legislative Affairs, Surface Transportation and Air Quality issues.
The HCA maintains a close and positive relationship with our signatory labor unions (Cement Masons, Laborers, Operating Engineers and Teamsters) to ensure that our mutual goals and objectives are accomplished. We negotiate labor agreements for the benefit of our members by promoting cooperation and dialogue with these signatory crafts.
As a public service to the community, the HCA has developed the "Plan Bulldozer" program which makes contractor personnel and equipment available in instances of natural or man-made disasters and emergencies. In conjunction with this program, we annually publish and distribute our Emergency Resources Catalog to area law enforcement, emergency personnel and governmental agencies so they may quickly respond to catastrophic situations.
Kansas City owes its very existence to the Missouri and Kansas rivers; the city was founded as a river port near their confluence. But we have paid a tragic price for that fact.
On Friday, the 13th of July, 1951, after weeks of rainfall, floodwaters roared through the Central Industrial District in the West Bottoms; Argentine, Rosedale and other low-lying parts of Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.
Twenty thousand homes and 3,000 businesses were flooded in area's worst-ever natural disaster, which caused, in today's dollars, more than $5 billion in damage. Most of the city was without safe water to drink, and 75,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes. In the aftermath, the city's construction community rallied together to clean up the mess.
Members of Kansas City's new "heavy" constructors association - formed but one year before -- put aside competition to help spearhead the city's gigantic recovery and cleanup effort, which took seven months, tons of heavy equipment and trucks, and untold hours and manpower.
In a longer-range effort at prevention, the contractors and other key entities created a cooperative emergency plan called "Plan Bulldozer." That effective plan has been implemented to deal with ensuing disasters, and remains in place to this day.
A contractors' alliance in times of acute human need led to a longer-term sharing of resources and energies and proactive construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure, to help prevent floods and other such disasters.
Today, nearly 60 years later, the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City includes approximately 150 proud member companies comprised of general contractors, specialty contractors, major suppliers, suppliers and affiliate members.
President, Barclay Hornung, Comanche Construction
Vice-President, David Kissick, Kissick Construction
Treasurer, Patrick O'Donnell, O'Donnell & Sons Construction
Mark Dombrowski, (Asphalt Division) O'Donnell & Sons Construction
Gavin Barmby, (Bridge-River Division) Pyramid Contractors
Dexter Phillips, (Concrete Paving Division) Musselman & Hall Contractors
Steve Kellerman, (Excavation Division) Clarkson Construction Company
Jim Kissick, (Utility Division) Kissick Construction
John Bowen, Superior Bowen Asphalt Company
Bill Clarkson, Jr., Clarkson Construction Company
Kevin Fahey, J.M. Fahey Construction Co.
George Hornung, Comanche Construction
Trey Bowen, Superior Bowen Asphalt Company
Bryan McCoy, Chairman, RoadBuilders Machinery
Shane Ham, Foley Equipment
Matt Rosenthal, Hunt Martin Materials
Bill Bundschuh, Pretech Corporation
Tara Edwards, Carter Energy Corp.
Edward R. DeSoignie, Executive Director
Bridgette Williams, Deputy Director
Jeanne Edmonds, Executive Secretary/Receptionist
Edward DeSoignie has served as Executive Director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City since 1997.
Mr. DeSoignie has over 30 years of experience in the field of transportation construction and transportation policy. Mr. DeSoignie served for over 14 years in Kansas state government, as Legislative Liaison and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation of the Kansas Department of Transportation, from 1982 to 1988.
His experience in advancing transportation funding issues includes the 1989 Kansas Transportation Program, the 1999 Kansas Comprehensive Transportation Program, the 2002 Missouri Proposition B Campaign, the 2004 Missouri Amendment 3 Campaign, the 2004 re-financing program of the Kansas Comprehensive Transportation Program and the 2010 Transportation Program, known as "T-Works." Mr. DeSoignie has also been an integral part of numerous successful local public works sales tax and bond issue campaigns in the Greater Kansas City Area.
A partial list of Mr. DeSoignie's service includes: Chairman of the Kansas Economic Progress Council, the Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee (Missouri), the Kansas City (KS) Foundation Board of Directors, the Johnson County (Kansas) Visioning Committee, Kansas Governor Grave’s Transportation 2000 Task Force, Governor Sebelius’ Transportation Leveraging Investments In Kansas (T-LINK) Committee, the Economic Lifelines Board Executive Committee, the Missouri Transportation Coalition, the Missouri Transportation Alliance Steering Committee, and the Committee to Improve Missouri's Roads and Bridges (Missouri 2004 Amendment 3).
Mr. DeSoignie has worked in the field of labor relations for over 20 years and has participated in numerous negotiations of the Association’s labor agreements. He has served as Chairman of the Kansas Apprenticeship Council, as Treasurer of the Labor Management Fair Contracting Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and as a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Workforce Board, the Kansas City Fairness in Construction Board, and as a Management Trustee on the Operating Engineers Local 101 Vacation Fund and the Teamsters' Local 541 Vacation Fund.
Bridgette Williams currently serves as Deputy Director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City (HCA). With over 20 years of experience in the field of transportation, construction and economic development, Mrs. Williams focuses on management/labor initiatives and governmental and community relations for the association.
She served for over 15 years as President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for labor unions in the Greater Kansas City area that represents more than 100,000 working men and women. Mrs. Williams was the first African American and the first female in the country elected to lead an AFL-CIO affiliate.
Ms. Williams has worked extensively on issues related to Economic Development, Transportation, Workforce Development, and Labor relations, and has participated in numerous negotiations on behalf of both the Kansas City AFL-CIO and the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City.
Mrs. Williams is the current chairwoman of the Economic Development Council of Kansas City, a not-for-profit organization working to promote economic development, facilitate redevelopment and provide business retention services in Kansas City, MO. The EDC also assists the City of Kansas City in administering tax incentive and development programs.
Additionally, Mrs. Williams has served as: