Concrete Specialists Since 1971 Serving Lincoln & Omaha
United in Quality, Integrity, and Professionalism to Create Excellence in Construction
Bob Stephens and Mike Smith grew up right here in Lincoln, NE. They first became friends while attending Lincoln High School. They came together and formed Stephens & Smith Construction Co., Inc. in 1971. In the early days they focused on flatwork. Then the purchase of their first set of foundation forms was made, and shortly thereafter they began pouring concrete foundations.
Their reputation as a premier concrete contractor in the Lincoln area grew, and soon they found Omaha building contractors were calling them to travel the sixty miles up the Interstate to work on projects there as well. In 1984 the company established a satellite office in the Omaha area to better serve the growing list of Omaha clients.
Due to this expansion, it became apparent to the partners that if they wanted to realize their company vision they needed to devise a method for hiring and retaining highly motivated and talented employees. They concluded that the key involved the hiring of talented working partners. A compensation system was devised that was uncommon to the construction industry. They felt that to achieve the success that they dreamed of, they needed to allow employees the ability to not only make a good living, but also to allow for the sharing in the profits and ownership of the company itself. This was accomplished with the establishment of a company employee stock ownership retirement plan.
Stephens and Smith Construction Company truly has, “An Owner on Every Project”.
The management style by Bob Stephens and Mike Smith, transformed the company from a relatively small Lincoln area concrete construction company into an employee owned regional company that is consistently ranked by Concrete Construction magazine as one of the top 100 most successful concrete construction companies in the nation.
What began as two friends who decided to become business partners in 1971, is now an organization with over 200 owners. It has been a great ride, every step of the way!