Keller Inc. co-owner Nathan
Laurent stands at the front desk of the business
Friday afternoon in Germantown. The business works
with architects, planners and builders.
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GERMANTOWN — Keller Inc., a design and build general
contractor, opened a Milwaukee regional office in
Germantown and hopes to add 15 employees.
Sitting in the newly renovated building on Goldendale
Road, Project Manager Nathan Laurent, interior designer
Stephanie Pacocha and architect Chris Manske talked
Laurent said Keller started in 1960 in Kaukauna and has
offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and
“They were already doing a lot of work both agricultural
and commercial in the Milwaukee area,” Laurent said. “It
was a way to better serve our clients in this area. A
place for meeting staff that was local. We wanted more
of a labor impact on the construction part of our
The Milwaukee regional office in Germantown opened June
1 and Pacocha said it has a wide customer base.
“We primarily serve every market available,” Laurent
A look at the Keller Inc. on
Friday afternoon in Germantown.
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Medical and dental offices in the Milwaukee area are one
of its biggest sectors. It also works in manufacturing
Manske gave an example that the company is working on a
BP convenience store in Lomira that burnt down. “It will
be a BP and a Taco Bell.”
Laurent said they constructed the Ozaukee Ice Center and
have a number of projects in Hartford.
Manske said another segment is manufacturing warehouses.
When a company is looking to develop a project with
Keller, Laurent said they complete a needs assessment
and then work with the client’s budget to determine what
level of finish the client can achieve.
Laurent said the hardest part is financing.
“Our accounting staff can work with clients about
financing,” Laurent said. “We have a lot of strategic
partners in the industry that will help financing.”
Pacocha said interior designers work with clients
throughout the process and recommend ways for clients to
achieve their goals functionally and aesthetically.
Keller would like to grow the Milwaukee regional office
in Germantown. Laurent said there are 10 employees there
and they’d like to add 15. There are more than 200
employees at Keller.
“We only have one construction crew here now,” Laurent
said. “Keller is very actively seeking carpentry crews,
steel erection and experience concrete crews.
“It’s been hard for us to find people down here. We want
to grow our staff to six crews in the area of varying
He said last year Keller did $30 million in business in
southeast Wisconsin and this year they expect to do
about $50 million.
Laurent said he would encourage business owners to
contact Keller because it has the best format for
small-business owners and owner-operated businesses.
“I know Keller does it better than anyone in the state,”
Pacocha said it doesn’t matter how big or small the
“We will do things as small as install a door or move a
wall,” Manske said. “The thought being that is a
customer and we hope to be their go-to builder when they
decide they want an addition.”
Manske said Keller also has an Employee Stock Ownership
Program, which is rare in its industry.
“Every one of those 200 employees also has part
ownership in the company,” Manske said. “You really have
everyone thinking I’m part owner in this company and I
want to do my best to make sure it’s successful. Our
clients know how much every employee takes pride in the
To learn more about Keller, visit
www.kellerbuilds.com or call 262-250-9710.
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