Sadownikow, partner open business

By DAVE RANK - Daily News Staff

Dec. 9, 2013

The exterior of American Design and Build Inc. is seen Thursday in West Bend.    
John Ehlke/Daily News Staff

WEST BEND - West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow is now in charge of two construction-related businesses.

The president of the family-run American Design and Build Inc., with former project manager Todd Weyker, have started American Construction Services Inc.

The new firm is at 3350 S. River Road, unit 2, in West Bend’s River Road Industrial Park. That multi-unit building is owned by American Design and Build, and houses five businesses run by Sadownikow family members.

The two firms will maintain a business relationship, the mayor said, with ACS handling the “build” functions and American Design and Build concentrating on “design.”

Sadownikow has been the city’s part-time mayor since 2010 and will seek re-election in April.

“I am very proud of my son, Kraig, who I have had the pleasure of working closely with over the past 16-plus years. I wish him all the best in this new endeavor and I hope that ACS will even hire me on a project-by-project basis,” Kons Sadownikow said. He is the founder of American Design and Build.

“This new company, ACS, will be focusing exclusively on construction management,” co-owner and Vice President Weyker said, “and will be working with owners, design firms, contractors and municipalities across the Midwest to take their plans through to a completed project.

“This is work I love to do, and I’m excited to move forward with my ownership and management roles in this new company.”

ACS has a staff of seven, said Kraig Sadownikow, the new firm’s president, all formerly employed by American Design and Build. “We’re eagerly looking forward to hiring more in 2014. We hope that will work out.”

Starting their own business was a big decision, Kraig Sadownikow said.

“While fragile, I see many positive signs in the financial, industrial and real estate development markets,” he said. “The uncertain economic conditions over the past five years or so have delayed our decision to start the new firm, but we feel the timing is now right to move ahead - with confidence.”

American Design and Build was incorporated in 1997, the mayor said in a written announcement, and is the latest iteration of a company his father started in 1980.

“American Design and Build Inc. is not going anywhere,” Kraig Sadownikow said. It has changed over the years and will continue to operate as an architectural and design firm.”

Father and son will continue to manage American Design and Build, which will finish a few in-progress construction projects, Kraig Sadownikow said. “Thereafter, that firm will focus almost exclusively on design services.”

Architect Pat Storrs and draftsman Scott Kintopf with more than 50 combined years of experience remain with American Design and Build, he said.

The creation of ACS has been discussed since 2007, Kraig Sadownikow said, “when my father ... expressed a desire to step back and start spending more time with friends and family up north.” Kraig Sadownikow said. 

“I’m looking forward to my new role as full-time grandpa and part-time employee as opposed to the other way around.” Kons Sadownikow, 71, said, “This is an exciting time for Kraig, his family and his new company. I have all the confidence in the world that he will make it a success.”