Cardinal Construction has been an active member of the Fond du Lac community for 37 years. We have served the commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal, religious, recreation & private sectors in our community proudly. As we celebrate 27 years in the construction industry, we thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to reflect on our progress.
Dick Cardinal started the company in 1980 in a 10′ x 10′ bedroom in his home with himself as the only employee. In 1984, he moved the company to 66 E. Scott Street to house the growing business. In 1991, he made another move to our current location on Industrial Parkway. In 2002, we expanded our offices to what we thought would accommodate us for years to come. Less than three years later, we completed another office expansion. What started out as a one-man operation, currently employs an office staff of 5 and field staff of 20-50.
Cardinal’s first job was a small commercial remodeling project. Upon completion of that project, Dick landed a residential home project and needed to hire his first employee. His first bonded job was for the City of Fond du Lac. He had to take out a mortgage on his house in order to secure a bond for the project. We recently asked Dick if there were any decisions that he made over the years that stand out above the others and he replied: “(yes, the decision of) …going into business!” We are all truly thankful that he made that decision. He described the early years as the most difficult. “The interest rates were between 18 and 20% and it was very difficult to get work.” He must have found a way…
In 2001, Dick’s son Todd became the President of Cardinal Construction after serving 18 years as both a carpenter and an estimator in the business. Todd runs this second generation business the same way that his father did for over 20 years. He believes in dedication to high quality workmanship and developing customer loyalty is the blueprint to being a successful General Contractor. Although we have grown over the past 25 years, our core values remain unchanged. We still believe that hard work, dedication and attention to the details differentiate ourselves from others. We are all part of a team and teamwork leads to successful projects.