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Commercial | MESSER CONSTRUCTION CO.
with all levels of airport construction, including terminal renovations, parking structures, air shipment facilities, rental car facilities,
baggage-handling systems, explosive detection systems, rescue and
fire facilities, aircraft maintenance facilities and aprons, ramps and
Messer has worked on projects for a variety of airports including
Charlotte Douglas International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
International, John Glenn Columbus International, Louisville International and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Messer prides itself on offering innovative building solutions
and expertise that exceed customer expectations. It says its
mission focuses on leading the building construction process for
sustained growth and profitability through performance that
creates value for its customers, a company-wide commitment to
a safe work environment, ethical business practices and an environment where individual professional growth is the foundation
for company growth.
takes pride in offering
innovative building solutions
and expertise to clients.
Founded by Frank Messer, Frank Messer & Sons Inc. started by focusing on public works. Some of its first projects included the construction of a central post office in Nashville, Tenn., a public library in
Toledo, Ohio, and a number of schools in Cincinnati.
Messer started picking up speed in the 1940s. It was awarded a
contract to build a $37 million Wright Aeronautical Plant in Even-
dale, Ohio. At that time, it was considered to be the largest building
award ever let under one contract in the United States. More than
12,000 people worked on its construction.
Also during that decade, the company constructed the Life Science
Building at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and the Terrace
Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.
During the 1950s, Messer came under the leadership of Frank
Messer's son, Charles Messer, and its focus began to shift to highrise construction.
Some of the company's notable projects during that time include
the Cincinnati Public Library, which was completed in 1952, and the
University of Cincinnati's Armory Field House in 1954. The building
was home to university basketball from 1954 to 1989, including two
men's NCAA championship teams. Today, it serves as a multi-use
facility for university athletics.
During the 1980s, Messer started focusing on attracting and retaining high-performing construction professionals and building the
company's capacity for performance. In 1987, the company reached
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