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Killian Construction switches up leadership

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A new leadership structure is in place as Springfield-based general contractor Killian Construction Co. is looking down the pike at a company record $250 million in contracted projects, officials say.

Killian Construction hired Chad Clay as CEO in February to focus on efforts such as organization and process improvement, financial guidance and employee development. Clay helps fill the void left by John Ghirardelli, the company’s former president who exited the business in May 2013 for undisclosed reasons, according to Springfield Business Journal archives. Bill Killian since has served both as president and CEO, and Clay said Killian now works only as president.

“Bill’s forte is client relations, sales, marketing, finding good deals (and) good construction opportunities out there,” Clay said this morning. “That’s what he needs to focus on.”

Clay comes to the firm from Prime Inc., where he has worked over 20 years, most recently as manager of special projects. Clay, who stayed on in a consulting role at Prime, said he’s tasked with facilitating new growth at Killian Construction - of which Prime owner Robert Low is an investor - as well as addressing its project backlog.  

“Chad is a quick study, a problem solver and is known for his direct approach to business,” Killian said in a news release. “He has been a catalyst for change and growth in several business groups and has succeeded in this while remaining well respected among his peers.”

On deck for the executives is a host of projects, including a $16.2 million set of youth sports ball fields in Alabama, as well as other projects not yet finalized for the greater Blue Collar Country development, including a hotel and events center, Clay said. Financing hurdles remain for the $200 million development, according to SBJ archives.

The company also has signed on to construct an expansion for Calypso Resort & Towers in Panama City Beach, Fla., and other condo projects along the Gulf Coast, as well as contracts in Arizona, New Jersey and Utah.[[In-content Ad]]

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