Established in 1980 by veteran Charles (Chuck) Poettker in Breese, IL, Poettker Construction celebrates 40 years of work and dedication for the United States Armed Forces and its veterans.
Since its inception, Poettker Construction has established partnerships and conducted repeat business with multiple branches of the Department of Defense, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Naval Facility Engineering Command, which has positioned the company as one of the largest defense contractors in the greater St. Louis area.
Throughout its history, Poettker Construction has fostered and maintained a corporate culture of respect, courtesy, and teamwork stemming from Charles Poettker’s unwavering bravery in the United States Army. He served as a Specialist 4th Class assigned to Alpha Company, 3-187th Infantry Battalion, 101st Airborne Division stationed at Camp Evans, South Vietnam.
In April 1971, Poettker and his unit were given orders into Laos to rescue two door gunners and recover the bodies of the pilot and co-pilot of a downed helicopter. This grueling journey back to safety earned him a U.S. Army Bronze Star for heroic service in a combat zone. He prayed that if he made it out alive, he would dedicate his life to building something of value. Celebrating 40 years of quality work, Poettker Construction is just that today employing nearly 200 families and working in 26 states.
“It is from my father’s grit, determination and leadership that we have the privilege to continue the legacy of building relationships founded on unparalleled service, quality of work and safety for our people and business partners,” states Keith Poettker, president of Poettker Construction and son of Charles Poettker. “For 40 years, he established a company surpassing others when it comes to veteran mentorship, involvement and dedication.”
Named in the Top 3 Largest Veteran Owned Businesses by the Saint Louis Business Journal, Poettker Construction is an active member with the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC). The NVBDC holds a purpose to provide credible and reliable certifying authority ensuring Veteran ownership and control of businesses, while promoting and connecting Veteran-Owned businesses with corporate members.
Poettker Construction also serves as a mentor to Service-Disabled and Veteran Owned Small Businesses. Together with its partners, the company has successfully completed $70 million in contracts for the Department of Veterans Affairs to grow and supports its healthcare network. Key projects included patient care facility renovations, operating room expansions, mental health clinics, and campus operation support centers at VA facilities throughout the United States.