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Company Profile: Kiewit Pacific Co.

Nationally, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. has been around since 1884. Locally, the company’s Hawaii subsidiary, Kiewit Pacific Co., has existed for about 20 years.

In the islands, Kiewit has had to do battle with the big guys often. It shows in the decrease in their Hawaii sales for 1999. When Hawaii Business contacted Kiewit’s area manager John Bley, he was waiting for word about the military’s Camp Smith project, for which the company had put in a bid. When we called him back to see whether it was good news or bad news, he answered, "Well, depends on how you look at it. Good news for Dick Pacific, bad news for us."

But don’t feel bad for this construction giant just yet. Gross revenues nationally in 1998 were $3 billion and the company is consistently ranked among the top 10 in trade publications, such as the Engineering News Record.

Bley sees the company’s current Hawaii situation as a matter of being in the right place at the right time, as well as being selective with opportunities.

As a mainland contractor in a land of limited construction jobs, the company has had to focus its resources on areas offering more work, specifically the continental United States. "Things are booming on the mainland. Over here, we kind of picked and chose the jobs," Bley says. "But right now, we don’t see the opportunities that we have in the past."

— GAA

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