Our History

pix-horace-dealHBD Construction, Inc. was originally founded in 1922 by Horace B. Deal as H.B. Deal & Company, Inc. The company successfully completed a wide range of projects in its early years, including monumental and memorial buildings, churches, schools, hospitals, industrial plants, commercial structures, and housing projects. In short, they covered the construction of buildings of every size and kind.

During the years of World War II, all efforts of the company were devoted to construction work for the United Sates Government. This devotion was rewarded when the War Department selected H.B. Deal & Co. as the recipient for the Army-Navy E Award, the Department’s highest recognition of achievement. The award was given in June of 1943 in connection with the Ozark Ordnance Works, but it also applied to all of the war construction work the company completed.

After Horace B. Deal’s retirement, his sons Bill and Clarence started H.B. Deal Construction, Inc. and ran the company until their retirement in 1978. H.B.D. Contracting, Inc. was then started by longtime employees Daniel O’Keefe Jr., Russell Shilt and Melvin Schaefer, who ran the company until 2004 when Michael Perry, Brian Kowert and Daniel O’Keefe III took over the company and started HBD Construction, Inc.  Brian’s son, Brian C. Kowert, joined the company and is now partners with Mike and Brian.

In 2020, HBD Construction formally merged with Russell – a Construction and Development firm headquartered in Davenport, IA. Together, as Russell HBD, we will continue a rich tradition of providing expert general contracting and construction management services by delivering quality and integrity on every project, from conception to completion, continuing the tradition HBD Construction started in 1922.

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HBD timeline