Time and again, owners are happy to have our signs on their construction sites throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. They recognize that Kirkland’s reputation for quality, integrity and permanence adds prestige to the project and reflects well on their own brands.
Our reputation is a direct result of the people we choose to have working for and with us. That is why 75 percent of our employees have been with the company for 10 years or more, and a third of our employees have been with us for more than 20 years. That kind of loyalty and experience sets Kirkland apart.
That was the plan from the start. From day one, our family-run business was built on a promise of quality and accountability uncommon among general contractors. Our commitment to that mission has led to a number of milestones along the way.
As an industrial arts teacher at Ferndale Middle School in High Point, North Carolina, Milton Kirkland’s chief lesson for students was what you build matters less than how you built it. After 10 years of instilling the importance of always doing the job right, Milton left teaching and, in 1977, turned a part-time business into a full-time passion: being High Point’s best custom-home builder.
After years of custom residential construction, and a handful of commercial renovations, Kirkland took on its first full-scale commercial project — the new Pennsylvania House Showroom at Green and Wrenn Streets in High Point. This high-visibility project was blindsided by several obstacles — including a three-week shutdown — yet the company still came in under the six months construction window. Word spread quickly in commercial building circles.
Through the late ’80s and early ’90s, the company grew exponentially; its portfolio of projects broadening in scale and reach to include industrial, retail, commercial and hospitality. A building boom along what is now Piedmont Parkway saw many — if not most — projects handled by Kirkland. Among those projects was the company’s new headquarters, built in 1996, where Kirkland remains today.
At the celebration of Kirkland’s 25th anniversary in 2002, Milton was surprised by his wife, Janice, with a 1930 Model A Ford truck. Since that time, the truck has advertised “We Build The Good Ones” in many Christmas parades.
Prime examples of Kirkland’s loyal employees ... Glenn Morgan retired in 2004 after a career spanning over 20 years as a Superintendent. Also pictured are Ronnie Overman, Project Manager, with Kirkland over 30 years, and Scott Kirkland with an 18-year tenure.
Milton Kirkland, Founder and President of Kirkland, Inc. since 1977, named his son, Scott, as Kirkland’s new President effective January 1, 2007. Milton remains Chairman and CEO.
In partnership with our hotel developer clients and major industry brands, Kirkland has built or presently has under construction over 2,000 upper scale, select-service guest rooms.
Through economic upheavals that rattled the construction industry, Kirkland’s commitment to its founding principles of quality, accountability and innovation kept the company strong and forward-moving. Today, Kirkland is building some of the most sophisticated and complex projects throughout its market area; “smart” educational, medical and professional buildings designed for the digital future.