Hoerr Construction History
Hoerr Construction president Max Hoerr II continues the family legacy begun in 1914 when his grandfather, Philipp J. Hoerr, established P.J. Hoerr. Three generations later, Max began managing the underground division of P.J. Hoerr and introduced Central Illinois to its first directional bore rig. In 1994 Max spun off from P.J. Hoerr with the entire underground division, to begin Hoerr Construction, Inc.
Hoerr Construction, Inc. was founded on January 1st, 1994 with 12 employees. In its early days, our company performed directional boring, conduit installation, manhole replacement, and water and sanitary sewer construction. Customers included power companies like CILCO and Illinois Power, now Ameren owner owned companies, and phone and fiber companies like AT & T, Sprint, Caterpillar, Ameritech, QST, Alltel, McLeod, Gallatin River and GTE.
Hoerr Construction Services Timeline
- 1989: Began performing directional boring
- 1992: First installed water main and started doing hot taps
- 1992: Started sewer work
- 2002: Began sewer cleaning and televising; bought first TV truck and vactor truck
- 2003: Introduced industrial cleaning services
- 2005: Started performing sanitary and storm sewer CIPP (Cured-in-Place-Pipe) lining
- 2010: Lateral lining work introduced
- 2011: Services included line-stops & Insta-Valves
- 2012: Began working with T-liners and Vac-a-Tees
With a current staff of 30, Hoerr Construction has enjoyed tremendous growth as a company. Building on our family legacy of quality, we strive to evolve by investing in state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch employee training. The entire Hoerr Construction team contributes to the company’s continued growth and success in the underground construction industry by quickly adopting new technologies and embracing innovation.
Max P. Hoerr II, President
As a third-generation contractor, president Max Hoerr has experience in building, road work and underground utilities. He received his first laborer’s card in 1980 and graduated two years later from Purdue University with a degree in Building Construction Technology. He became a project manager of a job for the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1986, installing one-third of the conduit and MH telecom infrastructure in just six months.
Max began working in various positions at P.J. Hoerr, taking over the underground division in 1990 and moving it to the newly formed Hoerr Construction firm four years later. From 1995-2000, he oversaw directional boring, fiber installation, water main and sanitary sewer installation projects. The company installed 55 miles of continuous fiber to schools in Tazewell County during this period.
From 2002-2012, Max became involved with sewer cleaning, industrial cleaning, lateral lining, line-stops, Insta-Valves, T-liners and Vac-a-tees, and televising and CIPP (cured-in-place-pipe) lining of sanitary and storm mains. He has acted as board member and statewide chair of UCA since 2009, and is a member of GPCA, NUCA and NASTT.
Max continues to seek out new technology and implement it into underground construction applications used by Hoerr Construction. Max Hoerr was born and raised in Central Illinois, and is married with seven children.
Robert (Bob) J. Kilbride, Vice President
Bob Kilbride has been on board at Hoerr Construction since 1994. His diverse experience and well-rounded education helped pave the way for his role at Hoerr. After graduating in 1990 from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point with a double major in history and psychology, he completed the management training program at Saga Foods after it was purchased by the Marriott Corporation.
Following a period of employment in various Illinois food service management positions, Bob joined the office team at the P.J. Hoerr-owned Meadowbrook in 1990. The following year, he received an associate's degree in business from Illinois Central College and began handling payroll, union reports and equipment budgets at P.J. Hoerr.
Just a year after becoming a CPA, Bob received his laborer’s card and began working in the field. He was instrumental in the planning of Hoerr Construction, Inc. Since then, his duties for the company have included worked in the field, performing bid work, and planning structure, budgets and manpower needs. Bob has played a major role in steering the direction of the company and maintaining a goal-oriented focus. A native of Ashland, Wisconsin, Bob is married with three children.
Dave Steffen, Project Manager
David Steffen first began in the construction industry working for a custom homebuilder in the Peoria area while attending Bradley University. During his last year at Bradley, he began working part-time for Hoerr Construction, Inc. as a laborer. After graduating in 2003 with a BS in Construction and a minor in Management, he started full time with Hoerr Construction, Inc. as an estimator/project manager.
David’s current duties include estimating and project management for water and sewer construction projects as well as linestops and insta-valves. A native of Congerville, he is married with two children.
Mike Kaisner, Project Manager
Mike Kaisner has been involved with sewer lining and trenchless rehab at Hoerr Construction, Inc. since 2007. His job responsibilities include sales and estimating for the sewer rehab division as well as CIPP wet-out operations. Mike has been involved in the construction industry since 1998 when he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in business management.
Dave Stahl, Project Manager
Dave Stahl started his career in construction in 1996 as a laborer for a paving/excavation contractor in the Chicagoland area. Dave worked his way from laborer to operator to foreman to superintendent running underground crews in locations as varied as the Bahamas to the US Virgin Islands. Dave is the newest team member at Hoerr Construction, Inc. joining in 2013 as project manager. His duties as project manager range from running and bidding work to scheduling underground and directional bore crews and training Hoerr Construction, Inc. employees.