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A Construction Success Story


When Crossland Construction Company founder, Ivan Crossland Sr., lost his battle with cancer in 2003, Ivan Jr. was ready with a vision for the company and the passion to take on the responsibility. Ivan Sr. and his wife Virginia had raised a family of ten children (four girls and six boys). All six brothers now own the company and are actively involved in the daily management. Ivan serves as CEO, with Bennie as President and Curt, Michael, Christopher and Patrick serving as Executive Vice Presidents, but they all agree the buck stops with Ivan Jr.

Crossland Construction has built a proven track record of constructing educational facilities (K-12), higher education buildings, retail, healthcare, commercial office, hospitality, sports/recreation, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. Ivan’s belief that education is the key to the future has been the driving force behind the relentless commitment to training and education that has been the foundation of this achievement. The company has continued to invest in employee development and training when most construction firms are cutting back.

Ivan Jr. not only leads Crossland Construction Company, but his entrepreneurial spirit extends to its sister company, Crossland Heavy Contractors, as well as their growing Real Estate Development division. His passion for the industry extends outward as well. He was elected as the 2011 Board of Trustees Chairperson for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a not-for-profit education foundation created in 1996, to develop standardized construction education/training curricula and to help address the critical skilled construction workforce shortage.

Crossland Construction Company was founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1979 by Ivan Crossland Sr. The revenue growth of the firm, relative to other builders in the United States, is documented in Engineering News Record annual survey of top contractors. The company, under Ivan Jr.’s leadership, broke into the top 400 in 2000 and entered the top 100 in 2010.

In addition to the ranking among the top 100 in the United States according to Engineering News Record, it has also been recognized as a leading metal building contractor, steel erector and concrete contractor. Columbus, Kansas is headquarters and the company now operates offices in Wichita and Kansas City, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Rogers, Arkansas and Prosper, Texas. Crossland offers Pre-Construction Services, Construction Management, Design/Build and General Contracting and employs more than 800 quality craftsmen, steel erectors, operators and management personnel.

When all is said and done, it is at the very core of the company and absolutely a part of Ivan’s DNA to have a strong faith in overcoming all obstacles and achieve great things. Ivan Jr. is famous for the following challenge to employees, “Are you in, or are you out?”

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