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King Construction History

A History for Being Iowa’s Local General Contractor

We’re proud of our humble beginnings that helped us grow to be one of Iowa’s top construction companies.

The Beginning: Founded in 1947 by Cecil King, King Construction has grown from a company specializing in agricultural grain bins and buildings to one recognized throughout Central Iowa as a leader in commercial, agricultural, industrial, and residential building design and construction. Headquartered in Iowa Falls, Iowa, for nearly 70 years, with just four different ownerships, our company has successfully partnered with thousands of businesses, farmers, non-profit organizations and private property owners to help them achieve their building goals and dreams.

Evolving into Carpentry: In the mid 1970’s, upon Cecil’s retirement the business was acquired by LaVerne Sharar, and the King Construction tradition continued on under his direction. LaVerne also owned Ackerman’s, a lumber yard based in Alden, Iowa, and during his tenure, King Construction began doing carpentry projects to compliment both businesses and utilize carpentry crews.

In the late 1980’s Kevin Knutson purchased the business from LaVerne Sharar, and the business continued to flourish. Kevin added an Overhead Door Division to the company and maintained the King Construction and Overhead Door tradition.

Growing and Expanding: During the summer of 1997, the current owners, Lance and Lincoln Sharar, purchased the business. Their vision was to continue the long-lasting reputation of King Construction and expand the business to serve the construction needs of Central Iowa. In 2011, King’s has opened locations in Clear Lake, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.

Our Commitment to Iowa Construction

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By combining creative design capabilities with quality products in masonry, concrete, wood or Butler manufactured buildings, we create buildings that solve life’s challenges: storage, the need for expansion, or the desire to make a house a home.

For nearly 70 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing uncompromised service to our clients and extending professional growth opportunities to our employees. We listen to our clients, share their values and respond to their needs. It is our greatest pride helping our clients as we take their dream and construct it into reality.

Full-service Construction Teams

The professionals at King Construction & Overhead Door, Inc. are among the most talented, experienced and personable construction teams in the Upper Midwest. We’re proud to have longevity of expertise on our teams:

  • Engineers
  • Draftsmen
  • Project Superintendents
  • Project Managers
  • Carpenters
  • Steel Erectors
  • Concrete Finishers
  • Sales Representatives

From planning to job site construction to final construction finishings, King Construction oversees every critical detail.