75 Stories: John Clark
2021 marks the 75th Anniversary for Clark Construction Company. To celebrate, we’re using our employee’s voices to explain the impact Clark has made to ourselves, fellow teammates, communities, and clients. This is John’s story.
My first paycheck from Clark was in 1959. After a hitch in the Armed Forces and going to Michigan State University—while working summers and weekends—I became a full-time employee in 1967. I have seen and been a part of an evolution from a general contractor that did projects within a 50-mile radius from Lansing, working primarily for the automotive industry. Then to today as a construction manager that works statewide across Michigan and out-of-state on a variety of projects, from infrastructure to higher education.
We have had many good years as a firm with an occasional difficult period, but through all of this time my greatest satisfaction has been our Clark people. Their ability to function as a team, adapt to change, and to collaborate with owners and design professionals to complete some great projects, and make us one of the top 200 contractors in the United States, is a massive endeavor. A huge amount of credit should be given to our Dad, Leon Clark, who balanced the needs of a family of eleven with the help of our mother, Frances, to build a business that he would be proud of today.
“We have had many good years as a firm with an occasional difficult period, but through all of this time my greatest satisfaction has been our Clark people.”