Walter Knight began Knight Construction back in 1925. It was a small company doing gravel work on county and state roads. The company ceased operations in 1929 when the banks closed, taking all available funds and shutting off credit.
The company was dormant in the 1930’s during the Depression and drought. In 1943 Walter formed a gravel company with Charlie Hyde and called it Knight and Hyde Construction. In 1946 Walter’s son Floyd, bought out Charlie Hyde. In 1950 Floyd started Knight Construction Company and began grading highways for the state. The company grew rapidly and by 1960 it had grown into one of the larger grading contractors in the state. In 1964 Robert Knight, Floyd’s son, started working full-time in the company. The company continued to prosper in the 60’s and 70’s.
In 1977, Floyd’s second son, Mark, Joined the firm. IN 1979, Mark left the company to pursue a small township gravel operation in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Floyd suddenly passed away in the fall of 1980. After the death of Floyd, Robert took the reigns of the company and acts as its’ President today. In 1982, Mark returned to the company and acts as Vice President today.
The company’s growing pains kicked in during the 1980’s. In an effort to create work opportunities and growth, the company branched out to projects in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota. In 1989, Foothills Contracting, Inc., a Wyoming Corporation, was formed. The 90’s provided years of growing pains. After a roller coaster or growth pains in the 80’s and 90’s, the company has found its’ solid foundation in the new century.
Today’s company is rich with construction history, solid with great leadership and employees, and looks at a full and bright future.