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JE Dunn Construction Overview

Kansas City, MO
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
J. E. Dunn Construction can help you make your building plans a done deal. Operating as JE Dunn, the contractor offers general construction services, construction management, and design/build services throughout the US. JE Dunn works on projects in sectors including multifamily ... Read more

JE Dunn Construction – Why Work For Us?


At JE Dunn, we are committed to living out our purpose and vision while being true to our guiding principles. We defined our purpose just a few years ago: We exist to enrich lives through inspired people and places. We enrich lives through our community service work, our development programs for employees, and most importantly through the people who use the buildings we have the privilege of building. We have found that inspired people build inspired places. And these places create and foster inspiration in the communities they serve.

Our new vision statement simply gives the “How” to that why message. Our vision is to be an indispensable business partner for our clients by first understanding their purpose, goals and customers and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. We constantly strive to create an exceptional experience for our clients and maximize the value we bring to each and every project. We build for our clients, our communities, and the people who will use the remarkable facilities we have the privilege of building. We do all of this while remaining true to our Guiding Principles.

It's difficult to encapsulate a legacy of over 90 years. It may rest in the skyline of hometown Kansas City or in other communities across the country where JE Dunn cranes reach skyward.

Maybe it's in the ability to survive and grow as a family and employee-owned business, or in the way we have fostered loyalty among generations of employees.

One thing is certain: the JE Dunn legacy can be found in its spirit of excellence, of giving and growing into the 21st century, and its continued commitment to core values.

John Ernest Dunn (Ernie) founded JE Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City, Missouri in 1924. What began as a small, family-run residential contractor would eventually grow into one of the top general building contractors in the country with approximate annual revenues of $2.7 billion and 20 office locations coast-to-coast.

The years following JE Dunn Construction's founding were interesting times that saw the company building for the war effort, weathering economic ups and downs, and maintaining level-headedness while labor unions formed and civil rights struggles ensued. Still, throughout these periods of turmoil, the construction company grew. When Ernie Dunn passed away in 1964, the company's net worth was $1.4 million and it employed 35 people. The number and size of construction projects rose over the next ten years as JE Dunn Construction solidified its place as one of Kansas City's largest, most reliable, quality-minded commercial contractors.

In 1981, a core value of the company, giving to and meeting community needs, was recognized and formally structured through the establishment of the Dunn Family Foundation. The Foundation's emphasis then was the same as it is today: education, health and human services, youth, the disabled, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and community development. To this day, corporate and personal involvement in the communities in which we work is encouraged. In 2010, employees donated well over $700,000 to charities. On a national level, JE Dunn annually commits more than 10 percent of its pre-tax earnings to charities, a time-honored tradition of giving back to the community.

In 1990, JE Dunn Construction was a multi-faceted company employing 1,200 people in the field and office with revenues exceeding $155 million. Engineering News Record (ENR) ranked JE Dunn Construction 247th of the top 400 contractors nationally.

Expansion to areas outside of Kansas City became part of the growth strategy of the company. In 1990, controlling interest of Minneapolis-based Witcher Construction was acquired. In 1992, Drake Construction Company in Portland, Oregon became part of the team. In the late 1990's, LTB Contractors, Inc. of Houston was acquired and then Hughes/Smith, Inc., a Colorado Springs-based general contractor. January 2000 witnessed the acquisition of Atlanta's R. J. Griffin & Company General Contractors.

These acquisitions rounded out the JE Dunn Construction Company team. In 2015, we were ranked the tenth largest general building contractor in the United States.

Today, JE Dunn Construction is a leading provider of construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery. Its time honored tradition of delivering construction in a manner exceeding the expectation of clients holds true. We look forward to coming years as we give and grow into the 21st century.

Community Involvement

JE Dunn is proud of our commitment to donate over 10 percent of pre-tax earnings to charities around the country. The majority of JE Dunn employees spend time volunteering throughout the year in organizations such as educational and youth development, healthcare research, sustainability efforts, religious groups, arts and cultural foundations, and many more. Through the efforts of employees and
the support of the Dunn Family Foundation, JE Dunn supported more than 300 philanthropies last year. JE Dunn has created an environment for employees which encourages them to get involved in the communities in which they live and work. We aren't just dedicated to building buildings, we are committed to building better communities. 

Building Careers. Building Better.

"Get the best people you can get, give them interesting and challenging work and let them share whatever rewards there are in the company."

- John Ernest "Ernie" Dunn, Founder -

We're always on the lookout for great people, both in the workplace and in the community. The talent that walks in our door is the foundation of our growth and success. A supportive atmosphere, recognition, and personal growth are satisfying career elements at JE Dunn.


  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Service Awards
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center*
  • Cafeteria*
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • 401(k)
  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • Direct Deposit
  • Paid vacation and holidays

*Some locations

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    Great people, focused strategy, high performance organization with excellent rewards shared by all. Put employees and their families first, even before clients. Community givers


    Must be a high performer to advance. Talent is strong

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at JE Dunn Construction in April 2018.


    Talked to them at a career fair at college. They called me about a week after to set up an interview at their office. Talked with a senior project manager and an lower level project manager. Was a very good experience they were very nice and professional.

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JE Dunn Construction Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Nashville (Medium), Nashville Business Journal, 2012

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