History

Verkler Incorporated began in 1935 as Harry H. Verkler Contractor, Inc.  Harry Verkler, the company’s namesake, was a Chicago carpenter who was privileged to be working for the company that built the famous Notre Dame Football Stadium.  That project allowed Mr. Verkler to put down roots in South Bend, Indiana.  It was there that he started his own construction company bearing his name.

Like many other Americans, Harry Verkler served his country during World War II, and when he returned to South Bend after the war, work was plentiful.  With the post-war industrial boom going, Harry H. Verkler Contractor, Inc. began to prosper.  Several buildings in the South Bend area carry the trademark of Harry H. Verkler Contractor, Inc. as well as the legacy of quality and customer service the company holds dear to this day.

Harry Verkler, after twenty-five years in the construction business, decided to retire in 1960.  It was in that year that Harlan Lusk, Pete Benjamin, and Bob Koopman, long-time trusted employees, purchased the company.  The hard work and dedication of these three individuals laid the foundation for the future growth of Harry H. Verkler, Contractor, Inc.  Bob Koopman over saw field operations and became a familiar face on every Verkler Project.  Pete Benjamin provided oversight of the estimating and project management.  Pete’s relationships with architects and owners made Verkler a name synonymous with quality and integrity.  Pete was involved with many notable projects at the University of Notre Dame.

Today, Fred and Jim Lusk are the owners of what is now simply called Verkler, Inc.  By retaining the namesake of the company, Verkler, Inc. is able to carry on a tradition of values that spans nearly 80 years. 


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