Michels Family

Michels Construction, Inc. was founded by Paul and Kate Michels in conjunction with their sons Paul J. Michels, Pete Michels and Vince Michels. They officially commenced business on January 1, 1981.

Despite local economic conditions at the time, the family saw tremendous growth potential in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Business took off and three additional siblings Ellen Zembrodt, Joe Michels, and John Michels joined the business several years later.

The groundwork that would provide a foundation of success for the company began decades earlier with Paul Michels Sr. Before and after his tour in the Korean War, he worked tirelessly with several reputable contractors in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area to build his experience with heavy/highway construction. This early training focused extensively on the underground, concrete, and asphalt paving areas. Paul Sr. passed this in-depth knowledge and experience on to his children in their formative years of learning the business.

From those modest beginnings the company has grown to more than 75 employees, all of which are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to get the job done right.

Historical Timeline

  • 1981 – After 30 plus years in the construction business, Paul Michels, his wife Kate and three oldest sons founded Paul Michels & Sons, Inc.
  • 1982 – Incorporated utilities (sanitary, storm, water) into the operations.
  • 1983 – Purchased L.E. Bergin Asphalt adding blacktop production to the company’s services. The name was subsequently changed to Michels Paving Co., Inc. in 1984.
  • Late 1980’s – Incorporated site grading into operations.
  • 1988 – The company entered into the development business with the incorporation of KEMM Development. The first successfully completed project with this venture was the Mars Hill subdivision in Hebron, Kentucky, and in the late 1990’s, in a partnership with Dick Crist, development of Hidden Creek subdivision in Burlington, Ky. began.
  • 1998 – Purchased Alexandria Contractors and expanded concrete operations.
  • 2000 – Moved maintenance operations to the current Hebron location in new 12,000 s.f building.
  • 2001 - Opened new asphalt plant in Hebron expanding mixing capacity by 200 percent.
  • 2006 - Moved office staff to Hebron site to consolidate operations in new 4500 s.f. office.
  • 2010 - 2012 – Founders Paul and Kate Michels stepped back from the daily operations and in 2012 officially transferred all of the daily operations and ownership to their sons.

Some of the more notable projects that Michels Construction has managed and/or worked on in the region include Kenwood Towne Center, Governor’s Hill, Buttermilk Towne Center, Cold Spring Crossing, Walton Towne Center, ID/KBD, Airpark, ProLogis, Triple Crown Development, Mazak, Newport Pavillion and McLane Food Services.