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Celebrating 100 Years in Business

The History of Dalton-Killinger Construction Company

In 1917, George Dalton, his new wife Nellie, and his fathers best carpenter, John Heidy, left their homes in Junction City, Kansas and traveled to Fort Huachuca, Arizona to build barracks to house soldiers training to fight in World War I. This was the beginning of Dalton Construction Company. George and John had worked for George’s father, J.P. Dalton in Junction City, Kansas prior to that. After the barracks project was completed, they returned to Junction City and worked there with J.P. again, but in 1922 moved to Pittsburg, Kansas and joined with Messenger Construction to build the Besse Hotel, several buildings on the PSU Campus and numerous other buildings in the southwest Kansas area.

In 1939 Dalton Construction moved to Joplin, Missouri, where they remodeled the Spiva Building at Fourth and Wall Streets and rented an office on the second floor. Everett Killinger, who had met Nancy Dalton in 1942 at a USO dance while stationed at Camp Crowder married her in 1942 and came to work with George in 1946. Everett became an estimator and worked with him as an estimator through the 1950’s taking the leadership position as George retired. Upon George’s death in 1960 the company name was changed to Dalton-Killinger Construction Company and it’s mission continued in commercial construction and remodeling. Chuck Killinger began working for Dalton-Killinger in 1963, part time, during school vacations as a laborer and became a carpenter in 1970, working in the field and in the office, learning to estimate. Chuck became president in 1980. 

In 1976 Tamko Roofing took over the Spiva Building for their offices and Dalton-Killinger moved to 312 Wall, upstairs. We stayed there until 2001, when our home became 1301 West Fourth Street.

Shane McDaniel came to work at Dalton-Killinger in 1989, as an estimator/project manager, after training at PSU, working at Snyder Brothers Construction and in a commercial construction partnership. Since then he has managed several large projects and continues to manage our work at Freeman Hospital. Shane is now Vice President of the company.

Either Chuck , Shane, Justin or Tim are qualified to manage a project of any size for your business, government, school or any commercial job.