This week marks the 40th anniversary of local contractor, PARIC Corporation. Founded in April, 1979 as a partnership between Paul J. McKee, Jr. and his wife, Midge, and Richard F. Jordan and his wife, LaVona. After much discussion and brainstorming, the partners agreed on a clear vision for a unique type of construction company, specializing in design-build projects.
The name PARIC is an acronym for the combination of the first names of the company founders: Paul and Rick’s Company.
Paul and Rick began business in a small, 1.200 sq. ft. office in the Westport area of St. Louis with the credo of “People Make the Difference.” During the early days, the founders’ families took turns cleaning the company office and warehouse with help from their children. One of whom, Joe McKee is PARIC’s owner and CEO today.
During its 40 years in business, PARIC has worked to create a fulfilling work experience. For instance, PARIC offers a variety of benefits to its employees and creates a fulfilling, family-focused atmosphere. As a result, more than 30 percent of PARIC employees have remained with the company for more than ten years.
PARIC is a leading general contractor, construction manager and design-build firm in the St. Louis region. PARIC is also one of the largest privately held companies in the Midwest. The company specializes in senior living, healthcare, historic renovation, hospitality and multi-family residential, public and academic projects, as well as interior specialty projects. PARIC manages construction projects for long-term and repeat clients. The projects range from universities and banks to hotels, restaurants, warehouses and trade centers.