About Karl W. Koch III
Karl W. Koch III has a solid
track record in startup, turn-around and management in a variety of
difficult structural steel and bridge rehabilitation projects. He
has demonstrated highly successful bidding skills on major projects
as well as general management and problem solving skills. Earlier
experience as owner, director and operations manager of the nation's
largest independent steel erection company has been augmented by
administrative, sales, marketing, and high level steel consulting
As a steel erection consultant since 1985,
Mr. Koch has utilized problem solving expertise in the steel
construction industry. Services included bidding, contract planning,
purchasing, steel detailing, steel fabrication, steel erection,
negotiations with unions and re-negotiations of existing contracts
with state agencies. He successfully advised client's legal counsel
as to best methods to protect client's interest in difficult
existing contract situations. As a result of his efforts, two major
companies successfully entered into the lucrative bridge
Imperial Iron Works, 1996 -
Guided and developed a Spanish minority
contractor into industry recognition. Bid and awarded four "steel"
contracts totaling over $6,000,000. Arranged accounting discipline
and bonding as well as personally negotiated contracts. Ended
service September 1997.
Cornell & Company, 1993 -
As General Manager, New York Division, he
established liaison with unions, public agencies, minority
contractors and major General Contractors prepatory to bidding as a
General Contractor, a Joint Venture Partner, or as a Subcontract
Yonkers Contracting Company, 1989 -
Full time consultant aiding Yonkers Contracting
in becoming a major competitor in highly specialized bridge
reconstruction work. This specialty became a profit center for the
Building and Roadwork Contractor. The highly profitable
$400,000,000.00 in acquired contracts was augmented by
$40,000,000.00 in extra work contracts. He provided the estimates
and later procurement of furnishing and erecting structural steel,
shielding, work platforms, and other items such as lead abatement
and containment which were necessary for the successful performance
of the work. His work in developing a source for Traveling Platforms
and highly engineered containment systems has given Yonkers
Contracting Company opportunities for acquiring an additional
$50,000,000.00 in extra work on the Manhattan Bridge Contract and
approximately $20,000,000.00 on 3 other bridge contracts.
Slattery Construction Company, 1988 -
Provided an estimate for structural steel for a
contract they won on the Gowanus, Hamilton Avenue Viaduct. Prior to
being acquired by Skanska AB, Michael J. Flynn, President, was
considering appointing Mr. Koch to head up a new steel division at
Slattery. Skanska's ownership of Karl Koch Erecting Company of
Carteret, New Jersey precluded those considerations.
Schiavone Construction Company (SCC),
1988 - 1989
Thompson Avenue Bridge: Inspection and
analysis of the deterioration of the existing structure convinced
NYSDOT and the design engineer to redesign the entire super
structure. This change in contract proved most beneficial to (SSC).
Additionally, through his bidding efforts, SCC earned a $3,000,000
profit on a $8,000,000 repair contract for five movable bridges for
NJDOT. SCC's Senior Vice President stated "everything Koch touched
turned to gold."
D. Koch & Company, 1973 -
Karl W. Koch III was a one third partner with
Andris Zosuls and his brother Donald Koch's company. He financed and
consulted on all construction projects. He advised on the
administration of projects from bidding to award through completion.
Primary market of the firm during this period was bridge
rehabilitation, specializing in mechanical and structural
renovations to movable bridges. Karl Koch completed the contracts on
hand and liquidated the company after the premature death of Donald
Karl Koch Erecting Company, 1955 -
Between 1951 and 1974, Karl W. Koch III was a key
member of the family owned and operated Karl Koch Erecting Company,
Inc., Carteret, New Jersey. They enjoyed the longest uninterrupted
union relationship of any steel erector in the country. Karl W.
Koch III carried that tradition forward. He served in various
capacities: Timekeeper, Project Engineer, Assistant Superintendent,
Project Manager, Purchasing Agent, Vice President, and Executive
Vice President. In December of 1968, he became part owner with
control of 50% of the stock, and a member of the Board of Directors.
DUring the late 1950's and early 1960's, the company focused on
bridge repair work in New York City. They virtually performed over
50% of the available work during this period.
Highlights of his contributions to their many projects include:
- Established procedures for safety
- Established computerized cost controls
- Developed and purchased steel fabrication machinery and
systems for their plant in Carteret that broadened the enterprise
and gave the company a considerable bidding edge. He traveled
extensively in the United States, England, Germany, Switzerland
and Italy to investigate and later purchase the most advanced
numerically controlled, labor saving fabricating machinery
available at the time.
College, Civil Engineering
Children. Excellent Health. Past Associate Trustee North Shore
University Hospital, Division of Cornell Medical Center, Past
Trustee of Morality In Media, N.Y.. Enjoy golf, boating, and travel.