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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 experience.

Recent Career Highlights
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 reconstruction market.

Imperial Iron Works, 1996 - 1997
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 - 1996
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 Steel Erector.

Yonkers Contracting Company, 1989 - 1993
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 - 1989
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 - 1984
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 Koch.

Karl Koch Erecting Company, 1955 - 1972
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.

Attended Manhattan College, Civil Engineering

Married, Five 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.

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