Company History/Timeline

William "Bill" Burgett

P198 - Pg 224 Bill holding iron truss in New Hope BridgeKokosing’s founder, William “Bill” Burgett was a farm boy with humble beginnings – a visionary and a man of courage and integrity. Bill was bestowed with God-given talent, aspirations and innate knowledge of how to build things with his hands.  It was in 1951 in the small town of Fredericktown, where two men, Bill Burgett and Lester Rinehart started turning work into jobs so they could feed their families. In the early days, odd jobs included building and remodeling houses, barns, churches, schools, a milk house and several small commercial projects.

Guided by Christian values, Bill was supported by friends, mentors, family and the people who worked for the company. The second and third generations of Bill’s family have inherited his tenacity for perfection, integrity and the same Christian values that are the foundation of the company. They have prepared themselves through education and learned well from their father and grandfather who has been their mentor and role model. Today, Kokosing has a workforce that provides jobs to over 3,000 people and completes over $1 billion in annual revenue.

Kokosing Materials, Inc. has been in the asphalt production business since 1980 when we were founded by our parent company, Kokosing Construction.  What began with the purchase of one asphalt plant located in Fredericktown, Ohio has grown through the gradual acquisition of existing asphalt companies and the purchase of additional plants. Kokosing Materials has expanded into a company that today operates multiple asphalt plants throughout the state of Ohio. This includes one portable asphalt plant that can be moved to locations or jobsites as needed and two liquid asphalt terminals.  In 2005, Kokosing Materials constructed a SBS polymer plant to assure that all liquid supplied to our asphalt plants is internally tested in our AMRL certified laboratory and of the highest quality.