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Walsh & Kelly, an 88-year-old Griffith construction firm, becomes Milestone Contractors after merger

Walsh & Kelly, an 88-year-old Griffith construction firm, becomes Milestone Contractors after merger

Walsh & Kelly asphalt plant

The Walsh & Kelly asphalt plant in LaPorte is shown shortly after it was completed. The long-time Region company has merged with two other Indiana construction companies.

Walsh & Kelly Inc., an 88-year-old Griffith-based construction firm, merged with Milestone Contractors in Indianapolis and Wabash Valley Asphalt in Terre Haute.

The new firm will serve the entire state, be headquartered in Indianapolis and operate under the Milestone Contractors name. It will be owned by the family owned parent company The Heritage Group.

Construction workers used heavy machinery to demolish the former White House Restaurant on Monday in Valparaiso. Video by Kale Wilk.

The employees, offices and asphalt plants will stay the same.

“We are three very reputable companies coming together as one. We are better together. Going forward as we provide safe and high quality services and products across the state, we will make lives better one road and bridge at a time," Chief Operating Officer CJ Potts said.

The new company will employ more than 2,000 employees statewide, handling INDOT, public infrastructure, private and commercial projects across the Hoosier state and beyond. It will specialize in highways, asphalt paving, concrete heaving and heavy construction.

Walsh & Kelly Inc. was one of the best known construction firms in Northwest Indiana, with asphalt plants in Griffith, South Bend, LaPorte and Valparaiso. 

Founded in 1933 by brothers-in-law John Kelly and John Walsh, the construction company won multiple safety awards, including from the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable, the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana and the Associated General Contractors of America. It was one of the largest civil contractors operating in northern Indiana.

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