Kinsley Construction, Inc earned back-to-back titles as the #1 general contractor in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in Pennsylvania. Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) readers nominated and voted Kinsley as the top contractor for the journal’s 2018 Reader Rankings.
“We are honored to be voted the top general contractor in Central PA,” said Jon Kinsley, CEO of Kinsley Construction. “We have a tremendous amount of pride in the community where we started our business 55 years ago, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”
For their annual Reader Rankings, CPBJ asked its readers to nominate and vote for businesses they believe deserve recognition for their industry excellence and contributions. Thousands of participants selected top businesses in categories ranging from construction/design, education, financial investments, information technology, hospitality and retail.
Full ranking information can be found in the CPBJ 2018 Reader Rankings book.
IT’S A WARM EVENING IN YORK, AND A LITTLE BOY SITS WITH TWO HANDS PRESSED TO THE CAR WINDOW. THE CITY BUILDINGS PASS IN A BLUR, BUT SOON HE POINTS TO ONE RISING FROM THE STREET IN FRONT OF HIM, EYES WIDE.
“My dad built that,” he says.
That boy could be any Kinsley employee’s child, says President and CEO Jon Kinsley. That’s because that sense of both wonder and pride in the company’s hometown extends across the organization. It’s in every brick, every beam.
It’s the foundation of a business that’s been dedicated to the York community for more than 50 years. And it’s the launching point of a new initiative – #BuildYork – that is spurring York’s revitalization as Kinsley takes a more focused mission on its hometown.
“We take great pride in the connections we make and the relationships we build here,” Jon says. “We love getting to know the people and businesses of York and learning about their visions for the city.”
‘YOU NEVER REALLY LEAVE YOUR PROJECTS’
Jan Wagner sat in his seat at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, thinking of what would make the theater around him even more striking. In 2003, Kinsley had completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of the facility, but still there were things left undone.
“Unfinished business,” the Kinsley Vice President called it — business to be settled soon with another project at the site, 15 years after the first.
“That’s what’s special about working in York: you and your family are going to be in those buildings you help to create,” Jan says. “You never really leave your projects.”
Kinsley has had many touchstone projects in York County including the Appell Center, the Yorktowne Hotel and the York County Judicial Center.
But the bulk of the jobs the company has finished in York County are not about the limelight. They’re about an entrepreneur with a bold idea, or an underutilized property, or a local business looking to grow.
Whether it’s creating a space for York County residents to unwind and connect, like at the newly remodeled York Blue Moon, or breaking ground on a project that can change the economics of our community, like the Yorktowne Hotel, Kinsley is looking at the bigger picture for building York.
“We’ve always tried to take our strengths and apply them to help small businesses,” Jon says. “They’re the backbone and the engine that’s fueling York’s growth.”
‘IT’S WHERE WE GREW UP’
Kinsley Construction has completed more than 8,000 projects in York County over its 55-year history. Restaurants and museums, schools and libraries: look closely on your way to work tomorrow, and you can see them.
You can feel Kinsley in the community.
“This is where we grew up, and it’s where our kids and grandkids are going to grow up,” Jon says. “We feel you need to give back to the community you call home.”
For over 800 of Kinsley’s 1,400+ employees, that means living, working and playing in York. It means philanthropy and volunteerism that touches more than 100 nonprofits across the county. Soon, it will mean even closer ties, as the company updates an East Princess Street property that will house an expanding Kinsley building division.
That will put the engine for downtown’s continued revival right where it belongs: in the heart of the city.
“We’re very excited to bring more of our people around downtown,” Jon says. “We’re looking at this as a way to allow for growth for the next 10 years or more.”
GENERATIONS, BUILDING YORK
On a sunny Saturday morning not so long ago, Jan loaded his kids in the car and drove across the city. They watched as he looked over the progress at Kinsley’s latest job site, ensuring everything was just so.
It went by too quickly, of course; these days, those kids are grown or gone. Still, when they come home to visit, they like to ride with their dad by the new Kinsley projects in York.
“They still take pride in that work, just like I do,” Jan says. “Just like everyone on my team does.”
So, Jan tells them what’s planned, knowing that somewhere in the city this morning there’s a Kinsley project manager who’s up early, thinking about the job. He wants to show his work to a wide-eyed little girl in the back seat today.
He wants her to know how fulfilling it still is, after all these years, helping to build York.
York, Pa, May 24, 2018 – Kinsley Construction, Inc. was recently awarded the general construction contract for a new York Traditions Bank branch. On May 10, 2018, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the approximately 2,000-sq-ft space, located in downtown York at 100 North George Street. Replacing a former tattoo parlor and bail bonds company, the new branch will provide a convenient location for those who live and work downtown.
Construction consists of interior demolition and security glazing, as well as new interior finishes inclusive of glass partitions, sliding doors and hardwood floor restoration. The bank will have:
A cash/ATM room and night deposit drop for convenient after-hours transactions
A teller area for walk-in banking needs
A comfortable customer waiting area
Private offices for account opening, loan services and financial counseling
A glass-enclosed conference room
Kinsley is scheduled to finish construction of the new branch location by August 2018.
Transformation enables expansion while strengthening city roots
York, Pa, May 7 – Kinsley Construction, Inc. has started construction on 1110 E. Princess Street in York to transform the vacant building into a state-of-the-art office facility. The comprehensive renovations will create space and amenities to support planned growth of the company while also forging a stronger relationship with the downtown community.
“This revitalized space provides room for growth outside of our Headquarters on Water Street,” said Jon Kinsley, President and CEO at Kinsley Construction. “We have deep roots in York, so expanding some operations at our current location in the city was the only option we considered.”
The building will feature the most up-to-date technology, multiple meeting spaces, flexible open floorplans with workspaces including stand-up desks, soft seating and outdoor areas.
Kinsley Construction headquarters will remain at 2700 Water Street with select services expanding into the new facility. Construction has begun and work is slated for completion by winter of 2018.
Kinsley employees stepped downtown to participate in Give Local York on Friday, May 4.
Employees showed their support for organizations like the SPCA, Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue, Sunrise Soap, York County History Center and more in an effort to help the York community raise over $1M to benefit local organizations. Over 45 employees also took time on Friday to donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Giving back and showing support for communities we serve is a part of the Kinsley culture practiced by our employees and the Kinsley family. Thank you to everyone for continuing the tradition by participating in Give Local York and the American Red Cross blood drive!