Humble Beginnings

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K&L), is a family-owned general contractor in Highland, Illinois. We offer design-build, construction management and general contractor services throughout the St. Louis Metro East and Central and Southern Illinois.

In 1958, Cyril B. “Pete” Korte established the company when he borrowed $500 from his father-in-law to buy a rubber tired trencher. He began installing gas services for Illinois Power in the City of Highland. A year later, Pete’s brother-in-law, Joe Luitjohan joined him in the underground utility business. For 23 years, the company grew as a dependable underground utility contractor.

In 1981, Pete bought Joe’s interest in the company and K&L began working in the heavy construction market. Ever growing and ever mindful of opportunities in the construction market, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors steadily expanded its scope in three major construction markets – building, heavy and utility.

Looking Forward

Today, with more than 60 years of experience, and with a diverse inventory of construction knowledge among its staff, K&L strives to exceed our clients’ expectations in the building, heavy and utility markets. With our ability to self-perform carpentry, concrete work, piping and excavating, we are able to maintain a high degree of control over the entire building process for a very competitive price.

K&L’s portfolio includes commercial buildings, professional offices, industrial, municipal, healthcare, religious and educational facilities, as well as infrastructure such as water treatment plants and water reclamation facilities.