News

June 2015

KCCI is assisting Ritter Telephone in building a network to service Cell Towers and  Businesses across Arkansas.  This will be up to 300 miles when finished.

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May 2015


Connect America (CAF) is a nationwide government funded program that extends high speed internet to rural America.  KCCI has been awarded the CAF project in AR which has 208 miles.  This will improve service in 36 Windstream communities.

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April 2014

Crossett, AR:
Union Pacific Railroad transported three large tank parts ranging from 26' to 28' high under aerial cable. KCCI aerial crews cut and restored the cable and drops at five locations and raised the cable at 6 locations in order for these tanks to pass through the streets. Larry Wilhite was Forman over the job. He and his crews pulled off the job without a hitch.
 

August 2013

In August, KCCI was awarded a bridge attachment in Winfield, West Virginia over the Ranawha River. The project was 1000' in length. Special scaffolding was engineered for the project which lasted 2 weeks. Crews lowered materials from the top of the bridge to the 2-man crew below the bridge by ropes. The crew was suspended approx. 110' above the river on 2-1/2" cables swaying in the breeze.
 

2013

Klaasmeyer starts the year off with the continuing nature contract with Windstream for three years in Arkansas. Because of the outstanding reputation and workmanship Windstream also contacted Klaasmeyer for help in West Virginia. KCCI moved into WV in February and will stay for approx. 6 months to help Windstream place mostly aerial application projects.

Conway Contractor Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Over 300 people attended Klaasmeyer Construction Company's 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 6th.  The Conway, Arkansas-based company was incorporated in 1972 by Gene Klaasmeyer, president and founder.  Klaasmeyer crews have tackled everything from traditional telephone, water, electric and gas utility projects to installations of the latest direct-to-the-home fiber optic cable networks.  Privately owned and operated, the company has grown from 5 people in 1972 to 165 employees today.  The company has worked for 41 companies in 10 states.

“Be sure to be here for the 50th anniversary,” the 72-year-old Klaasmeyer joked in his opening remarks.  Klaasmeyer, a Professional Engineer and past president of the Power and Communication Contractors Association got his start in the business at age 12, operating a bulldozer for his father's road grading company.

To thank employees for their hard work and commitment to Klaasmeyer Construction, company advisor Joan Klaasmeyer produced and directed a commemorative video filled with interviews, anecdotes and remembrances.  After the video screening, recognition awards were presented to 50 employees with more than 5 years of service.  The longest-serving employees were Job Superintendent, Larry Miller, with 39 years and Safety Director, Gary Fielder, and Job Superintendent, Thomas Krumback, both with 31 years.  Recent retirees Stan Joyner (38 years) and Gene Byrd (33 years) were presented with hand-carved, Ozark-made canes.

Children of employees enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, obstacle courses and bounce houses.  Lunch was served by Two Sisters Catering.

KCCI selected for Windstream project

KCCI has been awarded a 2 year contract (2012-2013) for Windstream SSP projects for the state of AR.

UPDATE: Windstream has extended the contract through a rebidding process with KCCI until 2016.

ARE-ON Phase II

KCCI has been awarded 3 locations for Phase 2 ARE-ON (Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network). These contracts cover Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Morrilton locations.

Mtn. View Tele Company

KCCI was awarded a 39.5 mile project for the Mtn. View Tele Company July 2011. This project will place 288 ribbon fiber and has over 77,000 feet of staked boring. In the Stone County Citizen Paper August 3, 2011: Fiber Optic telephone lines are installed in Mtn. View for better phone service.

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Arkwest Communications Contractor Honored by Chamber

The Danville Mayor Steve Pfeifer recognized Arkwest Communications of Danville and their Contractors, Klaasmeyer Construction Co., of Conway on behalf of the Danville Chamber of Commerce with a banquet in April 2011. Also present was Arkwest President P.T. Sanders, Gene Klaasmeyer, President of Klaasmeyer Construction along with Klaasmeyer Foreman Tom Krumbach. Arkwest is installing a $28 million fiber optic cable project in Yell County.

 

First Phase of Expansion Completed

Arkwest Communications of Danville has completed the first phase of a $28 million expansion project and they are now into the second phase. The huge machine, known as the “Rock Saw,” has a large circular saw blade (10 feet tall) that can saw up to 50 inches deep through hard shale and sandstone. Klaasmeyer Construction Co. of Conway lays new fiber optic cable. The machine weighs 75,000 pounds and is 33 feet long and 9 feet wide.

 

KCCI Responds to AK Ice Storm

Arkansas Telephone, Century Telephone, Mtn. View Telephone and Yellcot Telephone called on KCCI during the 2009 Ice Storm in Northern Arkansas. KCCI responded quickly and efficiently to help in the repair effort. KCCI worked with the telephone companies local techs to complete the work as safe and quickly as possible.