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Power in the cards for 125-year-old Boldt Co.'s Oklahoma City office

Construction company started in Appleton, Wis., in 1889, the same year as Oklahoma’s famous Land Run. The company has had an office in Oklahoma City for 30 of its 125 years.
by Richard Mize Modified: June 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014

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Boldt Co. started in Appleton, Wis., in 1889 with this carpenter shop owned and operated by Martin Boldt. PROVIDED BY BOLDT CO.
Boldt Co. started in Appleton, Wis., in 1889 with this carpenter shop owned and operated by Martin Boldt. PROVIDED BY BOLDT CO.

Well schooled

The company also has worked with public and higher education on projects including construction management of the rebuilding of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, destroyed, with loss of life, by the May 20, 2013, tornado; Portland Elementary School; Moore Junior High School; and Southmoore High School.

“Boldt has done an outstanding job on its many building projects for us,” Moore schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines said in material from the company. “They’ve been in our backyard as a resource to help this community and this school district. Now Boldt is rebuilding Plaza Towers Elementary School and they are helping us rebuild a building, but a community. Boldt is part of our family and that’s shown on a daily basis through the pride they take in their work snd care they have for our community.”

Boldt also has done projects for Piedmont, Western Heights and Bartlesville public schools. The company also did the College of Allied Health for the University of Oklahoma and the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center at Oklahoma State University.

“Oklahoma City and Oklahoma are important to Boldt,” said Robert J. DeKoch, president and chief operating officer. “The rich history of the Southern Operations Group has played a vital role in building Boldt into a major construction company with national reach.”

Powering up

Ford said it’s time for Boldt to expand its work in the power business.

“We have been involved with a lot of commercial, institutional-type projects, educational projects. We’re going to put a little more focus on the power industry in the Southern Region,” he said.

“We’re very strong on power throughout the company, but we want to have a Southern base out of our Oklahoma City office. Couple that with our experience in the automotive industry, and how that parallels with the power industry, and the crafts we use and the work we do, it’s a good fit.”

Boldt has prospects in the region, he said.

“We’ve been talking to a number of different clients down here,” Ford said. “We are going to begin on a power project with sustainable power, with wind farms, here in the southern part of the state. That’ll get started in July. We’ve got that and some other clients in Oklahoma and some of the neighboring states that we’re working with. There’s opportunity in the wind market. There’s several projects here and in Texas that we’re chasing. There are gas-fired power plants, there’s retrofits of coal-fired plants that we’re looking at. We do a number of those around the nation, so we’re looking at some in Arkansas and Missouri.”

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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