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MSI Construction Celebrates 65 years in business

Major Family celebrates its construction legacy in the Wabash Valley

Clinton, IN – April 18, 2022 - MSI Construction Celebrates 65 years in business. MSI Construction was founded on April 18, 1957, by Irvin Michael Major. Formally, Major & Son’s Construction grew from a one-man operation, into one of Western Indiana’s largest construction company.


During the 1950's and 1960's Major Lumber & Construction Company was building a variety of public and private projects. The company also began to specialize in large commercial and industrial buildings, including pre-engineered metal buildings, which was becoming a low cost and functional alternative to conventional material and design. In the 1970's the company began to expand its vision into the design and build market. With the business expanding into the general construction and build area, Irvin Major decided to change the company name to Major & Son's, Inc. General Contractors to reflect the primary operation of the company. Major & Son's performed work for the U.S. Government, Corp of Engineers, State of Indiana, Local Government Agencies, Public Utilities, and Private Industry. Major & Son’s was a competitive bid and design-build contractor until 1994, when it's founder and president retired.


In February 1994, the company was renamed MSI Construction by the founder's two sons, John V. Major, and Irvin A. (Tony) Major, the second generation of builders and contractors. MSI Construction, Inc. was formed to perform construction services for design-build and project management. As the economy prospered, MSI Construction, Inc. began to expand out into the competitive bid and private construction market, performing as a full-service general contractor, constructing Commercial & Industrial projects in the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. MSI Construction is proud of its family history in the construction industry. Since its inception, they have pressed the importance of quality, detail, value, service, and safety. Each project is completed using the best material and the most qualified union craftsman and construction managers in the area.


"To our employees, we thank you for your excellence in craftsmanship, without you, we wouldn't have made it 65 years in business, Said John V. Major, President of MSI Construction. Also, to our clients, your continued business and support are a vital part of our growth. And for that, we are most grateful."


In January 2022, MSI Construction Launched its new website. This site highlights MSI Construction services well as celebrates our historical past. In addition, the site now features mobile capabilities. It will make user experience and navigation a breeze. "A new website was overdue," said John V. Major, President. "This new site spotlights our family's long and storied history in the construction business."


In February, John V. Major owner and President of MSI Construction, INC was presented the prestigious President's Award by the Wabash Valley Contractors Association at its Awards & Scholarship Night. The President's Award is the highest honor within the association. John was recognized for his outstanding support and dedication to the construction industry, commitment to the trades, and support of the association. Past recipients of this award are a benchmark for future recipients. They are given a personal plaque to keep and a large shovel traveling plaque highlighting all of the past recipients.


In April, MSI Construction was awarded a 2021 Thomas J. Reynolds Award for construction safety and health from The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC)! These prestigious safety awards recognize the outstanding achievements of our members to minimize the number of worksite accidents, injuries, and illnesses to their employees. To be eligible for an award, your DART rate had to be below 1.2, which is 25% below the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average of 1.6. Based on your application and OSHA logs, your DART rate was zero, and you will be recognized with Zero DART Award. These awards will be presented at the 2022 TAUC Leadership Conference taking place May 17 – 20 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California.


A brief list of projects completed by the Major family include: Indiana State University Science Plaza Renovation (2022) Vermillion County Jail Pod Addition (2022) Mecca Fire Station Addition (2021) New Center Point Fire Station (2020) West Terre Haute Water Treatment Plant (2020) Staunton Community Center (2010) Montezuma Community Center (2007) Indiana State University Michael Simmons Student Activity Center (2005) National Gypsum Plant Clinton, IN (2004) First Financial Bank - Crown Hill Branch (1998) Clinton, IN Mr. Gatti's Clinton, IN (1994) Marshall Pontiac Buick GMC, Clinton IN (1994) Now 500 Automotive Terre Haute Fire Station No. 2 Terre Haute Fire Station No. 7 DePauw University Recreation Center (1981) Fountain County Jail (1979) Gibson Hall at Gibault School (1977) Indiana Bell Office- Covington (1966) Clinton State Bank (1965) now Old National Bank Main Street Clinton Clinton Citizens Bank (1962) now First Financial Bank Main Street Clinton


For more information contact: John Michael F. Major 765-832-2472 jmf-major@msi-construction.com