William “Bill” Boyd Burgett
William “Bill” Boyd Burgett (1930-2015)
A visionary leader, Bill Burgett, a farm boy with humble beginnings, founded Kokosing Construction Co. in Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1951. Odd jobs, including building and remodeling houses, barns, churches, and schools turned to small commercial projects and the company grew exponentially. He served Kokosing in a variety of roles including as president and chairman, for more than 55 years. Today, the Kokosing companies, one of the nation’s largest heavy highway contractors, include Olen, Kokosing Materials, Kokosing Industrial, McGraw/Kokosing, Corman-Kokosing and Integrity Kokosing. The combined entities have 3,000 employees and $1 billion in annual revenue.
Burgett was an outstanding volunteer leader in construction groups. He was a president of the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) and the National Utility Contractors Association, past director of the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Fund and ARTBA. As chair of Flexible Pavements of Ohio, he established a fund that has awarded more than 400 scholarships to students studying civil engineering. As a transportation investment champion, he was well-recognized and thoughtful voice before lawmakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C.
The second and third generations of Burgett’s family inherited his tenacity for perfection and integrity, values that remain company bedrocks. Throughout his life, Burgett gave back to the community, as evidenced by many state and local community church, school and library projects.