About Us

Who We Are

Petry Kuhne Company stands as a premier General Contractor, Construction Manager, and Design-Builder.

What makes Petry Kuhne different from other contractors is the emphasis we place on proper planning during pre-construction and our unwavering commitment to quality and safety throughout the construction process.

We pride ourselves in being a team player, looking at each project not only on the merits of that one project, but establishing relationships which are often long-lasting with many repeat clients. Fairness, safety, quality, and transparency are foundations of our company culture.

We believe our most valuable asset is our employees. Our commitment to treating our people with respect and as ‘part of the family’ has resulted in employee longevity having numerous employees who have dedicated most or all of their career at Petry-Kuhne. This provides a wealth of experience and knowledge being delivered to each project.

Petry Kuhne Company self-performs many areas of construction that other general contractors choose to sub out, including sitework and concrete, carpentry, steel erection, and selective demolition. This provides our clients with expertise in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the project, so that even when it makes sense to subcontract portions of the work, our employees have the experience and expertise to make sure the work is being done the right way. Petry Kuhne Company also has a wholly owned steel erecting division, Central Illinois Erectors.

Our commitment to quality, client service, and integrity have positioned us as a leader in the construction industry for 100+ years. As we look into the future – our philosophy of hard work, fairness, and teamwork guide us to our ultimate goal – long lasting relationships with satisfied clients.

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Leadership Team

Chris Uhlarik

President, CEO

Chris began his career with Petry-Kuhne in 1995 as an estimator. Now, as President and Chief Estimator, he manages all stages of pre-construction. With experience in conceptual budgeting, design-build, negotiated contracts, and competitive bid work he is prepared to take on any challenge a client brings to the table, from a simple warehouse to the most complex medical facilities and everything in between.

Nick Walder

Executive Vice President, COO

Nick started with Petry-Kuhne in 1998 by completing two internships while working his way through college. He then spent fifteen years working as Project Manager & Senior Project Manager for the company managing hundreds of construction projects during this tenure. Now, as Executive Vice President and Senior Project Manager, he oversees the Operations and Project Management side of the business.

Ann Deedrich

Senior Vice President, CFO

Ann has been with Petry-Kuhne since 1989, and she is the third generation of the Petry family to be involved in leadership of the company. As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, she oversees all aspects of finance, insurance and human resources for the business.

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Office Staff

Mel Sanford

Project Manager
Director of Steel Operations

Adam Hebert

Senior Project Manager

Greg Heredia

Project Manager

James Bowers


Dawn Bedinger


Lisa Burgener

Contracts Administrator

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Field Supervisors

Gary Paul

General Superintendent

Danny Price


Mark Kaufman


Josh Howard


Richard Armstrong


Derek DeGrofft


David Benningfield

Steel Superintendent

Chris Fluegge

Steel Superintendent


Our History

W.E.C. Kuhne (back row, second from the left) in 1937 with the team of designers and builders commissioned to construct the Champaign City Building as well as then-mayor James D. Flynn and other local government officials.

Founded in 1904 as the William C.F. Kuhne Company, Petry Kuhne Company has stood the test of time, providing quality construction services to the Central Illinois region. CA Petry and sons was established in 1946, and was the successor to King and Petry founded in 1924. In 1985, the Petry and Kuhne families who were long term competitors and friends, merged their companies together to form Petry Kuhne Company.

Petry Kuhne Company is privately owned. On January 1, 2014, three long time employees, Chris Uhlarik (President), Nick Walder (Executive Vice President), and Ann Deedrich (Senior Vice President) purchased equal shares of the company from previous owners Greg Petry and Patrick B. Dorsey. This leadership team is well positioned to continue the Petry Kuhne legacy well into the future.

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We value our employees as our greatest asset and offer a family-oriented work environment where we work as a team with the common goal of providing the best possible construction services in Central Illinois.

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