SAK Named Among Top 150 Private Companies

2015 revenue: $181 million E

Despite heavy competition in the construction industry, SAK Construction was able to win projects and grow revenue in 2015, said Chief Marketing Officer Jim Kalishman.

 “Our business continues to grow despite a highly competitive industry,” he said.

SAK, which primarily rehabs aging water and sewer infrastructure, has been at work in St. Louis in recent years, as part of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s $4.7 billion overhaul. However, the work SAK is responsible for in the 20-plus-year overhaul project, didn’t change much in 2015.

In another move that helped the company grow was its expansion in Nashville, where SAK expanded its base of operations into a larger, regional headquarters to serve a growing southeastern market.

 “There’s an aging infrastructure (nationwide), and that needs continuous repair and rehabilitation. Our solution is something that’s in need,” said Kalishman.

CEO and Chairman Tom Kalishman, President Jerry Shaw and Vice Chairman Bob Affholder are the majority owners of SAK.

Add any jobs in 2015? About 50, by adding more construction crews and expanding Nashville headquarters.

Adding any jobs in 2016? DD

Local employees: 175

Total employees: 375

Leadership: Tom Kalishman, CEO and chairman; Jerry Shaw, president; Bob Affholder, vice chairman

March 25, 2016 St. Louis Business Journal.