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Walton, Kentucky Location

Jimmy Howell - President and founder of Howell Contractors, Inc.

Jimmy was born to be a construction worker. Since he was a young boy, he dreamed of one thing- owning his own construction company. He had worked for various construction firms that specialized in the installation of underground utilities. Then, in early 1990, his dream came true and he planted his flag atop his garage which read “Home of Howell Contractors, Inc.”.  Today, that company has grown to a multimillion dollar enterprise. He continues to lead the company into a new era of prosperity and diversity.  His vision is to continuously grow and service the community and his customer base. Jimmy has developed alliances with other construction owners and is well known in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

Paul Bricking - Vice President

Paul Bricking knows the business well. He has worked in the underground utility business since the early 1970’s, beginning as a laborer and working his way up the ladder to a supervisor.   Operating all over the country, he has directed crews, solved logistical problems, all with the goal of getting the job done on time and on budget. He has faced just about every problem one could imagine in the construction field, and found ways to navigate to a successful conclusion. This is what Paul Bricking is all about. He now serves as the Vice President of Operations for Howell Contractors, Inc.

James Howell, Jr. better known as  L J.  – Chief Operating Officer

L J has been an integral part of Howell Contractors, Inc. since he was old enough to work in the construction field. Born and raised in a construction family, L J quickly learned the trade and elevated himself to the level of expert in all phases of underground utility construction. He serves the company well both in the field and in the office. He is an expert with all safety issues, underground pipe placement, and field equipment.  Normally, he oversees the largest and most complex projects, which require expert set up and advanced management techniques.

Mike Wiley - Chief Estimator and Engineer

Mike joined Howell Contractors, Inc. in 2008 as our chief Estimator and Engineer. He has multiple degrees in Engineering and drafting. He is an expert in job costing, estimating and design engineering.  He works closely with our vice president of operations in compiling the data necessary to deliver a comprehensive estimate of all projects under review by Howell Contractors, Inc. He has also developed long term relationships with our vendors and sub-contractors that work closely with Howell to get the job done. Once a project is under our control, Mike helps monitor the progress of the job and recommends changes if necessary

Jim Wygant - Controller

Jim has been with the firm since 2011 and brings a lifetime of expert accounting skills.  His accounting background is oriented to construction and job costing.  He primarily works in the office creating his spreadsheets to assist the upper management with the financial data needed to keep the company on solid financial footing.  Working with our customer base, all the vendors and sub-contractors is Jim’s number one priority. It is paramount to maintaining strong business relationships.  This is our goal and with Jim’s keen eye, will remain our trademark.

Andy Hoerr - Office Manager

Andy brings a great deal to the table as he manages the home office.  His expertise in organizing various departments in the home office has been an invaluable service to the company. Coordination of tasks is essential to a strong coordinated base of operations and Andy excels in that every day. He also assists with payable issues, payroll coordination and computer software integration.

Julie Hoerr - Accounts Payable

Julie works with the vendors, sub-contractors and the payroll coordinator to help navigate the complex field of keeping everyone paid and current. When dealing with hundreds of diversified vendors and sub-contractors, a successful firm needs someone like Julie to navigate the budget, make sure job costs are allocated correctly and keeps “the books” in order. She is a true leader in the office.

Matt Howell - Project Manager

Matt has been working for Howell Contractors for the past five years. He has educated himself in the construction trade by working every day with the goal of quickly becoming an expert in the installation of underground assets.  Currently, Matt serves the firm as the project manager for several of our working crews. He has been invaluable in managing the projects and troubleshooting problems that normally arise during the installation of large underground pipes.

George Zalants - Professional Engineer and Estimator

George recently joined the firm in early 2021. George works in our estimating department and brings an added level of expertise to our engineering department. George received his professional degree from the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical engineering.

Jason Stewart - Safety Director

Jason joined the company in 2021 as an expert in construction safety. He has been named our safety director for the entire company. To help manage the safety issues that constantly confront a large construction company, we felt we needed a full-time safety director. Jason has a lifetime of experience with safety issues and coordination. He has certifications in all areas of safety construction issues, including OSHA 10 & 30 courses. He is has a current CPR training certificate as well as certificates of fire inspection and control.

Centerville, Ohio Location

Trent Bledsoe - Vice President

Trent joined the company in August 2019 to direct our new Ohio office. Trent comes to us with a lifetime of experience as a professional engineer specializing in Sewer and water plants. His expertise includes design and build projects (primarily with plant construction). He also manages the construction of our current projects that involve sewer and water plant construction. Trent has been named a Vice President of the company. Trent received his engineering degree from Ohio University.

Jim Rapp - Vice President

Jim joined the company in August 2019 to assist the engineers at the Centerville Ohio office. Jim has a professional degree in engineering. Jim’s expertise is bidding and managing large plant type work. He comes to us with a great deal of previous experience with design and build projects as well as hard bidding work. Jim works in the Centerville, Ohio office. Jim has been named a Vice President of the company. Jim received his degree from the University of Cincinnati. Jim is a registered Civil Engineer.

Eric Yerian - Professional Engineer

Eric is a professional engineer who joined the firm in August 2019. He works primarily out of the Centerville, Ohio office. His expertise is bidding and managing projects for Howell Contractors. He comes to us with a strong background in large plant type projects. Eric received his degree from University of Dayton. Eric is a registered Professional Engineer.

Brian Asbrock - Mechanical engineer

Brian joined the firm in August 2019 as an additional engineer to help bid and manage projects secured by Howell Contractors, Inc. Brian is a mechanical engineer and has a great deal of experience with larger type plant projects. Brian received his degree from the University of Dayton. Brian is a registered Mechanical Engineer.