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Cafecito Con Morgan-Keller Construction

What is the focus of Morgan-Keller Construction?

Morgan-Keller Construction delivers seamless solutions through our comprehensive services. Our reputation and longevity continue by making the building experience a pleasure for our clients, team members and communities.

Why did you decide to start Morgan-Keller Construction?

Morgan-Keller Construction is the parent company to three subsidiaries: General Construction, Specialty Contracts and Concrete. We have a very high population of Hispanic workers in our industry and welcome them to our Morgan-Keller family.

Who are your clients?

Over nearly six decades, Morgan-Keller Construction has transitioned from a custom homebuilder to one of the region’s most respected commercial builders. Our portfolio of projects throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia includes:

• Class A office buildings
• Senior living communities
• Educational facilities
• Hospitals and medical centers
• Hotels
• Financial institutions
• Fire stations
• Shopping centers
• Restaurants
• Tilt-up construction

What impact has being a member of the MDHCC had on you and your business?

It will help us to reach the outer layers of the Hispanic Communities that we may not have been made aware of without the Chamber’s services.

Why did you choose Maryland as the place in which to do business?

It has been a family tradition for over 65 years. Morgan-Keller was founded as a family-owned residential construction company in Wolfsville, Maryland in 1955. Ralph W. Morgan handled the interiors, carpentry and office work while Lawrence Keller looked after masonry operations. Only four people were on the payroll when the company began.

Gail Guyton became President of Morgan-Keller in 1980. His first major decision was to move away from the often-volatile filed of custom residential construction and concentrate on commercial, industrial and construction management operations, including multi-family residential. Guyton purchased the company in 1981 and his son, Brad, joined Morgan-Keller two years later.

With both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Mount St. Mary’s College, Brad Guyton brought new and innovative ideas to the firm. In 1988 he stated a Specialty Contracts Department and, in 1996, MK Concrete was created to fill an important market niche.

Darrell Guyon, Gail’s younger son, joined Morgan-Keller after graduating from McDaniel College in 1987. He spent his early years learning all aspects of the business by working on jobsites, preparing estimates and managing projects. In 1994, Darrell took over the Specialty Contracts Department, which handles Morgan-Keller’s fast track projects under $2 million.

Brad Guyton became President and CEO of Morgan-Keller in 1997. His integrity, strong leadership and foresight have created a level of confidence reflected in the industry’s slogan: “Our Reputation is Building Every Day.” Morgan-Keller has successfully completed hundreds of projects in a four-state region, all of which meet the same high standards set by Ralph Morgan. The company’s many repeat customers, combined with its solid reputation, confirm that Morgan-Keller is a skilled and expert practitioner of construction techniques and methodology.

What are your expansion plans for the future?

We are continually growing in size of team members as our project expansion continues. We have had continued growth for many years.

Café…con leche y azúcar or black?

Con leche y azúcar

Any other fun fact about you or your business?

In the early days, Morgan-Keller concentrated on single-family ‘spec’ homes and soon completed entire developments, including Woodlea and Woodmere in Middletown, Maryland and College Estates II and West Hills I and II in Frederick, Maryland. An emphasis on building superior quality homes at a competitive price helped the company grow rapidly. Ralph Morgan’s son-in-law, Gail T. Guyton, began working for the company while he was in college and joined the firm full-time after receiving a business degree from American University in 1962. He quickly learned the business side of the company, including the skills of estimating, purchasing and sales.

By 1965, Morgan-Keller had started performing commercial work, including pre-engineered metal buildings. Among the firm’s significant projects during the 1960’s and 1970’s were the Boise Cascade Plant in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Carrolltown Shopping Center in Eldersburg, Maryland; and Fedder’s Corporation compressor plant in Walkersville, Maryland. In the mid-1970’s, Morgan-Keller began building retirement communities like Homewood in Williamsport, Maryland.



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