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In 1871, John G. Miller emigrated from Germany to Iowa, where he worked as a carpenter for several years. In 1895 he established his own business, John G. Miller Construction. In the 1950s, John G. Miller Construction expanded through the creation of a non-union subsidiary, Black Hawk Construction, to better serve clients outside of Black Hawk County. In 1977, a subsidiary of Black Hawk Construction, Cardinal Construction, was activated to work in Black Hawk County.

In the mid 1980s, John G. Miller Construction ceased active operations. Of the remaining entities, Cardinal Construction, Inc. became the sole operating unit. In 1997, Beck-Ericson Construction of Cedar Falls was merged into the Cardinal organization, bringing with it key leadership and experienced field personnel.

For over a century, Cardinal Construction has built numerous buildings of all types for both public and private sector clients. We are proud of our past and we value the rich experience it has afforded. Today, we are a company of more than 75 employees from varied backgrounds and life experiences. At all levels and in all aspects of business, we share a common goal of creating the best possible experience for our clients.