A History of Commitment


For over 40 years, Stewart Richey has been the cornerstone of construction and related services for South Central Kentucky and the surrounding region. Our diversified contracting, maintenance, and repair services function in teams across a variety of disciplines, providing a unified and seamless approach to achieving customer goals.  We accomplish this through two divisions:  

Contracting Group

The Stewart Richey Contracting Group assembles a team of customized subcontractor capabilities based on each project’s specific needs. We have the capacity and resources necessary to complete the project efficiently, safely, and to your satisfaction. We consider our team an extension of yours, giving you the convenience of a single source of subcontracting fulfillment.

Service Group

The Stewart Richey Service Group delivers maintenance and repair services for home or business through a staff of professional, trained technicians. Stewart Richey employees provide professional, courteous assistance while delivering unsurpassed service, whether they are performing a single repair or fulfilling a maintenance agreement.



In 1973 brothers-in-law Buster Stewart and Bill Richey launched Stewart Richey Construction, a small residential general contractor in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Their guiding philosophy was to provide customers with a quality product through dependable, timely performance.

Over the next 30 years, Stewart Richey Construction grew steadily while adding capabilities for virtually all construction trades, allowing better coordination and quality control among facets of a project. The company established a reputation   for meeting difficult deadlines and delivering high-quality work, while shifting its focus to commercial and industrial markets.            

In 2000, Stewart Richey was purchased by Houchens Industries, Inc., a Kentucky-based, diversified, employee-owned company.  The resources and stability provided by Houchens have enabled the company to continue to grow, while adding additional contracting and service capabilities.  

Today, Stewart Richey has transitioned its contracting capabilities from a self-perform general contractor focus to a subcontractor role, forming customized contracting groups to leverage its multiple capabilities in support of owners and general contractors. Additionally, Stewart Richey’s full array of post-construction maintenance and service options allow optimization of a facility’s life and operating costs.



Parent Company

Originally founded in 1917 by Ervin Houchens as a food store, Houchens Industries, Inc. is a diversified conglomerate wholly owned by its employee owners. Houchens has businesses in retail grocery and convenience stores; quick-to-service restaurants; insurance; stock brokerage and financial services; franchised optical stores; construction; fence materials; crushed stone aggregates and asphalt paving; recycling; tanning supply distribution; manufacturing; software and website development; property management; and juice concentrate manufacturing and distribution.

With a strong foundation of diverse companies, coupled with each manager’s entrepreneurial spirit, Houchens Industries continues to allow their owner-operators the flexibility to make decisions based on their own experiences and market places. Offering support on a diverse platform, when needed, provides the best possible environment for growth, stability and success.

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Houchens Industries, Inc., is listed by Forbes as one of the largest 100% privately held companies in North America and - according to the ESOP Association - the largest 100% employee-owned company.


Our Values


To provide unsurpassed service and innovative solutions through our exceptional people


To be the benchmark of our industry

Stewart Richey remains committed to:

  • Ensuring a safe working environment for our employees
  • Assuring customer satisfaction by delivering quality and value in a timely manner
  • Achieving teamwork through multiple trades working as one
  • Communicating by first listening and then responding to our employees and business partners
  • Providing leadership through honesty, respect, and accountability
  • Providing opportunity for professional development and advancement of our employees
  • Promoting an ownership culture where our employees enjoy their work


Stewart Richey is committed to the safety of its employees, striving to ensure they return home safely each day.  Please click here for additional safety information.  Watch the video below to get an insight into our safety culture.



Please join us in congratulating the following employees on a job well done.  They all earned A’s during their first semester as ABC Apprenticeship students.


Josh Gibson

Matt Carroll

Jeremiah McGhee

Jonathan Norris


Cason Barton

Austin Gouvas

Andrew Gouvas

Brandon Woolbright


We are extremely proud of the hard work they put into their education and we encourage everyone to give them a pat on the back for a job well done.



We are pleased to announce that Ryan Stokes is promoted to CFO effective 1/1/18.

Ryan has been with Stewart Richey since 2009 and has advanced through progressively more responsible positions in our accounting department and executive team.

Please join us in congratulating Ryan on his achievement.



Grade, Drain, & Utilities Field Supervisor with 5 years of experience

Licensed Plumber with 1-3 years of experience

Heavy Equipment Operator with 3+ years of experience

Commercial Concrete Foreman with 3-5 years of experience

Concrete Carpenter with 1-3 years of experience

Commercial Refrigeration Technician with 2 years of experience

Licensed HVAC Technician with 1-3 years of experience

Rigger/Structural Ironworker with 3-5 years of experience

Commercial Painter with 1-3 years of experience

Mechanical (HVAC & Plumbing) Laborer with 1-3 years of experience

Pre-Engineered Ironworker with 1-3 years of experience