A History of Commitment


Since 1973, 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, business and facility through a professional staff of trained technicians. We provide unsurpassed service to customers through our one call solution.



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.    After our company wide contest to come up with a safety slogan for 2018, our winning submission is, "Safety may get old, but so do those who practice it."  Please click here for additional safety information.  Watch the video below to get an insight into our safety culture.


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We are very proud to announce that our Southern Recycling project won the Awards of Excellence for Southwest Council at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky's Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

This “state of the art” project was the first greenfield recycling center constructed in the United States in almost four decades. Although the 62,500 sf of structures are visually identifiable, it was the 104,000 cubic yards of earth to be moved and over 14,000 cubic yards of site concrete that made this project unique. As Southern Recycling’s needs changed, so did our construction schedule and sequencing. A month into the project, we were informed that the five acre lay-down yard would need to be ready to receive scrap months earlier than originally planned. Our team revised the construction schedule and delivered upon our client’s needs. With an extremely aggressive to market deadline looming, our team at Stewart Richey worked tirelessly to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.


On Friday, May 10th Kirby Building Systems recognized Stewart Richey Construction in honor of their 2018 accomplishments as Kirby Builder of the Year. Stewart Richey Construction was also awarded the #1 Kirby Builder of the Year in 2017! Dan Cook, Kirby's Sales Mgr., Jon Amann Kirby's Eastern Regional Sales Mgr. and DJ Kendel Kirby's District Sales Manager presented Stewart Richey Construction their Builder of the Year award, $4M (Annual Sales) and $28M (Cumulative Sales) plaques along with a very special steel plate logo made by the Kirby production teammates. Stewart Richey Construction has been a loyal Kirby Builder since 1985 and brings a great partnership and commitment to the Kirby team.