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 operate in teams across a variety of disciplines to provide a unified and seamless approach to achieving customer goals via our 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 customer satisfaction. We consider our team an extension of yours, with 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.

To date, Stewart Richey Construction has grown steadily while adding capabilities to virtually all construction trades, allowing for better coordination and quality control throughout facets of projects. The company has an established 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., the world’s largest employee-owned company. The resources and stability provided by Houchens Industries have enabled the company to continue to grow while providing additional contracting and service means.

Today, Stewart Richey has transitioned its contracting functions from a self-perform general contractor focus to a subcontractor role, developing customized subcontracting 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.


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.



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.