• 1916


    Albert A. Rieth established Rieth Construction Company in Goshen and receives a $25,000 contract to build a gravel road in Elkhart County.

  • 1918

    George A. Riley joins Rieth as a partner and the firm becomes Rieth-Riley Construction Co.

  • 1919

    Indiana State Highway Commission awards Rieth-Riley the state’s Federal-Aid Project No. 1 to place 6.5 miles of concrete for Lincoln Highway, now U.S. 33.

  • 1920

    Rieth-Riley wins its first Michigan contract, to build a 6.5-mile section of old M-11 in Berrien County.

  • 1930


    Rieth-Riley builds electric power plant for the city of Goshen.

  • 1935

    Rieth-Riley replaces brick pavement on Main Street in Goshen with concrete.

  • 1943


    Albert A. Rieth dies in July and is succeeded by Blair A. Rieth; William Rieth becomes Albert’s third son to join the firm.

  • 1944

    Rieth-Riley opens two permanent asphalt plants at South Bend.

  • 1945

    World War II ends and Rieth-Riley gains numerous employees with military construction experience.

  • 1952


    Rieth-Riley opens first Michigan office at Battle Creek with Joseph Pfauth as division superintendent.

  • 1954


    Rieth-Riley wins $3.4 million contract to build first section of I-65 at Seymour.

  • 1956

    President Dwight Eisenhower signs interstate highway bill

  • 1957


    Rieth-Riley wins a contract for Indiana’s first, interstate highway project for section of I-65 in Seymour.

  • 1966


    Rieth-Riley celebrates its 50th anniversary; the workforce numbers over 700; annual volume reaches $15 million; and new office opens in Big Rapids, Michigan.

  • 1968


    Rieth-Riley wins two awards from the Indiana State Highway Commission for paving excellence in 1967.

  • 1972

    Rieth-Riley surfaces the Ford High School Seed Test Track at Romeo, Michigan, and builds new, four-lane U.S. 33 between Goshen and Elkhart.

  • 1973

    Rieth-Riley receives a National Asphalt Paving Association Ecological Award for landscaping of Lansing office; Rieth-Riley and Spartan Asphalt Paving Co., repave runways and taxiways at Capitol City Airport in Lansing.

  • 1977

    Rieth-Riley reports a record $57.5 million in volume.

  • 1981

    Blair A. Rieth is named Indiana’s Outstanding Highway Constructor by Indiana Constructors, Inc.; Rieth-Riley builds Indiana Toll Road interchanges at Mishawaka and Bristol.

  • 1984

    Rieth-Riley wins paving contract for new General Motors plant near Fort Wayne.

  • 1986

    Board of directors and Rieth family initiate employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) with intention of transferring company ownership to the employees.

  • 1987


    Rieth-Riley occupies new corporate headquarters on Elkhart Road in Goshen.

  • 1992

    Rieth family sells its remaining 50 percent of shares to the Rieth-Riley ESOP trust.

  • 1993


    Rieth-Riley received the 1993 Sheldon Hayes Award for construction of Ford Motor Company’s Arizona Proving Grounds.

  • 1997

    Rieth-Riley builds a $35 million runway at Memphis International Airport and partners with Superior Construction Co., Inc. to resurface Borman Expressway in Gary.

  • 1998


    Rieth-Riley is prime contractor for Indiana’s first design-build project, a $30.1 million rebuild of 17 miles of I-65, including three bridges, north of Lafayette.

  • 2003

    Rieth Riley is NAPA Sheldon G. Hayes Award Finalist.

  • 2006

    Rieth Riley and Ferrovial Agroman Indiana LLC joint venture wins $250 million contract to rebuild Indiana Toll Road in Lake and Porter counties.

  • 2007

    Rieth-Riley begins design-build expansion of Borman Expressway.

  • 2008

    Rieth-Riley buys Michigan and Indiana assets of Aggregate Industries.

  • 2011

    Rieth-Riley receives Silver ESOP Award from the ESOP Association.

  • 2012-2014


    Rieth-Riley wins large contracts for Operation Indy Commute and U.S. 31 reconstruction projects in Marion and Hamilton counties.

  • 2015

    Rieth-Riley is honored by Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan for its paving of Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail in Niles Charter Township.

  • 2016


    Rieth-Riley celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Building Roads for the Future

Rieth-Riley Construction was established in 1916 when Albert A. Rieth saw a need to build roads to carry the growing auto traffic in Northern Indiana. Fast forward 100 years, Rieth-Riley is now Midwest’s most respected road builder, paving contractor, and commercial contractor. We take pride in the communities we serve.

                                                                            Albert A. Rieth
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