Did you know that this October, the Walt Disney Company turns 90? Or that this August marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech? There are many milestone anniversaries and historic events being celebrated in 2013, and Karpinski Engineering is sharing its 30th with Ralphie and "A Christmas Story," which also debuted in 1983.
It might be hard to imagine, but Karpinski Engineering got its start with only three employees above a Dairy Queen in Chesterland, Ohio. Thirty years and a name change later, we’re a company with four offices and more than 100 employees. Despite this growth, we haven’t forgotten our roots and commitment to client service, fostered by founder and Chairman M. James Karpinski ("Karp"), pictured at left.
According to Karp, "I always knew that I wanted to start my own business, but I could never have imagined that we’d grow to the size, staff and services we are today. I’m proud to say that after 30 years, the reasons for starting KE have not changed – what we provide is a balance between technical expertise and customer service, and both are equally important."
What would become KE’s Ashville, New York branch also started in 1983. At that time, Dennis Franklin, Senior Vice President and Director of New York Operations, was working in Jamestown, New York for an engineering firm headquartered in Buffalo. When that firm ceased operations, Franklin was introduced to Karpinski by an architectural firm and long-time associate.
Meanwhile, the Chesterland office space was becoming too small for a growing staff. Within the first year, three people were hired, and toward the end of the year, others began working part-time in the evenings. After the first year, the Chesterland office grew to include space across the hall. When clients started asking for a location closer to Cleveland, the company moved its 30-person staff to the eighth floor of the Diplomat Building, two doors west of Karpinski Engineering’s current headquarters at 3135 Euclid Avenue.
After that move, work with the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Sherwin-Williams, and numerous architects were added to a growing list of clients. Karpinski also became a member of the American Consulting Engineers Council Peer Review team – an experience that functioned as a confidence booster, a learning opportunity, and a networking tool.
Since that time, Karpinski Engineering has opened two additional offices – Uniontown, Ohio, (in November 2006) and Columbus, Ohio (in July 2007) – adding clients which include Kent State University, Aultman Hospital, The Ohio State University, OhioHealth, and Mount Carmel.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, Karpinski Engineering continues to grow its staff, services, and list of clients. Still, humble beginnings have not been forgotten, and the letters "DQ" have an extended meaning as we move forward – Dedicated to Quality.
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