Our Story from the Family Album
Swedberg & Associates is proud of our long-established family company. Our rich heritage has made us the company we are today!
In 1927, Paul Swedberg founded Paul Swedberg Construction Company. Originally a concrete, masonry and plastering contractor, the company branched out into general contracting in the mid-1940s, after World War II, and built many homes in DeKalb County for returning veterans. As local population and industry grew, Paul decided to venture into commercial building.
Forty years later, in 1967, Bill Swedberg, who worked for his Uncle Paul in the field as a mason, job superintendent and estimator, together with his partner, Bernard McCormick, bought the business, and incorporated as Swedberg & Associates, Inc. Bill and Bernie maintained Paul’s business philosophies built upon customer satisfaction, quality construction, timely completion and trust.
In 1995, the company transitioned into the next generation of ownership. Steve Swedberg, Bill’s son, and his partner Cheryl Nicholson, purchased the business from Bill and Bernie. Steve worked his way up from the field and into the office as an estimator and project manager. Cheryl started with the company in the 1960s as a secretary, then as the office manager, well into the 1970s. Steve and Cheryl continued to uphold the company’s solid business model with commitment to customer satisfaction, quality construction, timely completion and trust.
Steve Swedberg continues to apply the values of his Dad and his Great Uncle. In 2011, Matt Gehrke stepped in from the field and bought Cheryl’s company stock. Coming from a background as a carpenter and proven field superintendent, Matt shares the family’s commitment to maintaining a solid reputation for excellence in construction business practices.
Our First Truck
Paul’s Pride and Joy
Paul’s truck complete with hand painted logo on the door.
An Early Construction Site
Rose and Bill Swedberg
The parents of Steve Swedberg. Bill mentored his son in the family business.