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 

Swedberg Working on Library Masonry

Our workers applying their trade. This picture was taken at the Sycamore Public Library in 1958. The library remains a valued client. READ MORE

Rose and Bill Swedberg

The parents of Steve Swedberg. Bill mentored his son in the family business.

A Company with Strong Ties to Sycamore’s Community and History

Sycamore History Museum

If you enjoy a glimpse into the past, visit the Sycamore History Museum. It is interesting to know that the Swedberg family resided in the home. The Swedberg family shares a common present, past and future with one of the prettiest towns in Illinois which has become the County Seat for DeKalb County.

North Grove School Association (NGSA)

Preserving an Icon of American Education

NGSA provides an opportunity to learn about Sycamore’s history. North Grove School  was opened in 1878 and closed in 1952.  NGSA is a member of the Country School Association of America and the DeKalb County Association of Historical Societies and Museums