TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After celebrating 25 years of building up the community last week, the workers at Mark Clinkenbeard Construction Inc. said they are looking forward to the next 25 years.
After cutting the ribbon for their corporate office and show room Friday, president Mark Clinkenbeard got emotional speaking to everyone who came to support the company’s 25th anniversary. In a speech, he said he knows there was almost a time he didn’t think he would make it to this day.
“I had a terrible accident, almost died, and spent several months recuperating and the family, the community was such a blessing,” Clinkenbeard said.
Having a construction company of this nature in Terre Haute is exactly what Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said is needed.
“Our housing component is very dated here. We all know that,” Mayor Bennett said. “We’re really going to make a big push for that in the future, so having a home builder like Mike and Dawn in our community, doing what they do, is so important on top of everything else, let alone their 25th anniversary.”
Mayor Bennett added that the company’s importance is not only about building the Terre Haute community, but investing as well.
“They took over a 100-year-old house and put money in it and restored it and it’s beautiful for their new corporate office,” Bennett said.
The Terre Haute Realtor Association is working to build a village of tiny homes for homeless veterans in the area, and Mark Clinkenbeard Construction worked to raise funds to give back to those same veterans.
“The vets, we owe them everything,” Clinkenbeard said. “I mean, they go and keep us safe everyday and they come back and struggle. Having them homeless is terrible, and so we heard about the project and just want to be involved with it.”
Clinkenbeard said that this is something he could not have done without his family.