1996: +$25M in Construction Revenue with 40 employees
2007: +$50M in Construction Revenue with 44 employees
2014: +100M in Construction Revenue with 55 employees
Offices in McAllen and San Antonio, Texas
D. Wilson Construction was started by Darrell Wilson in 1957 in South Texas. Darrell had the vision of building his own business by bringing personal attention to each project and giving every client his personal commitment.
The company’s beginnings were humble with Darrell, wife Sally and brother Gerald operating out of the living room of their 5th and Laurel family home in McAllen. The business began by remodeling a few Main Street buildings in downtown McAllen along with new construction of several residences in the area. It wasn’t long before the family’s reputation for high quality work, client satisfaction and community service spread in the area and the commercial business took off.
Among the many important early projects completed by Wilson Construction were the original McAllen City Hall on 15th Street and the remodeling of the historic Casa de Palmas Hotel (La Posada originally established in 1918). Public and Private sector clients throughout South Texas grew to depend on Wilson Construction to build their schools, hospitals, offices, places of worship and businesses. These local landmarks, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine hosting over a million visitors a year, continue to serve the community today.
Education in Texas
With the growing South Texas demographic, the education market would become part of the daily business for the company and continues to be a main focus of our South and Central Texas operations. Over the years, the company has been a trusted partner with our local communities, helping increase the capacity of quality educational facilities for our community colleges, university systems, and public/charter school districts. Building impactful projects such as the seed facility for South Texas College in 1993 or the largest K-12 project ever built for Brownsville Independent School District in 2010, makes D. Wilson proud of our role in education and our ability to help our clients provide quality facilities for students in our communities.
A New Era of Employee Ownership
When Darrell passed away in 1992, his sons Bill and Mike purchased the company from their mother Sally, and renamed it D. Wilson Construction Company.
When Mike Wilson retired in 2000, the brothers decided to sell the company to its employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). Effective October 1, 2000, D. Wilson Construction Company was owned by the D. Wilson Construction Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The brothers financed the purchase on a 20-year note, selling 100% of the shares to 25 employees. The construction market boomed simultaneously, and the note was paid in full in only seven years. The company currently has over 80 employee owners in South and Central Texas.
San Antonio Expansion
The demand for quality builders was growing across South Texas, and in January of 2010, D. Wilson Construction Company opened a regional office in Bexar County. Soon, projects were being completed in greater Bexar County and rural South & Central Texas.
The San Antonio Regional Office has partnered on many projects for local clients such as San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD, SCUC ISD, IDEA Public Schools, Somerset ISD, Fredericksburg ISD, Lockhart ISD, Stockdale ISD, City of Schertz, City of Boerne, American Electric Power and the United States Corps of Engineers.
The Top 100
For decades, D. Wilson has served clients in South & Central Texas with pride growing the business incrementally with increased annual revenues and new employee-owners. In 2007, the company broke the $50M annual revenue threshold. In 2014, the company doubled the annual revenue to +$100M annually with 44 employee-owners. Because of its outstanding commitment to building high-quality commercial projects, D. Wilson Construction has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Construction Companies by ENR Texas & Louisiana Construction magazine since 2005. We are proud to say that we ranked 79th on this year's list.
Decades of Experience
Since its founding, D. Wilson Construction has demonstrated its capability and creativity in various projects across South and Central Texas. Clients have come to depend on our ability to deliver building solutions on time and within budget.
In our 65 years of operation, the company is entering its third generation of leadership with a continued commitment to our clients, a focus on sustainable growth, and community stewardship, of which our employee-owners are very proud.