WE ARE CREATING A CULTURE OF OUTSTANDING CAREERS AND WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Our Vision in Motion
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We seek and employ exceptional, hard-working, lifetime learners; we give them the tools to succeed when we find them.
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DETAILED, DISCIPLINED, HARD-WON BY LISTENING AND ALWAYS SHARPENING OUR SKILLS. OUR BIG-D UNIVERSITY OFFERS OVER 100 CLASSES EACH YEAR WITH THIS GOAL IN MIND.
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We are born of customer-focused, relationship fostering practices. We’ve built 90% repeat customers and solid and lasting relationships.
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We have a culture of Growth and Achievement powered by innovation, supported by purpose, passion and joy.
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We’ve built trust with well-managed financial strength and superior risk management. This allows us to deliver on our promises consistently.
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Giving back builds strong, thriving communities; that’s where we live and work. We give money, time, and pro-bono service to ensure lasting communities.
Who we are
A Carpenter, A Volkswagen, A Big-Idea
On November 2, 1967, a 30-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000 and risked everything he had to start his own business. His nickname “Big Dee” inspired the name for our company.
The Big Idea
Big Dee started with almost nothing – no business experience, no customers, and almost no money. What he did have was a BIG-IDEA about the way things ought to be done.
Dee assembled a team of the best people in the industry, and called his founding leaders his “young lions.” They refused to focus on money. Instead, they quietly focused on doing the right things – the business principles Dee felt would be crucial to success. And, lo and behold, success naturally followed.
The Vision Continues
Today, Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have “lions” of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.
Big-D Southwest originated as a family company under the Johnson Carlier name. While our projects have defined us in the marketplace, our team members have always been the catalyst for continued success.
From the Beginning
C.O. (Carl) Johnson is born in Finspong, Sweden. In 1909, Carl he is chosen by his family to travel to America, make good, and eventually bring his brothers and sisters over to start a new life. He is just 17 years old at the time.
C.O. JOHNSON - BUILDERS AND CONSTRUCTORS FOUNDED
Carl starts the business by building homes.
HIRED FOR NEW GLENDALE LIBRARY
C.O. Johnson – Builders and Constructors is hired to build the new Glendale Library.
LEE JOINs THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Lee joins his dad in the business and things really begin to take off for the family business.
In 1951, C.O. Johnson builds mining operation office buildings and warehouses in the Bagdad mine.
CARL RETIRES - LEE TAKES OVER
In 1964, Carl decides to officially retire and son Lee Johnson takes full reigns of the company.
LEE JOHNSON RETIRES
Following in the footsteps of his father’s secession, Lee Johnson decides to retire and sells the company to his son, Chris Johnson.
JOHNSON CARLIER IS ESTABLISHED
As the industry continues to transform, Chris partners with Mr. Gene Carlier and herein Johnson Carlier (now Big-D Southwest) is established.
GENE CARLIER RETIRES
After years of prosperity and partnership, Gene Carlier retires. Around the same time, design of a new home base for JC also begins.
ALSO THIS YEAR
Big-D Southwest builds their new corporate office in Tempe.
Cost of a gallon of gas elevates to $1.26.
JOHNSON CARLIER JOINS THE BIG-D FAMILY OF COMPANIES
This partnership expands the company’s ability to grow with clients, increased technology offerings and adding an additional layer of financial strength.
STRATEGIC CHANGES TO FACILITATE GROWTH
Big-D Construction makes several organizational changes to facilitate industry advancement overall. Rob Moore is promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Forrest McNabb is promoted to President of the Mountain West Group.
As Big-D’s brand expands, Cory Moore is promoted to Executive Vice President and National Managing Director of Big-D’s regional offices. Troy Thompson joins Big-D as Executive Vice President. The two are tasked with expanding Big-D’s national footprint while supporting its seven regional offices.
Big-D is also named “Contractor of the Year” by the Utah Chapter of CCIM.
BIG-D CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
On November 2, 2017, Big-D Construction celebrates its 50-year anniversary. As part of the celebration, Big-D releases a book commemorating its 50-year tenure in the construction business.
BIG-D APPOINTS PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER TO ALIGN WITH COMPANY’S 2025 VISION
Big-D Construction makes strategic changes to its executive leadership team. Cory Moore is named National President of Big-D Construction’s global family of companies. Troy Thompson is named Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Big-D. Rob Moore continues to lead as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Big-D Construction Named to ABC’s Top-performing Commercial and Industrial Construction Contractors List
The Top Performers are ranked by size based on the number of hours worked in 2017, as reported in their 2018 STEP applications. To be eligible, Big-D demonstrates world-class safety performance measures that align with ABC’s STEP safety management system.
“ABC Top Performers are leading the way in the merit shop construction industry, where diverse participants are constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance in an environment of fair and open competition,” says Michael Bellaman, president and chief executive officer of ABC. “These rankings will help the industry identify contractors like Big-D Construction that have achieved world-class safety performance, demonstrated their commitment to their workers and their communities and earned recognition for project excellence and diversity.”
2019 ENR Top 100 Green Contractor List
As customers are becoming more environmentally aware, the push for green design and building concepts is increasing. Big-D implements ecofriendly practices to reduce our carbon footprint. These efforts are recognized and helps jump the company 5 spots on the ENR Top Green Contractor List.
Rankings are based on revenue from construction or design services generated in 2018 from projects that have been registered with or certified by the facility’s environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon footprint.
The Big-D Family of Companies is building a better tomorrow!
2019 INC 5000 List
Inc. Magazine recognizes Big-D Construction for the first time on their 2019 Inc. 5000 Most Successful Companies in America list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. Big-D Construction is honored to be the only commercial construction company in Utah to make the list and ranked #232 among the honorees in the construction field across the nation. This is truly a defining moment for the company!
The 2019 Inc. 5000 list is ranked according to the percentage of revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. Big-D’s steady 3-year revenue growth rate was 58%.
JOHNSON CARLIER CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY
On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th State in the union. Less than a decade later, Johnson Carlier was founded. For over a century Johnson Carlier has been building in Arizona and beyond. We are ‘people building for people’.
Big-D Companies Announces Cory Moore as New Chief Executive Officer
in January, 2022 Cory Moore is named Chief Executive Officer. Previous CEO, Rob Moore, remains an influential leader as the company’s Executive Chairman.
“This is a significant announcement for our company and future. We have worked on our succession planning over the last decade and this strategic move is part of that plan and is a major step in realizing our goals,” says Rob Moore.
In a unanimous decision by the Big-D Companies Board of Directors, Cory will take global responsibility for its 14 offices nationwide. His job will ensure Big-D and it’s subsidiaries continue to preserve the mission of being the most sought after by associates and customers alike. He will also continue to stimulate progress and drive Big-D companies’ vision of growth and investment in the future.
“Cory is the right leader for Big-D,” says Jack Livingood, Big-D’s Chairman of the Board. “Cory’s extensive experience along with his leadership and communication skills will help us grow our national footprint to better serve our customers. Big-D is in good hands with Cory.”
Cory Moore has been with Big-D for nearly 25 years and has been an especially impactful leader of the company’s growth. He has been involved in many of Big-D’s most iconic projects and in recent years has been serving as the companies National President and a member of its Board of Directors.
JC Becomes Big-D Construction Southwest
“Our industry is experiencing extraordinary growth and this change allows us to expand our services under one name with one mission – to be the most sought-after construction company in the business,” said Sr. Vice President/Managing Director Carl McFarland who will head the Southwest regional office.