Our history is the history of economic development in Northwest Missouri.

J.W. Lehr Arthur L. Lehr J. Wesley Lehr


In 1890, Lehr Construction Company was formed by our founding father, J.W. Lehr who served as president of the corporation until his death in 1928. It was during this time, in the early 20th century, that magnificent homes and the industrial base for St. Joseph’s next fifty years began.


In 1928, Arthur L. Lehr served as president of the corporation until his death in 1944. He directed the company through the end of the Great Depression, World War II and a huge industrial boom, including packing plants, grain mills, manufacturing, and St. Joseph’s Goetz Brewery.

J. Wesley Lehr joined the firm in 1935 and served as president from 1944 until his retirement in 1975. The 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s welcomed more expansion of local companies, hospitals, and new manufacturing.


In 1975, Jon J. Lehr was appointed as president of the corporation and currently still holds this position. The 80’s and 90’s saw an exciting expansion of animal health and pharmaceutical research and production, as well as meat processing and manufacturing. James E. Moore, Jr. joined the firm in 1940. His career was interrupted by WWII when he served in the infantry in France. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Moore served as Vice-President, General Manager and Project Manager until his retirement in 2001.

Lehr Construction Company has evolved and continues to evolve with the changing economic development in Northwest Missouri. We will continue to provide planning, accurate preliminary budgets, and the best possible quality for all.


Lehr Construction Co. Inc.

Phone: (816) 232-4431 / 2115 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph MO, 64501 (USA)

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