Safety · Quality · Integrity

The RKE Contractors way. Backed by 40 years of experience.

Who We Are

Founded in 1982 by Randy and Peggy Kinder, RKE Contractors continues serving civil and commercial markets in a big way while still maintaining its small Dexter, Missouri roots. Originally established as an excavating company focusing primarily on dragline-related work, the company was forced to evolve over time as conventional hydraulic excavators changed the marketplace. Those evolutions led to a more diverse company now successfully serving multiple markets, such as general contracting, flood control, site work, excavating, and heavy civil – including design-build services.

Core Values


Safety is priority # 1 at RKE and our record proves it! RKE has received numerous safety awards through the years, including the Army Corps of Engineers – “Small Business Safety Contractor of the Year”.


RKE’s proactive management philosophy along with our commitment to total quality control, scheduling, and workload management enable us to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary delays. We believe in taking the time to do things right the first time. We are proud of our 100% on-time completion record.


We do what we say and we say what we do. We are experts in collaborating with our clients to overcome obstacles and keep the project on time and on budget. Our managers understand the importance of negotiating fairly and ethically while building constructive professional relationships. We do not cut corners to achieve short term goals. Instead, we strive do what is in the best interests of all parties from a long-term perspective.


RKE Contractors has earned numerous awards. Some of these include:

Certificate of Appreciation (multiple) - USACE

High Quality Construction Recognition (multiple) - USACE

Outstanding Safety Mgmt Award - USACE

Construction, Contractor of the Year Safety Award - USACE