KS Energy Services LLC

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Front row: Tom Schaitel and Dennis Klumb, Sr.

KS Energy Services LLC

19705 W. Lincoln Ave., New Berlin
Founded: 2005
Industry: Building and construction
Employees: 1,053
2015 annual revenue: $219 million

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KS Energy Services in New Berlin prides itself on its ability to successfully maintain and grow a true family business. Dennis Klumb, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the company, manages the day-to-day operations alongside his three brothers, Michael, Richard and Shawn, and their business partner, Tom Schaitel—the “S” in KS.

KS Energy provides construction and maintenance services to the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries. Its clients in Wisconsin include We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric, Alliant, Xcel Energy, Wisconsin Public Service, TDS and AT&T.

Front row: Tom Schaitel and Dennis Klumb, Sr. Back row: Rick Klumb, Shawn Klumb, Dennis Klumb, Jr. and Mike Klumb.
Front row: Tom Schaitel and Dennis Klumb, Sr.
Back row: Rick Klumb, Shawn Klumb, Dennis Klumb, Jr. and Mike Klumb.

“My father, grandfather and uncle started Arby Construction, a utility services company, back in 1972. We all worked there from high school on up,” Dennis Klumb, Jr. said.

They sold the company in 2000 but maintained management of the operations. The entrepreneurial bug struck again, however, and in 2004 the family members resigned. When the one-year non-compete agreement expired on May 23, 2005, KS Energy Services was born.

“We started right up and did $7.5 million in business that first year,” Klumb said. “This year, we’re on track to do $240 million. We’ve experienced incredible growth.”

Part of the company’s growth can be attributed to need, Klumb said.

“The gas and electric utility infrastructure, not just in Wisconsin but around the country, is in dire need of maintenance, repair and replacement,” he said.

“Another big part of it is our team,” Klumb said.

The company has a great relationship with its unions and it continues to work closely with them to draw more talent into the industry.

“Additionally, our executive team is very ‘boots on the ground.’ I have three talented brothers who are out of town every week overseeing projects. A lot of companies don’t have that,” Klumb said. “Our team is focused and committed to providing the very highest level of service for our clients. We were taught at a young age to do what’s right and that’s how we run our business.”

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