Who We Are

Founded in 1979, E. A. Knight Construction Inc. has grown over the years to become one of the largest residential building and remodeling companies in Southern Illinois with a service area that spans the entire region. Our crews bring decades of experience to every project. Despite our size we still maintain focus on every job, whether large or small. The magnitude of the project is of less importance than performance, quality, and overall customer satisfaction. In addition to the custom homes we build, we complete hundreds of remodeling and repair jobs each year.

Our carpenters and crew are supported by a full time office staff, so there is always someone to answer your call.
Edd Knight has been an active member of the National Association of Home Builders for many years, and was President of the Home Builders Association of Illinois in 2005. While serving as Legislative Chair he was able to facilitate the adoption of a building code for the seventy-six counties in Illinois that previously had no building code in place.
E. A. Knight Construction was one of the first companies to sign on to the Illinois Quality Assurance Program. This system spells out, in laymen’s terms, workmanship standards that must be met on every project.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO GIVING OUR CUSTOMERS EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS AN OBSESSION OF OURS, AND BEGINS WITH YOUR INITIAL CONTACT WITH US.

In 2008, E. A. Knight Construction was recognized by Hanley Wood Remodeling Magazine as one of the fifty best remodeling companies in America and Glen Knight was highlighted as “one to watch” for innovative ideas in the remodeling industry. We were selected as HBASI Remodeler of the Year 2005 and HBAI Builder of the Year 2003. We are also utilized by local code enforcement, building officials and news outlets as a resource for building practices and technical advice.

E.A. Knight Construction has been named multiple times over the past several years to Remodeling Magazines top companies in the country.

Meet the Staff & Crew

Edd Knight
Past President/Owner

Edd started E. A. Knight Construction, Inc. in 1979. He has been working in the carpenter trade for over 60 years. He wanted to become a carpenter because “Every day is something new and different. Projects are never the same and people are always different. I love to build things that I can remember back to years later and say ‘I built that!’”

His advice to others wanting to learn the carpentry trade? “Learn math and geometry. Ask yourself if you want to work out in the fresh air every day, somewhere different, frequently building things that will endure for years and years. You must enjoy being creative and have a strong sense of pride.”
Edd enjoys reading and woodworking.

Edd Knight

Glen Knight
Owner/General Manager/Sales

Glen is the son of the company founder, Edd Knight. He has worked for EAKC since 1999.
“My best career moment was when I sold a 10,000 square foot house when I first started working with the company. That was pretty cool (and scary!).”
Glen’s hobbies include running, reading, watching movies, and attending his kids’ sporting events.

Glen Knight

Gary Gump
Lead Carpenter

Gary has been working in the carpenter trade for over 26 years. He has been with EAKC since 2008.
“At a young age, we always fixed or replaced our own stuff around the house. That is what made me want to be a carpenter.”
Gary’s hobbies include soccer, cars, baseball and Steelers football.

Gary Gump

Jimmy George
Lead Carpenter

Jimmy has been with EAKC since 2003. He has worked in the carpenter trade for over 40 years. He started at the age of 14, when his father got him started. He was taught to always be honest and straight forward, and take pride in your work.
Jimmy’s hobbies are repelling, camping and working on cars.

Jimmy George

Gayann Griggs
Production Coordinator

Gayann has been working for EAKC in various positions since 2002.
She works from the office to support the field carpenters and to help our clients through the process of choosing materials and going through the remodel/construction process.
She enjoys travel and her children and grandchildren.

Gayann Griggs

Joel Grider
Carpenter

Joel has been working in the carpenter trade for over 30 years and with EAKC since 2008.
His hobbies include fishing, reading and writing.

Joel Grider

Julie Dietz
Bookkeeper

Julie has worked for EAKC since 2006.
She manages the accounting office which includes payables, receivable, human resources, and various other responsibilities. She likes seeing the finished projects that we do, big & small. Her hobbies are photography and spending time with her nieces.

Julie Dietz

Cassie Oetjen
Estimating & Clerical

Cassie has worked for EAKC since 2010. She loves helping our staff and the homeowners decide what they need/want for their projects. She wants to help relieve the stress from them.
Her hobbies include cooking, baking, playing games, being with her daughters and spending time with family and friends.

Cassie Oetjen

Don Bean
Carpenter

Don has been working in the carpenter trade for over 17 years. He joined EAKC in 2014. He enjoys helping and making things better for people.
Don’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, ATV’s and almost all outdoor activities.

Don Bean

Josh Dover
Carpenter

Josh has been working in the carpenter trade for over 14 years. He has worked for EAKC for since 2013. He became a carpenter because he wanted to work with his mind and hands. He enjoys charitable work – “it’s a good feeling by helping people.”
Josh’s hobbies are hunting, fishing and gardening.

Josh Dover

Marc Wade
Carpenter

Mark has been working in the carpenter trade for over 20 years. He has been with EAKC for 6 years. He became a carpenter because he enjoyed building houses.
His hobbies include woodworking, fishing and traveling.

Marc Wade

Mark Biggers
Lead Carpenter

Mark has been working in the carpenter trade for over 35 years. He has been with EAKC for over 25 years.
His advice for others who are pursuing the trade is “Don’t be afraid to try anything. Get as much experience at as many aspects as you can.”

Mark Biggers

David Ewell
Carpenter

David has been working in the carpenter trade for over 7 years. He has been working with EAKC since 2010.
He always had an interest in carpentry, even in high school, where he took wood shop every year. He enjoys volunteering his time and talents to help people out.
David’s hobbies are church, biking and hiking.

David Ewell

Tom Johnson
Carpenter

Tom has been working in the carpenter trade for over 10 years. He has been with EAKC since 2008.
He enjoys making “something ugly into something nice.”
His hobbies include fishing and power tool repair.

Tom Johnson

Tim Grider
Lead Carpenter

Tim has been working in the carpenter trade for over 15 years. He has worked with EAKC since 2002.
He enjoys the variety of work and working with his hands.
Tim’s hobbies are woodworking and basketball.

Tom Grider

Customer Service Is Job #1

All of our services begin with one thing – we are committed to giving our customers exceptional customer service. Customer satisfaction is an obsession with us that begins with your initial phone call. Here is an overview of what you can typically expect from our company:

Initial Call
– You will hear a friendly voice from someone who is glad you called, and eager to help. With a full-time customer service staff, you’ll always be able to talk to a real person 7:00 am – 5:00 pm every weekday.

Appointment
– After a preliminary discussion of your project and scope of work, we will schedule an on-site appointment to review the project thoroughly.
We will:

  • Set an exact time for the appointment.
  • Show up on time (or call in advance if delayed).
  • Take measurements and gather information.
  • Make suggestions – finishes, product selections, constructive advice, etc.
  • Provide reference information (insurance, customer referrals, etc.).
  • Recap – make sure we understand your request fully.
  • Schedule – advise you how long it will take to prepare a proposal.
  • Follow up – call to schedule the delivery of the finished proposal.

Proposal

  • As often as possible, we will prepare a proposal with a firm price (instead of an estimate, which is open to many cost adjustments).
  • The proposal will contain a “scope of work” which is the broad description of work to be completed, and the full list of specifications for the materials (styles, finishes, etc.) to be used.
  • Proposals typically range from 2 to 35 pages, depending on the size of the project.
  • We attempt to be as detailed as possible, so no one has questions about what is
    covered in the total cost.

Contract
Upon accepting a proposal, we will prepare a contract that:

  • Has the full project details.
  • Covers all of the “legalese” that serves to protect all parties involved (Insurance,
    worker’s comp, payments, etc.).
  • Establishes estimated project start dates.
  • Can be altered. We use “change order” forms to reflect any changes (additions/subtractions) that you may want to make to the “scope of work.” This form will show what costs will be involved for your change, and your approval is required before the work will proceed.

It would be nice to go back in time to when a handshake would “seal a deal” but we have found that our vontract documents have allowed us to complete hundreds of jobs every year. Everyone can rest easy, because the full details of the project are spelled out in black and white.
(Insist on this, regardless of whom you choose to build your project.)

Selection

  • Our purchasing department will work with you to make sure that all materials are selected and ordered in a timely manner, so that projects can start and be completed on time.
  • All special orders (windows, doors, cabinets, etc.) are customer approved prior to order, so you can be sure that you are getting what YOU want.
  • We price shop our suppliers regularly, so we can offer you the best prices possible.
  • We will assist you in your decision making process to relieve some of the “stress” that can exist.

Project Scheduling

  • Our production department will schedule all of the trades necessary to complete your project.
  • We will maintain contact and follow up on daily schedules to make sure that work is completed according to plan.
  • We utilize a “Lead Carpenter” system. This means that there will be an on-site carpenter/supervisor who will complete the work and act as your direct connection to EAKC as the project progresses. You will be given this individual’s personal cell phone number and are free to contact him, as need arises. Of course, you can always call our office, which is open from 7:00 to 5:00, Monday – Friday.
  • Our office will contact you periodically to make sure you are satisfied with the
    progress and our service.

Production
During the actual building part of the process, you will find the following:

  • Our employees are friendly!
  • Our employees wear identifying clothing.
  • We vacuum daily on remodels. We use dust curtains. We wipe our feet.
  • We use up-to-date building practices- seismic & wind resistance, energy efficiency, etc.
  • We are craftsmen.

If you want practical, we can do it.
If you want pretty, we can do it.
If you want “Now!”, we can do it.
If you want “SENSATIONAL!” WE CAN DO IT!!!

We have good ideas. If our carpenters see an opportunity to save you a buck, or
expand your horizons, they will share their expertise.

We are proud. Our crews take pride in their work and our company’s reputation. They
always try to improve both.

Completion
When we finish a project, we will ask you to walk-thru the work to verify everything is
completed to your satisfaction.

  • We will complete any punch-list/touch-ups, as necessary.
  • We will confirm your satisfaction, prior to final billing.

Billing
As much as we would like to spread joy and cheer at no cost to our customers, we
have bills to pay, as well.

  • We will provide itemized invoices for work completed.
  • We will be as detailed as possible, so that you understand what your payments are
    covering.
  • We do not invoice in advance for work that is not complete. We will ask for deposits for the ordering of specialty items, and securing scheduling slots with subcontractors.

Follow up
We will make sure you are satisfied.
After the job is completed and billed, we will ask you for your feedback so that we can praise our staff or improve the process.

Awards

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois: E. A. Knight Construction, Inc.
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Hall of Fame Chairman 2007
E. A. Knight Construction, Inc.

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
E.A. Knight Construction, Inc.
Remodeler of the Year 2005

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
25th Anniversary 1974 – 2004
E.A. Knight Construction, Inc.

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
E.A. Knight, Secretary, F.O. 1991

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight, Secretary, 1992

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight, Secretary, 1993

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight, Secretary, 1994

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight, Secretary, 1995

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight, Secretary, 1996

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight, President, 2001*

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight, President, 2002

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight, Director 2004

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Director, 2005

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Director, 2006

National Association of Home Builders of United States
Edd Knight, Registered 1991 Member

Home Builders association of Southern Illinois
E.A. Knight Construction Co.
The Model Builders Program
Charter Member

State of Illinois Licensure
Roofing Contractor Unlimited
E.A. Knight Construction

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight, Chairman,
Programs and Conventions, Public Relations Chairman, Licensure and Building Codes Chairman, 2002

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight
Builder of the Year 2003

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight
Treasurer, Budget and Finance Chairman, Licensure and Building Code Chairman, 2003

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Edd Knight
Senior Vice President
Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Chairman
Contractors Licensure and Building Codes Chairman, 2004

Home Builders Association of Southern Illinois
Eddie A. Knight
Immediate Past President
Long Range Planning Chairman
Hall of Fame Chairman,
Quality Assurance Chairman, and
Contractor Licensure Chairman, 2006