Corner Stone Construction was founded in 1984 when David Staver, a hard working mason foreman, was offered the opportunity to purchase his employer’s company, at that time called Worden Masonry. Specializing in small commercial projects, David began by working alongside his well trained crew of 5 masons and 3 laborers day in and day out. After normal work hours, with the help and support of his wife Susan, he attended to the business side of things. It was through this relentless effort that David was able to instill in his crew the level of quality that was expected and the pace at which it was to be done. This laid the foundation for the many values that the company still operates on today.
Starting the business in challenging economic times, David quickly learned how to control his costs and only take on projects that where a good fit for the company and it’s employees. With this conservative mind set, Corner Stone was able to achieve smart growth and focus its’ goals on being the best in the industry, not the biggest. It was this steady pace that allowed the employees to gain the knowledge and experience required to turn out a quality project on time and ensure the company’s solid foundation in which both its’ employees and clients continue to count on today.
This is the same mentality that David’s son, Jeff Staver shares today. Jeff, also a journeyman bricklayer, worked from the bottom up. Since about the age of 13, Jeff’s home accommodated the company shop. This meant that many nights after school and weekends were spent loading and unloading trucks and working around the shop. Sharing his dad’s work ethic Jeff went on to working on jobsites during weekends and summers throughout high school. While attending college at UW Platteville, Jeff served out his apprenticeship and continued on to become a foreman. From there, Jeff began working in the office at an early age and began to assist with the daily operations of the company. Today Jeff is acting President of Corner Stone Construction and is in charge of all operations.