HUNKIN-CONKEY CONSTRUCTION CO., noted contractor for public works throughout the U.S., began in 1900 when Samuel and William Hunkin, who had been in Cleveland's building trades since 1870, formed a partnership as the Hunkin Bros. The firm was incorporated in 1903. A nephew, Guy E. Conkey, was put in charge of the Cleveland operation after Sam Hunkin was killed and Wm. Hunkin left the city to oversee the rebuilding of San Francisco following the earthquake of 1905. In 1907 the firm name was changed to the Hunkin-Conkey Construction Co. The Hunkins bought out the Conkeys in 1948.
In 1970 Hunkin-Conkey was the nation's 11th largest construction firm, averaging $40 million in contracts annually and employing 2,000 people (500 in Greater Cleveland). The company had an excellent reputation for competence, speed, and a creative approach to engineering, specializing in building