CDI: 'Excellence in Construction Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' (Advertisement)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 10, 2010 12:00 am  

Left to right: David Mann, Business Development Manager; Chris Johnson, CFO; Lloyd Garrison, President & CEO; Ed Baker, Vice President General & Superintendent; Mark Beach, Vice President & COO; Not pictured: Matt Bodishbaugh, Vice President; David Day, V

CDI Contractors, LLC
3000 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, Ark.,  72202
(501) 666-4300
(501) 666-4741 (fax)

Northwest Ark. Satellite Office:
4100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 101
Johnson, Ark.,  72762
(479) 695-1020
(479) 695-1025 (fax)

Number of Employees: 306
Top Executive: Lloyd Garrison, President and Chief Executive Officer
Product or Service: Full Service General Construction Company
Year Founded: 1987

In 1987 Dillard’s and Bill Clark formed CDI Contractors, a general construction company, for the single purpose of servicing the needs of the rapidly expanding Arkansas-based retailer.

CDI’s reputation for delivering Dillard’s projects on time and on budget soon became widely recognized. As a result, numerous opportunities for projects beyond Dillard’s needs arose for CDI – and the company’s growth in regional construction jobs mirrored its growth in reputation.

In 2004, encouraged by steadily increasing opportunities in the Northwest Arkansas corridor, CDI expanded its operations by opening a branch office in Johnson, allowing it to be close and accessible to emerging prospects and existing clients in the region.

In August 2008, Dillard’s bought the Clark family’s interest in CDI following the death of Bill Clark. Today, CDI is 100 percent owned by Dillard’s and is one of the largest and most successful construction companies in Arkansas.

Without question, CDI has served some high-profile clients and has amassed an impressive portfolio over time. Some of the most notable facilities in the state have been built by CDI.

The Dillard Commitment

Commenting on the 2008 ownership change, Lloyd Garrison, CDI president and chief executive officer, said, “Since our inception in 1987, Dillard’s has always supported us in the background. They have been the silent backbone behind the scenes for all those years and supported the way we chose to run the company. It’s understandable there was a period of transition at the time, but we’ve moved forward, continuing our shared vision with Dillard’s, and we are excited about the future.”

Dillard’s President Alex Dillard added, “We are committed to CDI and to the construction business, and we are looking forward to serving the needs of current and future clients with a strong, dedicated CDI team.”

Sound Leadership

Just as Dillard’s was content to focus on its retail store operations and let Bill Clark manage CDI, Dillard’s is now entrusting the CDI helm to Garrison. From the beginning, Lloyd has served as a solid, steady leader within the CDI organization.



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