Kitchell began as a commercial contracting business and over the years developed new talents and enterprises, acquiring complementary businesses and expertise to remain a competitive, privately-owned company. Today, the employee-owned Kitchell Corporation is the holding entity of several companies that are part of Kitchell’s core business as well as those that operate independently.
Kitchell's roots are in hammers and nails. Today, construction looks very different than it did during our early days but some things, like our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, remain the same.
In our earliest days, there were three unpaid employees, including Sam Kitchell and his wife. When Sam realized he could actually make a living doing this work, the magic began to happen. Soon came grocery stores, banks, school districts – all looking to Kitchell to bring organization and processes to commercial construction. This work led to bigger projects: destination hotels, cultural icons, public works projects and hospitals. Today, Kitchell Contractors, Inc. continues this legacy, bringing innovative techniques and integrated services to healthcare, shopping malls, hotels/casinos, and education projects throughout Arizona, California, and Texas.
Ten years after Kitchell’s doors opened in 1950, founder Sam Kitchell pioneered the construction management approach in the Western United States and quickly established a reputation for successfully managing complex commercial, industrial and institutional building projects.
Headquartered in Sacramento since 1978, Kitchell CEM has grown and responded to changing market conditions, embracing all construction delivery methods. The company also oversees a thriving Engineering & Architectural Services Division and the growing Kitchell Facilities Management, Inc. practice. CEM works hard to foster a culture that reinforces Kitchell’s values at its projects and offices throughout the country. Thanks to each and every one of our clients and partners for your collaboration and confidence in Kitchell. Your trust drives us to be the #1 CM Firm – we could not have done it without you!
We've experienced the highs and lows in the development world, and have not only survived, but thrived with our portfolio of retail centers, office buildings and apartment communities.
Our development history represents one of our initial forays into diversification; we began as a developer of Rodeway Inns in the Southwest, and even created a new hospitality brand, Doubletree Hotels, which was eventually sold. Our holdings today include office buildings and neighborhood retail centers throughout California, Arizona and Texas, as well as luxury apartment communities we have developed in partnership with award-winning multifamily developer and manager Mark-Taylor. Our diversification in development now includes a thriving Property Management practice, which oversees the marketing and management of our Kitchell-owned assets.
Phoenix-based American Refrigeration Supplies is a wholesale distributor of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating equipment and accessories, installation and repair parts and supplies, and food service equipment. The company sells its products primarily to licensed contractors for the repair and replacement market. The company was founded in 1940 and has operations in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia. ARS became a subsidiary of building and development company Kitchell in 1970.