Who We Are: Our Company, People, and Services

You’re about to make a very important investment, and you want the finished product to be as close to perfect as possible. You will need someone who’s trustworthy and knowledgeable to help guide you through the process. Here’s what sets King Construction apart from other custom builders.

We are horse barn experts

Horses are our business. We understand the importance of light, ventilation and the many structural elements needed to keep them safe, healthy and performing their best. And we know how to design and organize the space to maximize your storage and convenience, while reducing your workload.

We are well-established

We have been in business for over four decades. We have grown our business through sound management practices and honest representation. This means you can have complete confidence that your deposits and payments are secure and properly applied, and that we will be here if you need us, long after your project has been completed.

We are truly custom

We have been building quality horse facilities since 1978, and no two are exactly alike. In addition to construction drawings, we can provide three-dimensional color renderings of your custom project.

We are full service

We can handle your project as a turn-key, or collaborate with your architect and with your own trade subs. Over the years, we've developed strong relationships with support contractors and other industry professionals. Whether your project is located inside or outside of our building area, you can still have a King-designed barn or arena. For customers not in our service area, we offer design and building plan services, and knowledge of building code requirements in many states and local municipalities.

We are responsive

We are dedicated to exceptional customer care before, during, and after the completion of your project.

We are fair

We provide detailed specifications so you know exactly what you’re getting. We do not take shortcuts with the quality of our material or with our construction practices. We believe all our customers deserve fair and honest treatment, so we price all of our projects using the same cost basis.

We'll give you more value for your money

Our Amish and Mennonite heritage forms the framework for every King building. We use the highest quality materials, fine details, and expert craftsmanship on every project. Sometimes that means our bids are not as low as others, but our finished product is truly superior in appearance, durability and longevity.

“As one of the lucky residents, this is even more heavenly than it appears.
Thank you for a fantastic experience King Barns.”

- - Gantsoudes Farm
Orange, VA

Our Company

Brothers John, Elmer, and Merv started King Construction in 1978. Since then, we’ve  completed nearly 2000 projects throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our company now builds in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Eastern West Virginia.

We have over 100 employees who are an integral part of the organization and our projects. Team members work in construction, engineering, drafting, project scheduling, purchasing, and administrative functions.

We utilize the talent and skills of our highly-experienced and well-trained crews, all recruited from the Amish and Mennonite communities surrounding our office and shop facilities in New Holland, Pennsylvania. We have a team of 10 crews to manage multiple projects of any size.

One of our strengths is the longevity of service within our entire construction team. Our construction supervisors have an average tenure of 20 years, and our crew foremen average over 10 years. Most of our crew members have at least five years of experience. This continuity and longevity is almost unheard of in the construction industry, and it’s a primary reason why our buildings are known for their fine detail and superior craftsmanship.

Our People

King Construction believes our most important competitive advantage is the creativity, skill, dedication and longevity of our employees. As a team, we focus on rewarding our customers with a superior product and personalized, attentive customer service.

Sandra King Mercado

King Construction is a family-owned business, and Sandra is a member of our 2nd generation — she is the daughter of Merv and Carolyn King; she has two brothers and two sisters.

Sandra joined King in August 2015 after two years of college at Kutztown University.

She is manager of our Human Resources Department, a recent expansion of our office staff positions due to King’s continued growth. Sandra also assists with other office functions, as needed. Sandra and her husband Carlos enjoys sports, both as spectators and as participants.

Amy Hackman

Amy has been with King Construction since 2004 and was recently promoted to head our Accounting Department. In addition, she is charged with the overall responsibility for keeping our business office organized and running smoothly.

Amy is married to Brent; they have an active young daughter Haylie and a newborn son Grayson.

James Fisher

James manages our in-house engineering and code compliance, materials sourcing & purchasing, and he supervises our office staff. He also helped to establish our Custom Door subsidiary and continues to provide his support as needed.

In addition to his superb organizational skills, James is highly creative and often contributes to our design work.

James joined King in 1992. He and his wife Doria have two active young daughters, Victoria and Maria.

Rebekah Diem

Rebekah joined our staff in May 2016 – she is our receptionist and multi-tasking office assistant.

She and her husband Michael have been married since 2005; they have two children, Noah and Delilah.

When you call our office, you will likely have the good fortune to speak with Rebekah.

Brian Houck

Brian is our draftsman and has the responsibility of creating the project building plans on the CAD system. He is also part of the team for our internal review process.

Brian joined King in 2002, shortly after graduating from Thaddeus Steven College of Technology. Following a brief time away, he re-joined King in 2008.

Brian and his wife Brandi have four young children – two boys and two girls

John King

John and his two brothers, Merv & Elmer, started King Construction in 1978.

During the early years, he and his brothers, all skilled carpenters, worked in the field and did all of the building.

Today he oversees all of the project pricing and bidding; he also provides creative solutions for design or construction problems.

John and his wife Kathy have five children – two girls and three boys.

Merv King

Merv, John and Elmer King started King Construction in 1978. After a number of years working directly in in the field, the company grew to the point that the brothers were needed in the office.

Today Merv oversees all project scheduling; he does the take-offs for many of the King projects and, in addition, he provides on-site project management when needed. He and his brother John share the responsibilities of overseeing crew training and foreman development.

Merv and his wife Carolyn have five children – three girls and two boys. Daughter Sandra joined King in August of 2015 (see bio above), the newest member of our business’s 2nd generation.

Glen Nolt

Glen is in charge of project estimating for our agricultural and accessory buildings, and he also contributes his skills as a project supervisor.

Glen Nolt joined King in 1994, became a job foreman in 1999 and was promoted to project supervisor in 2003. Soon after, he began training for his dual responsibility in project estimating. In 2014, Glen became a partner of King Construction Company and plays a vital role in estimating and project supervisor. Glen and his wife Elaine have five children.

Harold Nolt

Harold is a project supervisor, overseeing multiple projects from Connecticut to Virginia. He brings a broad knowledge base and strong organizational skills, along with an easy-going and helpful manner.

Harold joined King in 1999 and became a crew foreman in 2013. He was promoted to project supervisor in 2015. Harold and his wife Alta have five young children, 3 girls and 2 boys.

Eli Zimmerman

Area: New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and New York, including Long Island

Eli has been with King for 26 years, beginning his career as a carpenter.
His abilities and leadership skills soon became apparent, and he was promoted to foreman and then to project supervisor.

Eli has supervised many of King’s largest and most complex projects, and he is skilled in the design of barns, arenas and accessory buildings for large and small equestrian facilities.

His buildings are practical, beautiful and, most of all, buildable. His extensive building background is also extremely valuable for renovations, restorations and problem solving.

Eli, his wife Ellen and their children live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Georgia Hickey Retires

Georgia Hickey has retired after 18 years as an equine facilities designer and sales representative with King.  She will complete the projects she has begun, and will be working with King as a consultant on an ad hoc basis.

During her 18 years, Georgia teamed with King to design and complete more than 140 barns, indoor arenas and outbuildings of all sizes, including 20 major equestrian facilities.

A lifelong horse owner and successful breeder and exhibitor, Georgia’s horses have won many championships and high-point awards at state, regional and national levels.  She was the founder and former director of the Equine Studies program at Cazenovia College and a former national director for a major breed organization.

Georgia is looking forward to spending more time with her horses and Welsh ponies, and has two young hunter pony prospects that will be coming to the ring soon.


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River’s Edge Farm, Flemington, New Jersey

Home farm of Scott Stewart & Ken Berkley

Designed by Georgia Hickey & built by King Barns

Photo courtesy of Laura Luis

Dean Hoover

Area: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Dean joined the sales/design team in the Spring of 2003 and works in the Mid-Atlantic states from
Pennsylvania to Virginia.

Dean and his wife Mary Ann have two grown children and live south of Annville, PA in Lebanon County.

He has designed some beautiful equestrian facilities and can assist you in making your building concepts
become reality. He will work closely with you to ensure that your dream barn is both functional and cost effective.