History of Cleaves-Bessmer-Marietti, Inc.
Founded in 1960 by Robert D. Cleaves, our roots were in the electric utility market in Kansas and Western Missouri. In the early 1970’s we branched into the telecommunications market in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In the late 1970’s we branched into the Contractor/Industrial markets in Kansas and Western Missouri.
In 1988 we established our Employee Owned Stock Plan. Today our ESOP trust owns 85% of our company stock. The balance of the stock is held by active CBM employees.
Through expansion and acquisition we grew into the successful firm we are today with 33 employee/owners covering Kansas, Missouri, Central/Southern Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska.
We hold our relationships with customers and principals very dearly, considering all to be important for our future.