Why Baldwin & Shell?

Why Baldwin & Shell

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Customer-First Culture

Our mission begins with our customers, and we hang our hard hats on our reputation of building relationships. On any given year we have an 85 percent repeat customer base, proving that we understand the importance of schedules, reliability, and transparency. We ensure each person in our company is committed to providing the highest quality construction services from planning and preconstruction through building completion and owner occupancy. 

Challenges Accepted

We never shy away from a challenge – taking on projects in education, retail, office, industrial, medical, and religious buildings. If you dream it, we can build it. Our deeply experienced team can offer you competitively priced construction management, general contracting, tenant finish-out, pre-engineered metal building, steel erection, and concrete construction capabilities. Our craftsmen on staff provide us the ability to self-perform much of the work required on a project. No project is too small or too large for the Baldwin & Shell team.

Building a Legacy

Decades ago, Baldwin & Shell set out to establish a new standard of trust in the construction industry. Our legacy is built on dependable people, quality work, and unparalleled value. We care deeply about our people, our subcontractors, and our clients. We consider all as being a part of the Baldwin & Shell family. Connections made between our people and our clients build long-term relationships to carry us for decades to come. 


For more than 75 years Baldwin & Shell Construction Company has upheld the standards we were founded upon. The company was created in 1946 when P.W. Baldwin, Werner Knoop, and Olen Cates combined their areas of respective expertise to form The Baldwin Company. Mr. Baldwin’s skill as a builder was widely known and Mr. Knoop brought over 20 years of business management and civil engineering talent to the company.  With Mr. Cates, who provided the experience in construction management the foundation was cast for a long-term and successful partnership.  The expertise and integrity exhibited by these three men would come to be the standard for our people and our projects.

In the early years the company was union based, as were most all commercial contractors in Arkansas at the time. In 1950 Robert J. Shell joined the company and began his training in management, which would eventually lead to the position of president and to his current role as chairman of the board. Robert (Bob) began our reputation of building a client-focused company. In the early 1970’s Scott Copas, Jim Hardin, Doug Henson, Hank Johns and Jim Wilson joined the company in order to maintain the company’s growth and succession plan for the future. It was also during this time that we formed a non-union company that was completely separate from The Baldwin Company.

With the passing of Mr. Knoop in 1983 The Baldwin Company was dissolved and Baldwin & Shell was formed. With Mr. Shell as president Baldwin & Shell continued its growth and pioneered the negotiated project approach in lieu of traditional hard bid scenarios while continuing to construct quality work and building an impressive client base, many of which became and continue to be repeat customers. Our focus remained within the State of Arkansas, from hospitals to office buildings, educational to religious facilities, industrial plants to financial institutions, renovations and remodeling, Baldwin & Shell built it all.

Acting as Vice President through the late 1980’s, Scott Copas distinguished himself as a future leader of the company and assisted with guiding Baldwin & Shell into the next decade. In 1993 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and continued to help map a plan for Baldwin & Shell’s future alongside Bob Shell.

Baldwin & Shell remains focused on our clients, and in order to better serve those across the state we opened offices in Rogers (1997) and Jonesboro (2007). In 2014 regional and type specific teams were created. The Central Arkansas, Construction Services, Industrial Services, Northeast and Northwest Teams all offer a full range of capabilities to further enhance our ability to provide needed services not only across the State but also the region. Additionally, Scott Copas was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014 with Bob Shell assuming the position of Chairman of the Board.

Our founders created a construction company whose focus on quality work, timely completion, personal customer service and competitive prices remains just as relevant today as it did when our company began. No project is too big or too small and we welcome each and every challenge brought by our clients with the same level of personal service. We are proud of our history and look forward to continuing to build strong relationships.

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Our Mission

Our mission at Baldwin & Shell is to provide professional construction services for our clients through a collaborative approach in an atmosphere of uncompromising integrity and mutual respect.

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