Quick Facts

Who We Are Employee-owned Carl A. Nelson & Company (CANCO) has delivered unique design and construction solutions for more than 100 years in industrial, healthcare, education, recreation, laboratory, commercial, civic, power and wastewater construction markets. From offices around Eastern Iowa, our staff delivers professional services with a tradition of excellence and attention to safety. Contact us today and experience the Carl A. Nelson & Company difference.
Year Established


Firm History CANCO was founded by Carl A. Nelson, who was a skilled carpenter and Swedish immigrant. Carl owned the firm until the 1940s, when it became employee-owned. Several descendants of Carl’s founding team still work for the firm, including a superintendent and project manager, both of whom have inherited the skills and work ethic of the company founders.
Delivery Methods
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Management Agency
  • Construction Management at-Risk
  • General Contracting
Licensed In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Approximately 120

Bonding Capacity

$40,000,000 per project, $80,000,000 aggregate

Self-Performed Work
  • Structural Excavation
  • Concrete Slabs and Foundations
  • Equipment Foundations
  • Precast Concrete
  • Concrete Superstructures
  • Site-Cast Tilt-Up Concrete
  • Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
  • Structural Steel Erection
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry
  • Metal Stud and Drywall Installation
  • Bridge Crane and Monorail Erection
  • Millwright Work

Burlington, Cedar Falls, and Washington, Iowa

Carl A. Nelson & Company was featured in July 2020 on the Iowa Business Report radio program and podcast. Learn more about CANCO in this episode of the podcast.