C-Tech Industrial Group, Inc. has a rich history and began as a general contracting company. In 1956 George A. Blackburn founded George A. Blackburn Construction, Inc. For twenty-two years this general contracting company served the refinery and petrochemical plant industries located in Midwestern Kansas.

In 1978 Ralph L. Austin purchased the assets of George A. Blackburn and formed Blackburn, Inc. Under Blackburn, Inc. the services, capabilities and client base were expanded to serve industries throughout the nation.

Nearly fourteen years later, Terry L. Clites, an original employee to both prior companies, formed today’s Blackburn Construction, Inc. in 1992. Continuing with its expansion and commitment of delivering quality services, Blackburn Construction, Inc. became a part of the C-Tech Industrial Group, Inc.

Today, under the ownership and management of Terry's sons (Brian, Brad and Tracy Clites), the C-Tech Industrial Group includes Blackburn Construction, Inc, Blackburn Maintenance, Inc., ConFab Incorporated, and Industrial Insulation Services, Inc. With C-Tech’s combined experience and rich history, these multifaceted companies have become industry leaders in providing fabrication, construction and maintenance of industrial and manufacturing facilities, primarily: Petrochemical, Chemical, Ethanol, Fertilizer, Petroleum Refining, and other related processes.

C-Tech Industrial Group, Inc. is a privately owned company with its corporate headquarters located in El Dorado, Kansas and serves a variety of clients and industries throughout the United States.


“I wish to take this moment once again to share the appreciation from both myself, as Project Manager, and the NuStar Energy Central East for your contributions to our El Dorado Potwin Expansion project. It was through the combined dedicated and professional efforts of all individuals that made this project the success that it has been. It was truly a team effort from those within the NuStar organization as well as those contract and support individuals that have accomplished this project in the manner it was completed.

The overall project consisted of the construction of approximately 12.5 miles of new 10-inch diameter pipeline between El Dorado and Potwin, Kansas; the construction of new pipeline pump station facilities with VFD at our El Dorado, Ks pump station. We completed the project within the $16.1 million budget, and with no lost time injuries. It was a pleasure to work with each of you and we look forward to working on future projects with you in the future.”

- Dale E. Smith
Project Superintendent

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