Kokosing, Inc. and Ohio Northern University leaders cutting the ribbon at an engineering department naming ceremony.

On Oct. 2, 2023, Ohio Northern University dedicated the Kokosing Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. Kokosing, Inc. is a renowned Ohio-based, family-owned company with strong connections to the University. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will now include the name Kokosing. Kokosing’s gift to the University will support the civil and environmental engineering department as they strive to keep ONU students at the forefront of advances and industry best practices in engineering. Kokosing’s support also provides assistance for faculty professional development, student/faculty research, equipment upgrades and general support for the department.
“We’re very thankful for Kokosing’s significant investment in our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which will help ensure that our students remain competitive and at the cutting-edge in their engineering fields,” said College of Engineering Dean J.D. Yoder, Ph.D.
 “We are excited to build upon our long history with ONU.  The value of paying it forward to afford students the opportunity for lifelong careers is crucial to the growth of our industry,” said Bryce Burgett, co-CEO of Kokosing, Inc.  “Kokosing wouldn’t be the company it is today without the more than 45 ONU alumni team members who have made significant contributions to our success.”
Kokosing and Ohio Northern have shared a long and mutually beneficial partnership. Ohio Northern’s College of Engineering has educated industry prepared civil engineering students who have joined the Kokosing workforce and enjoyed successful careers and advanced with Kokosing’s expanding success.
Multiple generations of Burgetts, the family that owns and operates Kokosing, have earned ONU degrees in engineering, business and other majors, including co-CEO and civil engineer, Bryce Burgett, BSCE ’04. Included among the Burgett family owned companies is CK Construction Group. CK Construction is led by CEO Lori (Burgett) Gillett, BSCE ’96, who received the T.J. Smull College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2022. Earlier this year Gillett completed her term on the Engineering Advisory Board. Gillett is the first female CEO in the company’s history. Brittney (Burgett) Kamenik, BSCE ’08 and Brock Burgett, BSCE ’12 are among the other family members who earned ONU degrees in engineering.  Additional family members who have earned ONU degrees in areas outside of engineering include George Burgett, AA in 1920, Brad Burgett, BA ‘79, and Mandy (Burgett) Wushinske, BA ‘98.
Kokosing consistently hires top ONU graduates with the specialized expertise needed to design, build, and upgrade our countries critical infrastructure: heavy civil, industrial manufacturing and maintenance, marine, power and energy, transportation, water treatment, and more.
Bill Burgett and Lester Rinehart started Kokosing in Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1951. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the largest family-owned construction companies in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, with $1.8 billion in annual revenue and 4,000 employees. Its primary business lines include industrial, transportation, pipelines, water and wastewater, marine and renewable energy. It also owns construction material companies.
“As an industry dominator with a remarkably successful history of bold expansion and innovation, Kokosing sets the success standards for our students and our University community,” said Yoder.