Helm Group



The Helm Group

We have built an extraordinary team by attracting smart, talented, hard-working people and training, encouraging and challenging them to excel. At the Helm Group. we have created a safe, respectful and enjoyable work environment that has resulted in amazing employee loyalty and longevity. For more information on what it’s like to be a part of our team.



Helm was the prime contractor on the Rock Island Water Filtration plant in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.  The $20 million project provides filtered water for the city and surrounding area.  In addition to construction of an administration and process building, the treatment systems included new filters and media, backwash supply pumping system, […]

Rock Island Water Filtration Plant

The $1.2 billion I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project was broken into 6 separate contracts. Helm was the contractor for the Westbound portion of the corridor on the Iowa side of the river. In addition to the main I-74 bridge, 2 ramp bridges were also part of the project. Caissons, Y-shaped bridge piers and steel girders support […]

I-74 Viaduct

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Helm was awarded the contract to provide mechanical, plumbing, and other specialty services scopes for the DeKalb Data Center. Highly focused on team collaboration the Owner, General Contractor, and Helm began early in the design phase to plan for every aspect of this fast-paced, highly technical project. Helm […]

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Helm Mechanical was awarded the HVAC portion of the 3,000-bed Alternative Care Facility used to treat patients with COVID-19 in the Chicago area.  Built within McCormick Place Convention Center, the ACF construction was managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and was intended to provide relief for the local healthcare facilities that were struggling to […]

Helm Group has recently changed its branding to consolidate all of its entities and operations under the name Helm.  Previously, the company operated under the names Mechanical, Civil, Industrial, and more.  The new brand will tie all of our offerings together to help us recruit new talent and show customers our range of expertise.  The […]

Helm started in 1946 as a local chip and seal contractor.  As times changed, the company focused on new types of work and new geographies.  Recently, however, the company made a new push to perform more of this work for local counties, towns, and property associations throughout Northwest Illinois.  Each of the last 3 years, […]

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We started as a union company and plan on being union forever.  When people outside of construction hear that, it is often met with dismay or disbelief.  They have images of public sector or service industry unions even though those are much different business models that our construction trade unions.  When we really dig into […]

One of the most gratifying things in our business is when a new employee chooses to begin his or her career with us.  Sometimes the employee is blindly assigned by the apprentice coordinator, but more often than not, we have done a good job of recruiting the employee and they have chosen us over other […]

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