444 S. Flower Street, Suite 2360
Los Angeles, CA 90071
323-227-1411 phone

Illig Construction History

Founded in 1919, Illig Construction Company has earned a long-standing reputation for excellence. With headquarters in Los Angeles, Illig Construction has served private institutional and commercial clients as a family operated general contractor for nearly a century. 

It’s founder, Joseph Illig, was born in the little village of Sierstal, Alsace-Lorraine, before the turn of the 19th century.  Joseph had a dream--and that dream was aimed at America. So in 1910, on borrowed money, he sailed to America arriving at Ellis Island. He worked for his brother at Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York, carrying on a family tradition of glass engraving.  In 1915, Joseph left New York for Los Angeles, California and a change in occupation.  And so began his construction career working for a plastering contractor as a hod carrier. After only a year’s apprenticeship, he became the youngest plastering foreman and attended night school to improve his English and mathematics.

In 1919 Joseph started his own plastering business—the roots of Illig Construction Company.  Joseph’s trademark was neatness, precision and a top quality finished product.  Through “word of mouth” advertising, Joseph’s work centered on downtown alteration jobs and by 1930, the first Illig office opened at Alpine and Yale.  Carpentry and painting were added to the firm’s services, and Bank of America became one of its best customers.

During the 1940’s and 50’s, the company developed into a structured organization with 60 employees specializing in reconstruction and remodel projects under a new name—Joseph Illig and Sons, Contractors.  The Illig hallmark was the ability to completely remodel a building while its business occupants continued operations as usual—job sites were neat, clean, disruption kept to an absolute minimum, and the work dispatched with finesse and speed.  Clients included major airlines, banks, stock brokers, and law firms.

The second generation of family leadership included three of the Illig sons, Joe in sales, Victor in operations and Edward in administration. The company’s reputation for integrity and quality work continued to grow as did its breadth of services and market sectors—construction, cabinet & millwork, painting, and concrete in the remodel, interiors and new construction markets.  “We did what we said we would do, kept our promises and met our commitments,” recalls Edward Illig, President of Illig Construction for the best part of the second generation of management.

A newly remodeled office on North Figueroa Street and a name change to Illig Construction Company were highlights during the 60’s.  Later, the cabinet/millwork and painting divisions were spun off as separate entities while Illig Construction continued as a general contractor.  With a growing reputation for impeccable detail and finished product, on time delivery with tight schedules, and high integrity, the company expanded its market sectors. Flagship projects included historical restorations of The Beverly Hills City Hall, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Margaret Herrick Film Library for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  Significant interior development projects included headquarters offices for ARCO Products, Herbalife, MWD and Security Pacific Bank.  Illig Construction Company also developed a niche in high end retail, building many of the flagship stores on Rodeo Drive—Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Lladro to name a few.

Illig Construction has achieved a rare milestone as it is now in its third generation of family leadership with Rita Illig Liebelt as President since 1998. The Illig Family culture is rooted in community service with a legacy of leadership on many nonprofit, education and civic Boards, and this spirit of “giving back” continues today.  Our history of serving nonprofit organizations, private education and churches with their building development is a reflection of this commitment.

In a focused strategy to identify a partner that shares Illig Construction Company’s core business values and  provide a foundation for future growth,Illig Construction Company was acquired by Tilden-Coil Holdings early in 2010.  Tilden-Coil Holdings also owns Tilden-Coil Constructors, a general contractor headquartered in Riverside, CA and building in Southern California for 75+ years.  Both Illig Construction Company and Tilden-Coil Constructors share the same core business ethics and values and have earned longstanding reputations for building with integrity. Although both companies remain separate corporations, we share resources across the firms:  our talented construction team members, our in-house BIM experts, our state-of-the-art systems and our strong capital and bonding capabilities.

Illig Construction Company’s leadership and management continuity continues under Rita Illig Liebelt, President, and our commitment to our clients and the communities we serve is poised to continue for the next 100 years.