Ken Blackwell is a building contractor in Bloomington. He is best known for contracting a series of houses, neighborhoods, and businesses in the Bloomington and southern Indiana surrounding areas. he is a second-generation builder and his company is worth multiple millions of dollars.
In 2010, banks foreclosed on several of Blackwell's properties, including a 26-unit apartment complex on South Walnut Street Pike (owned by Blackwell Rentals LLC), 50 acres on Sare Road (owned by Blackrich Development LLC), and 1700 and 1711 N. College Avenue.
History: Blackwell Construction
At the age of 15, Ken Blackwell developed a keen interest in building quality homes. After joining Blackwell Construction in 1981 with his father, who was the previous owner, the company began developing various neighborhoods, including Sherwood Estates and Oaklawn Park. He builds a relationship with the customer and makes the customer feel comfortable about the decisions they make about constructing their business or residence. Today he continues to visit job sites daily, keeping the building process moving forward smoothly and ensuring high quality standards in every new home. Ken Blackwell continues to purchase prime areas of land in Bloomington in order to create new residential neighborhoods and beautifully crafted homes. “Kenny,” as his friends call him, also has an expertise in building commercial structures. Commercial establishments known around the Bloomington area that were built by the Blackwell Construction team include the Bloomington Sportsplex and Pier 1. He and his team enjoy building homes and businesses that are tailored to the client’s unique lifestyles, so that the client is happy every time making sure that they feel comfortable in coming back to Blackwell.
Ken Blackwell is known as being one of the wealthiest men to live in the Bloomington area, yet still has time for the most important things in his life, his family. He is not just a businessman but a family man too, holding the most important job of dad to his three daughters and one son. “Kenny” also supports the Bloomington High School South sports division that his son is involved with, by donating to the foundation, and selling flags that may be seen around town. They have a South booster message on one side, and a Blackwell Homes advertisement on the other. Ken Blackwell has made his mark in Indiana by contracting homes and businesses and also by being generous, making him viewed as a friendly “A” list celebrity in Bloomington.