George B. Krug, founder of Chicago-area K-Five Construction Corporation and a longtime leader of the Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA), died Oct. 16. He was 72.

George B. Krug

George started K-Five in 1977 from his father’s Krug Excavating Company, which dated to before World War II. Originally a residential paving company, K-Five has grown into one of the largest unionized heavy highway paving contractors in Illinois, in both the public and private markets, according to the company website. Across the decades, the company has led or participated in many of the most high-profile highway projects in the Chicagoland area. The fourth-generation family firm is currently led by George’s son, Robert G. Krug, as president, and daughter, Jennifer Krug McNaughton, as executive vice president. Jennifer is a past chair of IRTBA, and Robert is a current Board member of the group.

A tireless industry activist, George Krug helped lead advocacy efforts for increased transportation investment at the federal, state and local levels through the years. ARTBA expresses sincerest condolences to the Krug family and his many friends at K-Five and IRTBA.