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Marty Cornejo says he doesn’t ask employees to do anything he can’t do.

“I’m a hands-on person,” he said. “I can pour concrete or drive a truck. I’m right beside my people working along with them if I need to.”

Cornejo, 36, is a vice president of Cornejo and Sons Inc., one of the state’s largest construction, paving and demolition companies, with 300 employees and annual sales of about $25 million.

It’s a family business founded in 1952 by Cornejo’s late father, Jess Cornejo. Marty Cornejo is the youngest of four brothers, all of whom are involved in the business. His oldest brother, Ron, heads the company.

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“We get along well,” he said. “It’s just the way we were brought up. Business is business. We are not brothers at work.”

Cornejo grew up with the business, starting in the shop with a broom while he was still in elementary school and working his way up until he could operate heavy equipment and, eventually, manage the business.

“I loved it,” he said. “I never knew anything else.”

Cornejo’s father, Jess, came to Wichita from Wellington as a teenager with a fourth-grade education. When Marty Cornejo graduated from East High in 1981, he knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“My dad pushed me to go to college,” he said. “But I had been earning a paycheck with my name on it since I was in junior high. I couldn’t see going four years and not making any money. I had a lot of hands-on experience. I was ready to jump in and do it.”

Cornejo oversees the company’s paving division and handles personnel.

“I’m big on morale,” he said. “I want people to want to come to work every day. I think communication is the key.”
The other big thing in Cornejo’s life is his family. He and his wife, Jenae, have three sons: Jess, 12; Clint, 9; and Bryce, 7.

Cornejo is active in the community, too. He serves on the board of the Hispanic Alliance. And he is a member of the Young Leaders Association of United Way. He also has served on the board of the YMCA and the advisory council for the Sedgwick County Solid Waste Management Committee.
And he is a partner in RRM Properties, which developed All Star Sports Entertainment, a 20-acre sports and family entertainment center.


Cornejo & Sons Inc., Vice President
DOB: March 16, 1963
Family: Wife – Jenae; sons – Jess (12), Clint (9), Bryce (7)
Education: East High School
Pets: Cody – A Golden Retriver
Last book read: “Successful Family Businesses” by Scott Friedman
Favorite movies: National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation, Happy Gilmore
Favorite musicians: I listen to all kinds of music. With my oldest son being 12 years old he is conforming me to the latest style and MTV.
Last vacation spot: Beaver Creek, Colo.
Best Business Advice: Be dedicated and honest to your company and the people around you.
Favorite Business Lunch Spot: Pig In Pig Out Bar-B-Que and Taco Shop
Hobbies: Sports activities with my boys, baseball, basketball and golf.
Quote: One person will always stick in my mind on a daily basis. That is my father Jess Cornejo who passed away in April of 1994. He not only taught me a very strong work ethic but he taught me the importance and dedication our religious faith and strong family values.

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Allmetal Recycling sponsors Wichita State’s business plan competition

Additional sponsors are helping Wichita State University to up the ante with its retooled business plan competition.

Seven new sponsors are helping WSU to nearly double the amount of prize money that will doled out, Lou Heldman, interim director of WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, tells me.

He expects the prize pool to be about $30,000 this year, up from $16,000 in 2013.

Wichita State’s business plan competition, now called the Shocker New Venture Competition, judges teams on their business plan or product design. But this year organizers wanted to emphasize the creation of businesses that are scalable and could create jobs to fuel the state’s economy.

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Allmetal Recycling gives to Salvation Army

Posted Jan. 25, 2015 at 2:00 AM
Newton, Kan.

Allmetal Recycling became a part of the Newton community about a month ago and wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

The Wichita-based company acquired Auto Castings Recovery Co. — formerly owned by Paul and Linda Welsch, at 401 W. First St. — and has operations in Wichita and the surrounding communities.

The company made a commitment at a Chamber breakfast to make a minimum donation of $1,000 to the community Salvation Army, donating $.10 a pound for every pound of aluminum cans they purchase from customers in January.

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Allmetal Recycling owners buy Kamen Recycling, plan to consolidate offices

Published by The Wichita Eagle
Posted Dec. 27, 2012, at 5:00 a.m.
Updated December 18, 2012, at 3:16 pm
Copyright 2012 The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — Some customers have noticed some changes at Kamen Recycling at 800 E. 21st St. It turns out Allmetal Recycling, which Ron and Marty Cornejo own, purchased Kamen in August.

“We just did that kind of under the radar,” Ron Cornejo says. “It wasn’t intended to be under the radar.” More changes will be on the way in the next six months to a year, including a consolidation of the two offices and a name change for Kamen to Allmetal Recycling.

Allmetal is located at 2461 N. New York. Its office will move to a new building that will be built at the 21st Street location, but the recycling facility will remain where it is. Each facility has about 10 acres.

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