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MISSION, Texas – A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently in Mission by a home builder named for the founder of the Killam Companies.

Oliver Winfield Killam has a storied history in South Texas, having developed the first commercial oil well south of San Antonio and founded Mirando City. He was born in Missouri and had business and political success in Oklahoma. However, he moved to the Laredo area in the 1920s in the hopes of finding oil. O.W., as he was known, was crowned King Petrol at the Oil Men’s Jubilee in 1937. 

Editor’s Note: Oliver Winfield Killam is featured in the State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas. Click here to read his bio. He is also featured on the Killam Companies website. Check here to read it.

Cliffe Killam, President & CEO of Killam Development, is a great grandson of Oliver Winfield Killam. He was present for the groundbreaking ceremony for Winfield Communities, a new home builder in the Sharyland Plantation.

Winfield Communities is the newest venture of the Killam companies. The company includes an experienced team of architects, designers and project managers from the local community. Leading the team is Division President Andy Konovodoff, who hails from Chicago where he served for nearly 20 years as president of a prominent national builder.

Konovodoff said Winfield Communities will begin work on a number of available lots in Sharyland Plantation by bringing the company’s innovative take on quality and design to this established community.

“As you drive through Mission, the one thing you notice is the energy level. The energy level of homebuilding, the retail centers are full, it is very vibrant. You see the sports complexes and it just opens your mind up to say, hey, this is a n opportunity to build a home here,” Konovodoff  said. 

“People are moving to Mission. It is a great place to be. It is a great school system. Sharyland Plantation is a destination here in Mission. So, we look forward to building homes here.”

Konovodoff added: “We believe in the Valley and we’re excited about the talent we have recruited onto our team. This team will help bring both fresh design ideas and a commitment to craftsmanship and quality to all the homes we build for families here in the Valley.”

Killam Companies has a long and successful history in the oil and gas industry, real estate development, ranching and investments across the region and has been working in the Rio Grande Valley area since 2013.

“We are thrilled to be here. It is an exciting day for us. This is a milestone. This is a long time in the making. We have been thinking about and I have been thinking about creating Winfield Communities for a long time,” Cliffe Killam said.

He added: “Business leaders from around the country and beyond are recognizing the growing importance of the Rio Grande Valley. Having operated here for so many years, we know that this is a great place to launch our home building business because it is such a welcoming community that has thoughtful, forward thinking leadership at all levels.”

Editor’s Note: For more information about Winfield Communities call Alejandra Canales (956) 740-4305 or email at [email protected]


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