Our History

Jeff and Jerri

Jeff Hatfield began building custom homes at the early age of 23. His career stemmed from the need to provide for Jeff and Jerri’s newborn child. After seeing the building process as a laborer on a concrete crew, Jeff believed he could build a spec home and proceeded to do so. With support from his wife, brothers, and parents, Jeff founded the custom home building company Hatfield Brothers in 1984.

After the success of his first home, Jeff continued the home building process, making countless phone calls in the evening, meeting customers on holidays, and working seven days a week. Soon, their little company began to prosper and Jeff’s brothers went off to pursue their own dreams, but Hatfield Brothers still remained with Jeff and Jerri Hatfield at the core.


For fifteen years, Hatfield Brothers built custom homes. At times, Jeff and Jerri were building fifteen custom homes a year scattered all across Evansville. At the same time, Jeff was involved heavily in the Southern Indiana Builders Association, of which he became president in 1993. Jerri was active in the industry as well, serving as Southern Indiana Builders Auxiliary treasurer from 1988 to 1990 and president from 1990 to 1993.

Then in 1999, Jeff and Jerri built Willows at 41, a commercial project which opened the door to something new. That year, Hatfield Brothers evolved from a custom home building business to Core Contractors Inc. which does both commercial “CO and “RE” residential projects.

From an excerpt of the Evansville Business Magazine, written by Laura Acchiardo, “The transition just kind of happened,” says Jeff Hatfield, president of CORE. “We didn’t sit down and decide that at any point. The majority of our calls that year came from commercial contracting projects, so, once we stopped building custom homes, we stopped getting those types of calls. Over the last several years, we have gained some loyal customers doing commercial work. Occasionally, we still get a call for a custom home, but we mostly receive calls for commercial remodeling, new commercial construction, multi-family, and condominiums.”

To this day, CORE has worked with over one hundred unique businesses to handle many of their commercial needs. After seeing the quality and standards to which CORE upholds, many of those businesses are repeat customers.

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