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About  Us

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 small company began to grow 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. To this day, CORE mainly focuses its time and energy on commercial remodeling.

An excerpt from 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.

Our Team

Jeffrey M. Hatfield, Sr.


As a licensed commercial and residential contractor, Jeff is the owner and president of Core Contractors Inc. His duties and responsibilities include direct management of all employees, developing estimates, specifications, and schedules. He is responsible for all customer contacts and relations as well. He has successfully owned and operated a small business for over thirty years. Outside of Core Contractors Inc, Jeff loves spending time with his family and actively participating in his community. He is also an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. A few of his past affiliations include serving as president of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Board, president of the Southern Indiana Builders Association, and vice-president of the Indiana Builders Association. He was born and raised in Evansville, where he graduated from Reitz Memorial Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville.

Jerri L. Hatfield


Jerri is the company CFO and office manager. She handles all financial and secretarial duties for the company. She received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. She is also a licensed Real Estate Sales Person on a referral basis. Jerri manages North Point Apartments in addition to her position at CORE. When she is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing in the dirt (a.k.a. gardening) and antiquing. She is a founding member of “Make Time to Read” book club and has enjoyed reading with the club since 1999.

Jodie Horstketter


Jodie has been employed with our company since 2012. She assists in administrative duties, customer service and manages investment property. She is a graduate of Indiana State University of Evansville. In addition to working with CORE, she is a small business owner. When she’s not at work, she enjoys landscaping and outdoor art projects, competing in ESPN Fantasy Games against her husband, spending time with several assorted pets they lovingly refer to as “The Zoo” and frolicking with four fun grandbabies.

Shawn Nernberger

Shawn has been with our company since 1999 and has experience extending to every aspect of the building process. His leadership abilities can guide any size staff to suit your project’s needs. Shawn started working for CORE when he was sixteen, simply cleaning job sites over the summer when he wasn’t in school. Since then, he has become one of CORE’s most experienced and trusted members. He’s an “outside-the-box” thinker and a problem solver, which is an invaluable asset to managing any project. In his free time, he loves being with his daughter, Reese.


This is a wonderful company we have used them for a variety of projects, they did a full kitchen remodel for us and they did a project where we opened up our family room! Very high quality work, did it in a timely fashion and were very reasonable! They are very easy to work with and we will be using them again! Wonderful company and great employees!

– Carolyn Anoskey, Residential Customer

The Hatfield family is outstanding. They are great communicators, reliable, efficient, fair, and professional. I would never hesitate to recommend them and Evansville Day School is proud to partner with them on several important facility renovations and enhancements.

– Jarin Jaffee, Evansville Day School

CORE Contractors has completed many projects for Old National Bank over the last decade.  CORE brings the same quality workmanship, customer-friendly performance, and competitive pricing to every job, whether large or small.  Old National Bank is fortunate to have strong working relationships with several general contractors.  We are proud to work with CORE, not only as a reliable contractor, but also as an ONB customer

– J. Cory Mills, Facilities Director, ONB

What can I say about Core Contractors? First Bank Loves Core Contractors!! They can take the stress out of a stressful situation. Making decisions about our new office remodel was a breeze. They were respectful, friendly,  and provided quality craftsmanship. They maintained a neat appearance and kept their work area clean. It has been a pleasure to have them here at First Bank. The Hatfield Team Rocks!

Steve Boren, First Bank

We work with many contractors and our clients often asked about our experiences… when I think about Core Contractors, I think of high quality work, attentiveness to detail, and a genuine desire to please the client. They always do the ‘right thing’ with no tolerance for short cuts.

Jennifer Stewart, Y Factor Studio

I wanted to take the time to let you know what a pleasure it was working with you and your team. As I said many times, my experiences with CORE continue to be excellent and I am very pleased to have found a contractor I know I can count on for my commercial development projects. Rebuilding Subway on First Ave. was a highly successful project on many levels and I thank you for your hard work, with respect to taking care of our clients and tenants needs, as well as individual concerns.

– Piyush Patel, Subway Owner

We are so pleased with all of the work that you have done for us. The changes to the building are amazing, but the ability we now have to serve our clients in a more dignified and purposeful way is forever changed because the atmosphere is better, brighter, safer and beautiful! We owe it all to you guys! Your company is a class act! We are so thankful for your wisdom at every turn and your experience in dealing with the stressful and hard points of construction. Thank you for all you have and continue to do to help us! We are grateful!

– Jennifer Childress, Lampion Center

When the Evansville Rescue Mission relocated to our new campus, we asked Jeff to be our General Contractor. I hope we made a lot of good decisions throughout the process, but one in particular that I know we made, was hiring Jeff and Core Contractors. They did an OUTSTANDING job, and were great to work with. Jeff is very particular, and that was great with me! As well, he worked with us to keep costs low. Without ANY doubt whatsoever, I'd use Jeff again. I highly recommend him and his team to you.

– Tracy Gorman, Evansville Rescue Mission

Jeff has always been a pleasure to work with both as a hired contractor and client. He manages projects extremely well and always seems to accomplish his tasks on time and within budget.

– Tom Effinger, Environmental Management Consultants

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920 VINE ST.


PHONE: (812) 867-2507


We are your go-to Commercial and Residential Contractor in Evansville. With our dedicated team of professionals, we're here to assist you in all your construction needs. Whether you're looking to renovate your office space, remodel your home, or undertake a large-scale commercial project, we've got you covered. Our experienced team is committed to delivering top-notch craftsmanship, exceptional quality, and timely completion of every project. Contact us today and let's build something amazing together!

Our Mission

Core Contractors Inc. distinguishes itself by providing the customer exactly what has been promised. This respect for the customer is the guiding principle of CORE employees who are the unshakable foundation of the company.


920 Vine St,
Evansville, IN 47708

(812) 867-2507


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