Whiteriver Construction was founded by Corydon M. Cooley, whose great grandfather won the town of Show Low, AZ in a historical card game in 1870. Mr. Cooley established Whiteriver Construction in 1994 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to fulfill a need for a licensed and bonded general contractor on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Mr. Cooley, a tribal member himself with 40 years of business experience, felt it important to help Tribal members and Subcontractors with employment opportunities thereby encouraging and supporting the economic development of the area.

The company started as a small local contractor building barbed wire fences to keep cows out of school playgrounds. With the help of Jason Carter, who Mr. Cooley hired in 1995, the company began expanding throughout the Southwest. It was recognized as one of the fastest growing businesses in America by Inc. Magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Whiteriver Construction went on to be featured in Forbes Magazine in 2011 and was ranked as the 57th largest commercial contractor in the Southwest in 2014. Furthermore, it was ranked as the 57th largest Commercial Contractor in the Southwest in 2014 by ENR Southwest Magazine.