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About the Company

Check out our payroll brochure

Check out our payroll brochure

The Full Story

There’s nothing typical about Fred Ode, founder and CEO of He spent years traveling the United States, backpacking across Europe, and even teaching high school math. It wasn’t until he worked for several years as the lead programmer for a large contractor that Fred realized that he’d spend his life creating tools to help contractors run their back offices more efficiently.

In 1985, Fred programmed the first version of his construction accounting software and founded his company, Foundation Software – provider of America’s #1 Construction Accounting Software. As far back as the 1990s, a small seed of an idea had planted itself into Fred’s, head: “What about a payroll service built just for the construction industry?” After working with contractors for over 30 years, Fred had heard one too many times how difficult payroll is for contractors; he knew there was a need for a payroll service that could automate complex construction wage and tax calculations. So he made it happen. was formed as subsidiary of Foundation Software, with whom is headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio, with more than 150 employees between them in multiple offices across the U.S.

In 2006, ran its first payroll. Since then, through its philosophy of keeping a singular focus on the construction industry, the company has grown rapidly and now runs payroll for contractors in all 50 states.