- Prince Shotoku brought Kongo family members from Baekje, Korea
to Japan to build Buddhist Shitennoji Temple; founded Kongo Gumi
Co., Ltd. (Kabushiki Gaisha Kongo Gumi), specialized in Buddhist
temple construction; world's oldest continuously operating
family business (stable industry, flexible succession planning);
2003 - revenues more than $90 million; 2004
- 80% of $67.6 million revenues from temple construction;
2005 - over 100 employees, annual revenue of $70
million; Masakazu Kongo (last president), 40th Kongo to lead
firm; January 2006 - debt of $343 million, no
longer able to pay debt service; into liquidation due to excess
debt to invest in real estate, declining contributions to
temples; assets acquired by Takamatsu Corporation (large
Japanese construction company); operates as subsidiary.
- Kongo Gumi Co., Ltd.
- Edmund Gunter introduced surveyor's chain (measurement of
April 8, 1766
- A London watchmaker received first patent for a fire escape, a
wicker basket on a pulley and a chain.
- Captain John Ames began making straight-handled shovels with
flat rectangular metal blade at West Bridgewater, MA (replaced
American-made wooden shovels, British imports); molded malleable
iron with trip hammer powered by local water power;
1803 - Oliver Ames
(son) moved company to North Easton, MA; named Ames Shovel
Works; 1844 -Oakes
Ames and Oliver Ames, Jr. (grandsons) took over; renamed Oliver
Ames & Sons; controlled 60% of shovel market; prospered with
settlement of Midwest, discovery of gold in California and
Australia, canals, waterways, opening of roads, railroads, Civil
War (standard issue); 1853
- moved from water to steam power;
1863 - Oakes Ames elected to Congress;
1866 - Oliver Ames
appointed president of Union Pacific Railroad (had helped Dr.
Thomas C. Durant, vice president and general manager, in 1865
with financing of construction of railroad - invested more than
$1 million of their own money, raised additional $1.5 million
based on credit worthiness of their business, placed all
resources of Ames factories at road's disposal);
1907 - converted to
electricity; 1955 -
Ames Company acquired by Bernhard McDonough, Parkersburg, WV
businessman; December 21, 1965
- McDonough Co. dba O. Ames Co. registered "Ames since 1774"
trademark first used in another form as early as 1812 (shovels,
spades, scoops, scrapers, sod lifters edgers, forks, hoes, hand
cultivators, rakes, etc.); 1981
- acquired by Hanson Industries;
1991 - acquired Garant, Canadian lawn and garden
tool manufacturer; 1995
- American divisions spun off, named U.S. Industries;
1997 - acquired
Woodings-Verona and IXL, striking tool and hickory handle
manufacturers, respectively; March
1999 - acquired True Temper Corp. (founded 1808)
from Huffy Corporation; January
2002 - acquired for $165 million by Wind Point
Partners; June 4, 2003
- U. S. Industries name changed to Jacuzzi Brands, Inc.;
2004 - acquired for
$380 million (net of fees) by affiliates of Castle Harlan, Inc.,
New York-based private-equity investment firm, certain
employees; July 20, 2010
- agreed to be acquired for $542 million by Griffon Corp.; North
America’s largest manufacturer and marketer of non-powered lawn
and garden tool and accessory companies with market leadership
positions in long handle tools and wheelbarrows; oldest
continuing manufacturing business in hardware, lawn and garden
Oliver Ames, Sr.
- Ames Shovel Works
- World's first cast iron bridge built over River Severn at
Coalbrookdale, in rural East Shropshire, UK (coal deposits near
surface; annual production from Broseley and Benthall was around
100,000 tons per year in 1635, mainly for export, local clay
industries, lead); far reaching impact: on local society,
economy, bridge design, use of cast iron in building.
March 10, 1791
- John Stone of Concord, MA received a patent for "Driving Piles
for Bridges, etc."; pile driver; June 26, 1847 -
James Nasmyth, of Patricroft, England, received a U. S. patent
for a "Pile Driver" ("Steam Pile Driver").
August 2, 1791
- Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., of
Philadelphia, PA, became first father-son pair to receive
joint U.S. patent, for a "Machine for Making Nails".
March 23, 1795
- Josiah G. Pierson, of New York, NY, received a patent for a
"Machine for Cutting Nails".
- Alexander Miller built forge and black-smith shop on site of
"the old stone shop" in Wallingford, VT (replaced earlier
building, owned by his father, used as tannery and shoe making
business); manufactured hoes, axes, nails, etc.;
1835 - acquired by
Lyman Batcheller (had established manufactory in Arlington, VT
in 1816); 1847 -
named Batcheller & Sons; 1878
- formed Batcheller & Sons Company;
1902 - 17 companies merged, formed The
American Fork and Hoe Company; May
14, 1907 - American Fork & Hoe Company
registered "True Temper" trademark first used in January 1906
(farm and garden hand tools, consisting of forks, hoes, rakes,
and potato hooks; 1930
- largest hand-tool company in America, supplied about 90% of
hand tools used by U.S. farmers;
1949 - name changed to True Temper Corp.;
reflected newly developed process of tempering steel;
- acquired by Allegheny Ludlum Steel;
1978 - acquired by Wilkinson Sword
in exchange for a 45% interest in Wilkinson Sword;
1980 - remainder of
Wilkinson Sword acquired by Allegheny International);
1981 - company
split into True Temper Hardware, True Temper Sports;
1985 - acquired by
Emhart Corporation; 1989
- acquired by Black & Decker;
November 1990 - acquired by Huffy Corp. for $55
million; March 1999
- acquired by U. S. Industries (parent of Ames Company) for $100
million (1998 sales of $123 million); renamed Ames True Temper.
February 1, 1820
- Canvass White, of Oneida, NY, an engineer building the
Erie Canal, received a patent for "Waterproof Cement"; cement
that hardened under water (water-proof mortar joints);
1818 - canal contractors accidentally found a natural
cement rock, type of limestone that could be pulverized into a
powder and when mixed with sand, would harden when put in water;
White improved the process by calcining the local stone to make
a quick-lime mortar.
October 21, 1824
- Joseph Aspdin (Yorkshire, England), a stone mason, received
British patent for Portland cement (manufactured counterpart to
natural or Roman cement); made by burning finely pulverized lime
and clay at high temperatures in kilns to produce a hydraulic
cement - hardened with addition of water; named "portland
cement" to distinguish it from Roman cement and as marketing
tool: resembled highly prized building stone quarried on Isle of
Portland off British coast.
June 14, 1834
- Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, VT, received two patents
for "Coating Paper"; sandpaper.
February 24, 1839
- William S. Otis, of Philadelphia, PA, received a patent for a
"Crane-Excavator for Excavating and Removing Earth" ("for the
construction of railroads, canals or other purposes where
excavation may be necessary"); steam shovel.
March 27, 1849
- Joseph J. Couch, of North Bridgewater, MA, received a
patent for a "Drilling Machine" ("Machinery for Drilling
Rocks"); steam-powered percussion rock drill driven by steam
power, acted independently of gravity.
- Thomas Angell, William Barbour established heating, lighting
apparatus business in Providence, RI;
1865 - incorporated as
Providence Steam and Gas Pipe Co.;
installed gas mains, acted as plumbing supplier;
manufactured, installed fire-extinguishing apparatus for
factories (especially textile mills); provided heating service
with exhaust steam, supplied water, constructed plants for
making gas; 1869 -
controlling interest acquired by Frederick Grinnell,
Massachusetts-born engineer (became president);
1873 - began
installing manual fire-extinguishing apparatus in factories
(perforated pipes connected to water-supply system, installed
along ceilings); 1878
- acquired right to manufacture, install automatic sprinkling
device patented by Henry S. Parmelee (1874);
1880s - largest
installer, manufacturer, supplier of automatic sprinkler, fire
protection and detection systems in North America;
October 25, 1881 -
Frederick Grinnell, of Providence, RI, received a patent for an
"Automatic Fire-Extinguisher" ("...so that the whole conduit
conveying the water or other fire-extinguishing fluid to the
distributer will be opened automatically by the action of heat
on the retaining material, by which a valve or seal is retained,
and cam also be opened by hand, so tat on the braking out of a
fire the automatic extinguishers in close proximity to the fire
will be opened automatically, and thus the fire be surrounded by
a cartoon of extinguishers"); sensitive sprinkling system with
valve sprinkler with deflectors activated by melting of solder;
1890 - invented
glass-disc sprinkler; became industry standard;
1892 - consolidated
Providence Steam and Gas Pipe, two other sprinkler
manufacturers, formed General Fire Extinguisher Co.;
1919 - Grinnell
Co., Inc. chartered to act as sales agency for General Fire
- Russell Grinnell (son) succeeded as president; nine
manufacturing plants in U.S., Canada produced sprinkler systems,
industrial piping systems, heating equipment, drying machinery,
humidifying equipment, cast-iron fittings, brass goods;
1944 - name changed
to Grinnell Corp. (13 factories in United States, four in
Canada); 1953 - net
sales of nearly $150 million, net profit surpassed $6.6 million,
9,000 employees; 1966
- Grinnell, its acquired subsidiaries held more than 87% of
central-station fire, burglar alarm business in United States
(according to U.S. Justice Department); = about 20% of annual
sales, profits (balance from plumbing supplies, fixtures);
1968 - spun off
three subsidiaries to shareholders (mandated by 1966 Supreme
Court ruling); August 1969
- acquired by ITT (opposed by Justice Department on antitrust
grounds); 1971 -
consent judgment required ITT to divest Grinnell's
fire-protection division; 1976
- Grinnell Fire Protection Systems Co. acquired by Tyco
International Ltd.; 1990
- acquired Wormald International Ltd., largest fire-protection
company in Europe, Asia, Australia; became largest fire
protection company in world; April
2001 - merged with Simplex, leading supplier of
fire suppression systems; name changed to SimplexGrinnell.
- Grinnell Fire Protection Systems Co.
August 22, 1854
- Halcyon Skinner and William Greenhalgh, of West Farms, NY,
received a patent for an "Improved Carpenter's Gage" ""various
operations in carpentry hitherto requiring the employment of
several distinct and costly instruments may al be accomplished
by the use of one of our improved gages").
- Henry Ward Johns (21) founded H. W. Johns Manufacturing
Company in basement of his home in New York City to use asbestos
as fire resistant roofing material;
August 8, 1882 - received a patent for a
"Boiler-Covering" ("...arranging next to the surface to be
protected a fire-proof insulator or cushion composed wholly or
in part of asbestos and surrounding said pipe, thus insulated a
porous of fibrous covering protected on the outside by a
suitable shell or envelope...dividing the porous covering
surrounding the insulator into compartments or chambers by
interposed shells of paper or other practically air-tight
material"); 1901 -
merged with Manville Covering Company (founded in
1886 by Charles B. Manville, three sons in Milwaukee, WI),
formed H.W. Johns-Manville Company; engaged in mining,
manufacturing, supply of asbestos fibers and products to
industry, government; added new products (automotive sheet
packing for cylinders, asbestos/cement, acoustical and magnesia
products); 1926 -
reincorporated as Johns-Manville Corporation;
1927 - went public;
1930 - joined Dow
Jones Industrial Average; 1958
- acquired L.O.F. Glass Fibers (Ohio), fiber glass insulation
company; 1964 -
placed warning labels on asbestos products;
1971 - acquired 75% interest in Johns
Manville Fiber Glass of West Germany (acquired balance between
1972-1977); world's leading developer of fiber glass materials;
1973 - company, its
co-defendants found guilty of contributory negligence in
asbestos-related litigation; 1974
- sales exceeded $1 billion; one of nation's leading
manufacturers of fiber glass, asbestos-cement pipe, polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) pipe; 1981
- reorganized, formed Manville Corporation (five operating
divisions: building materials; forest products; industrial
products; specialty products; international businesses);
five juries awarded more than $3 million to Johns
Manville plaintiffs; 16,500 asbestos suits filed (company legal
fees ran to $2 million/month); filed, in U.S. Bankruptcy
Court for the Southern District of New York, for protection
under Chapter 11 of Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978;
November 28, 1988
-emerged from Chapter 11; established Manville Personal Injury
and Property Damage Settlement Trusts;
1991 - established holding company;
streamlined business to two key areas: fiber glass (Manville
Sales Corporation), forest products (Manville Forest Products);
February, 1995 -
Trust began paying claims under new settlement plan approved by
the District Court in New York;
1996 - name changed to Schuller Corporation;
May 2, 1997 - name
changed to Johns Manville Corporation;
2000 - entered into merger agreement
with investor group led by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Bear
Stearns; 2001 -
acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in cash tender offer.
February 10, 1863
- Alanson Crane, of Fortress Monroe, VA, received a patent
for "Improvement in Fire-Extinguishers" for buildings; water
pipe under the foundation of the outside wall supplied vertical
pipe leading up inside of wall to one or more perforated pipes
extending horizontally throughout the building; included stop
clock with locking cover that could be operated outside wall by
authorized person in event of fire when building was unoccupied;
water could flood floors, quickly extinguish a fire.
- Henry A. Sherwin invested $2,000, became partner in Truman
Dunham & Co., sellers of paint ingredients; February 3,
1870 - business divided, Sherwin took paint, varnish
products, formed Sherwin, Williams & Co. organized with
Edward P. Williams, Alanson T. Osborn; first year sales of
$422,000; August 28, 1877 - Sherwin received a
patent for "Improvement in Packing or Shipping Cans",
re-sealable tin can; 1878 - ready-made paint
debuted; 1879 - first Sherwin-Williams agency
opened in Chicago; 1884 - incorporated; 1896
- first advertised nationally in Ladies Home Journal;
August 14, 1906
- registered "Cover the Earth" trademark first used in 1893
(mixed paints, painters' colors, stains, and oils); 1909 - sales of
$10 million; became one of the world's leading companies engaged
in the manufacture, distribution and sale of coatings and
related products to professional, industrial, commercial and
retail customers; April 20, 1948 - registered
"Sherwin-Williams" trademark first used in 1878 (paints, paint
enamels, varnishes, lacquers, wood stains, undercoaters, and
paste and liquid waxes and polishes for paint).
and Edward Williams -
July 16, 1867
- Joseph Monier, a gardener (not engineer) in Paris,
received a patent for cement flower pots reinforced with
iron-wire mesh embedded in concrete; August 13, 1873
- extended patent to construction of bridges, footpaths;
1884 - sold patents to Gustav A. Wayss,
July 16, 1867
- D.R. Averill, of Newberg, OH, received a patent for an
"Improved Paint-Compound"; first prepared, or "ready-mixed"
paint in the U.S.; previously, home owners mixed their own paint
from a base, oil, turpentine and pigments.
1868 - John
Augustus McNear purchased property in San Rafael, CA from the
estate of Timoteo Murphy (granted 22,000 acres of land at San
Rafael, the ranchos of Las Gallinas, San Pedro, and Santa
Margarita in 1844); most valuable clay in state for manufacture
of brick; 1898 - with Erskine B. McNear (son)
built large brick manufacturing plant along point San Pedro, San
Pablo Bay; named E.B. McNear Brick Company; 1961 -
became the L.P. McNear Brick Company, run by Lawrence P. McNear,
Sr.; 2005 - Jeff McNear, president, fourth
generation owner; California's oldest manufacturer of brick.
July 14, 1868
- Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, CT, received a patent for an
"Improvement in Tape Measures" ("new and useful Improvement in
Spring Measuring Tapes").
1870 - Garth Quarry
opened in Minffordd ('roadside' in Welsh) within Welsh county of
Gwynedd; produced granite setts for transport to developing
towns and cities by newly opened Cambrian Railways;
2011 - produces
roadstone, railway ballast.
May 31, 1870
- Professor Edward J. de Smedt, of New York, NY, received a
patent for "Improvement in Asphalt Roads and Pavements"; sheet
asphalt pavement; July 29, 1870 - laid first
sheet asphalt pavement on William Street n front of the City
Hall in Newark, NJ (became the inspector of asphalt and cements
for the District of Columbia; 1904 - only 141
miles were surfaced; 1916 - commonplace; natural
asphalt deposits exist but almost all asphalt used commercially
made from petroleum.
October 18, 1870
- Benjamin C. Tilghman, of Philadelphia, PA, received patent
for "Cutting and Engraving Stone, Metal, Glass, etc.";
sandblastiing; compressed air forced sand as an abrasive
material through nozzle of sandblasting gun; November 26,
1872 - received patent for "Improvement in Cutting Stone
and Other Hard Substances".
September 26, 1871
- David Oliver Saylor, of Allentown, PA, received patent
for "Improvement in the Manufacture of Cements"; mixture of
magnesium clay with limestone clay; portland cement; 1852
- Englishman William Aspdin had received patent for "Portland
cement," and coined name; 1868 - first recorded
shipment of portland cement to the US when European
manufacturers began shipping cement as ballast in tramp steamers
at very low freight rates.
March 26, 1872
- Thomas J. Martin, of Dowagiac, MI, received a patent for
a "Fire Extinguisher" ("Improvements in Fire-Extinguishing, and
Warming, Ventilating, and Washing Buildings").
September 17, 1872
- Phillip W. Pratt, of Abington, MA, received a patent for
"Improvement in Fire-Extinguishers"; sprinkler system for
August 11, 1874
- Henry S. Parmalee, of New Haven, CT, received a patent for
"Fire-Extinguishers" ("a device for attachment to
distributing-pipes in buildings for extinguishing fires, the
construction being such that the heat which may be generated in
the apartment will automatically open the valve and allow the
discharge of water"); sprinkler head.
- Francis Harrington Glidden (42), Levi Rackett, Thomas Bolles
founded Glidden, Brackett & Co., Cleveland varnish-making
business; 1894 -renamed The Glidden Varnish
Company; 1917 - acquired by syndicate headed by
Adrian B. Joyce (formerly with Sherwin-Williams);
incorporated as The Glidden
Company; mid-1929 - acquired Durkee & Co., leading
manufacturer of salad dressings, meat sauces, pickles, spices,
condiments for $1.8 million; food subsidiary renamed Durkee
Famous Foods, Inc. April 29, 1952 - Glidden
Company registered "Glidden" trademark first used in 1870
(marine, house, roof, aluminum, metal, maintenance industrial,
graphic arts, and implement paints, both exterior and interior,
and in ready-mixed, paste or powder form, etc.); 1967
- merged with SCM Corporation (formerly Smith-Corona) in $251
million deal, became largest division; 1986 - SCM
acquired by Hanson Trust PLC; sold Glidden's American, Canadian
operations to Imperial Chemical Industries PLC)for $580 million,
created ICI Paints, world's leading paint manufacturer, leader
in do-it-yourself paint market; 2008 - second
leading manufacturer of decorative paints, coatings in United
Glidden - Glidden paints
1877 - Amzi
Lorenzo Barber obtained franchise to procure asphalt from great
pitch lake on Island of Trinidad; 1884 -
nationwide monopoly on Trinidad deposit; 1888 -
his Trinidad Asphalt Company controlled all leases on deposit;
controlled world's chief source of asphalt for some 20 years
(became known as "Asphalt King"); June 1899 -
incorporated the Asphalt Company of America.
July 16, 1878
- Thaddeus Hyatt, of New York, NY, received a patent for
"Composition Floors, Roofs, Pavements, etc."; reinforced
concrete reinforced concrete combined with iron as a building
material (economy of construction, securityagainst fire in
making of roofs, floors, walking surface).
April 8, 1879
- Black American inventor Joseph R. Winters, of , Chambersburg,
PA, received a patent for a "Fire-Escape Ladder".
- George Wimpey established George Wimpey and Company, stone
working business in Hammersmith, UK; became contractor,
responsible for major building projects, new road and tramway
contracts throughout London; 1919 - acquired by G
W Mitchell; expanded road contracting business, led Wimpey into
house building. The period between the two world wars saw Wimpey
established as a household name in the fields of building and
civil engineering; 1950s - built 18,000 local
authority dwellings a year; 1970s - became UK's
largest private house builder (sold 106,440 homes in decade);
1996 - acquired McLean Homes from Tarmac, became one
of world's largest private housebuilders; exited construction,
quarry business; July 3, 2007 - merged with Taylor
Woodrow plc, formed Taylor Wimpey plc.
- Immigrant David Zelinsky established first office in Oakland,
CA; shortly moved offices to San Francisco; established D.
Zelinsky & Sons, Inc.; became one of largest painting
contractors in United States; played major role in painting,
decorating many of major construction projects in San Francisco
Bay Area; grew into multi-million dollar corporation with major
commercial contracts in painting, custom window covering;
portfolio of diverse projects (hotels, department stores,
high-rises, condominiums, medical facilities, industrial
complexes, government and educational buildings).
May 1, 1884
- Construction began in Chicago on first skyscraper (ten-story
steel-skeleton Home Insurance Company of New York); designed by
Major William Le Baron Jenney; frame carried entire weight of
building, marble used on walls of building, with four columns of
polished granite supporting a a marble balcony; Fall 1885
- work finished.
- Howard Sprague Wright, cabinetmaker, draftsman and framing
superintendent from Nova Scotia, founded construction company in
Port Townsend, WA; moved company to Everett, WA, then Seattle;
became premier general contractor; 1920s - son and
son-in-law joined company; 1950s - third
generation joined family business; early 1960s -
selected primary builder for Century 21 World's Fair in Seattle
August 10, 1886
- Elihu Thomson, of Lynn, MA, received a patent for an
"Apparatus for Electric Welding" ("for forming joints between
metal wires, bars, and the like by the agency of an electric
Frederick York Wolseley founded Wolseley Sheep Shearing
Machine Company Limited in Sydney, Australia; 1889
- moved to England; 1896 - first Wolseley
motor car rolled off production line in Birmingham (Herbert
Austin as works manager, left in 1905 to start Austin Motor
Company); 1901 - motor car, machine tool
businesses sold to Vickers Son and Maxim Limited (became Rover
Group); concentrated efforts on manufacture, marketing of sheep
shearing, other agricultural equipment; May 1, 1958
- merged with Geo H Hughes, manufacturer of wheels for prams,
later wheels for industrial use; renamed Wolseley-Hughes
(Wolseley sales of £1.2 million, Hughes sales of £900,000, about
1000 total employees); August 1, 1973 -
established Wolseley-Hughes Merchants to distribute spare parts
for burners, began to distribute domestic system radiators and
boilers; 1976 - Jeremy Lancaster (son) took over;
began rapid expansion; 1979 - acquired John James
Group of Companies Limited (several manufacturing companies,
significant distributor of industrial pipe, valves, fittings);
1982 - acquired Ferguson Enterprises (distributor
of plumbing supplies with around 50 branches on East Coast of
United States); 1984 - sold original engineering
companies (Wolseley Webb, Hughes), focused on distribution
businesses; 1985 - established Wolseley Centers to
distribute building products; April 14, 1986 -
renamed Wolseley plc; 1992 - acquired Brossette
(France's leading supplier of plumbing supplies), moved into
Austria, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic; struck deal with OAG
Gruppe (Austria); became world leader in plumbing, heating
supplies; 1998 - acquired 6 companies in US;
2000 - sold boiler, burner businesses; sold most of
manufacturing businesses to Cinven for around £215 million;
2001 - fully exited manufacturing industry, now
completely focused on distribution activities; 2007
- sales of £16.2 billion, net profit of £877 million, 75,000
employees, 5,000 branches in 27 countries; 2008 -
global brand, one of world's largest specialist trade
distributors (building materials, lumber products and industrial
pipes, valves, fittings); world's number one heating, plumbing
distributor to professional market, leading supplier of building
materials; doubled in size every 5 to 7 years over company's
Wolseley - Wolseley plc
- Augustine Sackett invented, developed plasterboard (modern
version of gypsum board); May 22, 1894 - received
a patent for an "Inside-Wall Covering" ("to provide boards or
plates which may be used as a substitute for lath and plaster as
a material for forming the inner walls of houses or rooms");
layered wall covering of paper and plaster (gypsum drywall),
changed how houses were built; faster to install than
conventional plaster, produced more fire-resistant structures
than traditional building techniques.
Sackett - plasterboard
1888 - Charles
Lindgren, James Boyd, Frank Sharples founded Boyd, Sharples &
Lindgren in Los Angeles as brick masons, contractors; July
1889 - out of business; Lindgren helped to reconstruct
Bakersfield, CA after fire; 1900 - formed
partnership with Berkeley engineer Lewis Hicks expert in
steel-reinforced concrete construction; formed Lindgren Hicks;
1908 - partnership ended; formed C. J. Lindgren
Co.; hired Alfred Bingham Swinerton as estimator; incorporated
in State of California; 1911 - shareholder, member
of Lindgren's board of directors; 1913 - named
vice-president (Lindgren died); built French Pavilion,
Exposition Auditorium for Pan Pacific International Exposition,
San Francisco Public Library, Southern Pacific Building, Camp
Fremont (San Mateo), Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building,
Francis Drake Hotel; 1923 - name changed to
Lindgren & Swinerton, Inc.; 1929 - 92nd company
out of some 28,000 to apply for licenses (required by new law
passed by California legislature); retains license number 92 to
present day; failed bids for Boulder Dam, Golden Gate Bridge;
1942 - became general partnership called Swinerton &
Walberg; May 1963 - William Swinerton (son) named
president; 1976 - became 100 percent
employee-owned; 1996 - Swinerton group organized
under umbrella company Swinerton Inc.; 2000 -
revenues over $1 billion.
Swinerton - Swinerton Inc.
May 22, 1888
- Architect Leroy S. Buffington, of Minneapolis, MN, received a
patent for "Iron Building Construction" ("in a manner that will
practically obviate undue expansion and contraction during the
extremes of heat and cold...novel construction and arrangement
of the stairs and elevator-shafts whereby there is attained the
necessary strength and stability, together with compactness and
utilization of the space to the best advantage...improved plan
of floors, and means of bracing the iron beams in fire-proof
floors"); system for building skyscrapers using metal skeleton
frame (made building tall structures feasible).
1889 - Arthur James Arnot, William
Blanch Brain invented electric drill in Melbourne, Australia.
May 4, 1892
- Thomas. L. Wilson in Spray, NC discovered, by accident,
process for commercial production of acetylene; experiment to
produce metallic calcium was unsuccessful, dumped slaglike
waste product in a nearby stream, water reacted with the slag
and liberated acetylene gas; founded Wilson Aluminum Company to
produce acetylene on a commercial scale.
January 16, 1894
- Theodore Witte, of Chilliwhack, BC, received a patent for a
"Puttying-Tool"; improved application "of putty to window sashes
and similar things".
- Wilhelm Emil Fein invented hand-held, portable electric drill
in Stuttgart, Germany.
1895 - Russell
Hinton began career as desk polisher in San Francisco;
1978 - Bob Mengarelli, former sales representative
for Russell Hinton Company, became sole owner, President; grew
into full service, premier painting, decorating firm; 1985
- added drywall division (drywall, metal framing, rocking,
taping for interior tenant improvements).
June 1, 1897
- Crystal Chemical Works opened first rock wool factory in U.S.
in Alexandria, IN; local limestone rock melted in
specially designed water-jacketed cupola, blown by steam
pressure to form fine wool-like threads; insect-proof,
fireproof, useful insulating material, desirable packing for
walls, covering for steam boilers, etc.
Edmund O. Wattis, William H.
Wattis, and Warren L. Wattis founded Utah Construction Company;
name changed to Utah Construction and Mining,
eventually to Utah International; 1976 -
merged with General Electric.
March 4, 1902
- Ernest L. Ransome, of New York, NY, received a patent for
"Concrete Construction" ("construction of buildings of
May 6, 1902
- Henry C. Turner, civil engineer, founded Turner Construction
Company at 11 Broadway in New York with capital of $25,000;
1929 - volume of $44 million; 1941 - J.
A. (Archie) Turner (youngest brother) assumed control;
January 1947 - Henry Chandler Turner, Jr. (eldest son)
elected President; 1951 - volume exceeded $100
million; 1965 - Howard Sinclair Turner (Archie's son) assumed
Presidency; 1969 - went public; 1970
- Howard Sinclair Turner named chairman; 1977 -
sales exceeded $1 billion; 1984 - Turner
Corporation formed; 1999 - acquired by HOCHTIEF
AG; 2001 - sales of $6.3 billion.
- Cementos Hidalgo cement plant opened in northern Mexico to
support construction industry; 1909
- annual production of 66.000 tons (interrupted during Mexican
Revolution in 1912, full production resumed in 1921);
1920 - Cementos
Portland Monterey plant opened to supply cement to northeastern
Mexico; 1931 -
merged, formed Cementos Mexicanos S.A.;
1943 - Monterey plant capacity of 250
tons daily; 1948 -
annual production of 124,000 tons of cement;
1960 - Monterey
plant daily production of 500 tons;
1966 - acquired Cementos Maya to supply
southern Mexico; 1976
- went public, acquired Cementos Guadajara, became Mexico's
cement market leader; 1985
- annual sales exceeded 6.7 million tons of cement, clinker;
annual sales of three cement plants exceeded 1 million tons;
574,000 tons exported; divested non-core assets to focus on
cement; 1986 -
installed capacity exceeded 10.7 million tons/year;
1989 - acquired
Cementos Tolteca, Mexico's second largest cement producer;
became one of top to cement producers in world;
1992 - entered
European market, acquired Spain's two largest cement companies;
1994 - entered
South America, acquired Venezuela's largest cement producer;
1995 - entered
Caribbean market, acquired leading cement company in Dominican
Republic; 1996 -
world's largest cement company;
2000 - acquired U.S.-based Southdown, became
North America's largest cement producer;
March 2005 - acquired London-based RMC
Group for $5.8 billion; added 20 European markets, doubled in
size; 2006 - more
than 50,000 employees; worldwide leader in ready-mix concrete.
- Einar Kornerup founded masonry business in Denmark; evolved
into broadly based contracting company; developed from
personally owned business to joint-stock company led by
professional management with family holding majority of shares.
January 22, 1907
- Thomas Edison received a patent for an "Apparatus for Grinding
and Separating Fine Materials" ("especially designed for use in
the manufacture of Portland cement").
- Danish immigrant Joseph Nielsen founded J. Nielsen & Co.,
small, one-man shop, in Round Hill, VA; 1924 -
acquired W.M. Bucher & Son, prominent builder in Shenandoah
Valley; 1951 - incorporated, renamed Nielsen
Construction Co.; 1961 - Samuel Shrum succeeded as
company president; 1996 - formed parent company,
form the parent company of Nielsen Builders; 2008
- 230 people, more than $80 million of project revenue.
June 1, 1909
- James Fletcher, Scotsman, Albert Morris, Englishman (had
formed Fletcher and Morris, small house-building and jobbing
partnership in Dunedin, New Zealand) awarded first contract to build villa
for J. M. Cameron; 1912
- Morris left; William Fletcher (brother) joined business
(followed by Andrew, John),
renamed Fletcher Brothers; November
- registered The Fletcher Construction
Company Limited as limited liability company with capital of
- James (J. C.) Fletcher (son) joined company (named Managing
Director in 1942);
1940 - formed
Fletcher Holdings as public company;
1945 - third of company acquired by
Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd (Australia) for
1951 - joint venture
with two American companies, first
of its kind in New Zealand;
1952 - with
Government, formed the Tasman Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. to use pulp
from radiata pine for kraft papermaking in the central North
Island; 1953 -
largest construction project undertaken at that time in New
Zealand (houses of Kawerau township);
1954 - formed seven subsidiaries
(timber, construction, steel, sales and service, trust company,
industry, plant hire); 1955
- acquired Kauri Timber Co Ltd., became New Zealand's biggest
timber processor; annual sales exceeded £13.2 million;
1965 - generated
£1,000,000 profit; late 1970s - shopping mall development, construction
and property sector; increasing focus on construction
management, design and build; developer in
its own right; 1981
- formed Fletcher Challenge Ltd (merger of Fletcher Challenge, Tasman Pulp and
Paper Co. Ltd, Challenge Corporation), New Zealand's largest
public company; December 1999
- reorganized, broken into three companies:
Fletcher Building (Fletcher Construction; operating revenue of
$2.38 billion in 2000), Fletcher Challenge Forests (now named
Tenon), Rubicon (New Zealand) to commercialize emerging
2002 - building
backlog of $400 million;
Zealand's best-performing listed companies, 12,000 employees
worldwide, dominated domestic building industry;
pre-eminent general contractor in New
Zealand, South Pacific.
(sitting, 3rd from left) - Fletcher Construction
January 12, 1909
- Thomas A. Edison received two patents for "Waterproofing-Paint
for Portland-Cement Buildings" ("so that the paint will be very
permanent") and for "Waterproofing-Paint for Portland-Cement
June 1, 1909
- Thomas A. Edison received a patent for "Shaft-Coupling" ("for
use with heavy shafting where the power transmitted is of great
magnitude, as for example in the driving of rolls used in the
crushing of Portland cement clinker").
- Andrew J. Sordoni established construction business in
Pennsylvania with two wagons, team of borrowed horses; hauled
coal, removed ashes, dug cellars by hand;
1924 - first major project (Kingston
High School) at cost of $1 million;
January 2010 - William E. Sordoni became
president (fourth generation of family management of Sordoni
Construction Services); Northeastern Pennsylvania's largest
construction manager and general contractor.
Andrew J. Sordoni
- Edward Hodgdon founded E.A. Hodgdon, contractor and builder,
in Northeast Harbor, Maine; built most of original homes in
Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, ME;
1930s - grew from residential
construction company into national crating and shipping company;
1940s - Horace
Bucklin (nephew) took over; name changed to H.E. Bucklin;
1942 - awarded
large contract from Ford Motor Company to build large truck
boxes to ship Ford armored vehicles, other defense products
overseas to American forces in Europe and to Russian troops
fighting Hitler’s army on Eastern front;
October 22, 1942 - formed Crobb Box
Company in garage in Northeast Harbor, ME (named for founding
partners: Clement, Gerald Richardson, O’Brien, Bucklin);
1963 - Crobb
spun-off; 1978 -
Charles "Chuck" Bucklin joined family business; 1986 - acquired
company from his grandfather (Horace), renamed C.E. Bucklin &
- Jacob Klein established Klein Building Products Company in
Cleveland, OH; developed, distributed waterproofing, concrete
additive products; mid 1940s
- had partnered Lawrence Korach (cousin); marketed eight
products on regional basis under Euclid Chemical Company, Euco
brand name; 1951 -
100% interest acquired by Korach; became sole owner, President;
1960 - grew company
nine-fold; expanded the product line to over 60 concrete,
masonry construction products; distributed Euco products
nationally; January 3, 1967
- The Euclid Chemical Company registered "Euco" trademark first
used February 1, 1910 (inert, non-paint-like, synthetic,
rubber-resin protective coating for sealing, curing,
dustproofing, and hardening concrete floors);
1984 - The Euclid
Chemical Company acquired by RPM, Inc.; Jeff Korach (son) as
President; increased product line to over 150 standard products;
developed domestic, international sales;
1997 - Ken Korach (son) named President;
manufactures, distributes over 600 specialty products,
supporting services to concrete and masonry construction market.
October 27, 1910
- Owners of Tarmo ("vigor") machine shop in
Helsinki (opened in 1908, repaired, reconditioned used
equipment) incorporated KONE ("machine") Ltd.; sold their shares
to Gottfrid Strömberg, Finland’s leading producer of electric
motors and equipment (importer, installer of Graham Brothers
elevators from Sweden); 1912
- Lorenz Petrell, head of Strömberg’s elevator department,
became managing director of KONE;
1916 - Walter Jakobsson joined KONE as technical
director; 1917 -
Finland declared independence from Russia, KONE ended licensing
agreement with Graham Brothers, Strömberg’s entire elevator
department joined KONE, set out to produce, sell European-class
Finnish elevator; 1919
- made 5 elevators; 1924
- selling, installing 100 elevators a year; Strömberg faced
bankruptcy; KONE acquired by Harald Herlin, bank appointed
businessman; 1928 -
manufactured 320 elevators; 1932
- Heikki Herlin (son) named managing director (had joined
company in 1928); 1939 - produced 3,000th elevator;
1940 - delivered
200th industrial crane (since 1934);
1964 - Pekka Herlin (grandson) named
president; 1968 -
acquired ASEA’s elevator business; went from single-market
company with some export activity to market leader of Northern
Europe; 1974 -
transformed from national company to one that had production,
sales, service operations in nine countries; acquired
Westinghouse’s European elevator business; turned business
around in less than four years established as major
international competitor for Otis, Schindler, Thyssen;
1975 - elevator,
crane, conveyor company; late 1980s
- one of world’s top three companies in elevators and
escalators, cranes, wood-handling systems, shipboard cargo
handling systems; 1993-1995
- sold crane, wood-handling, cargo access, instrument
businesses; November 1994
- acquired Montgomery Elevator Company, fourth largest elevator
company in United States; March 14,
1996 - announced technology breakthrough; design
engineers had applied linear-motor technology to elevator in way
that eliminated machine room in most low-rise installations;
revolutionized industry; 2002
- acquired Partek, Finnish conglomerate;
June 1, 2005- company split in two: KONE
Corporation, Cargotec Corporation (formed from Kone
Corporation’s load handling [Hiab], container handling [Kalmar],
marine cargo handling [MacGREGOR] businesses);
2010 - 4 billion
euro company with approximately 33,000 employees and operations
- KONE (http://www.kone.com/corporate/en/company/history/presidentsboardchairmen/
May 23, 1911
- Thomas Edison received a patent for a "Device for Feeding
Pulverulent Material" ("apparatus for continuously and uniformly
feeding very finely, pulverulent material in any industrial art
where an approximately uniform feed is necessary... fine ground
cement rock and limestone that is use in the manufacture of
- The British Plaster Board Ltd. founded; 1917 -
incorporated as private company; 1932 - went public; 1953
- acquired C Davidson & Sons Limited (owned Abertay Paper
Sacks), became one of largest producers in world of paper bags;
1954 - acquired Westroc Industries Limited, major
move into Canadian, North American markets; 1965 -
name of parent company changed to BPB Industries Ltd.;
acquired British Gypsum Limited, became market leader in
building, industrial products; 1987 - acquired
Rigips brand (major international expansion in Germany, Austria,
Italy and the Netherlands), became one of leaders in building
plasters, specialist and industrial plasters, plasterboard
liner, packaging boards; 2000 - became number one
in Europe for EPS Insulation material; 2005 -
acquired by Saint-Gobain, organized within Saint-Gobain's
Construction Products Sector.
November 6, 1917 - S. Duncan Black, Alonzo G.
Decker received a patent for an "Electrically-Driven Tool";
hand-held drill combined pistol grip, trigger switch; assigned
to The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company.
- Frank Taylor (16) borrowed £100 to build 2 houses in
Blackpool, UK (made 100% profit on venture); Jack Woodrow,
uncle, lent name to business, formed 'Taylor Woodrow';
1937 - formed Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd;
1954 - over 250 projects around world; 2004
- Building Magazine declared Taylor Woodrow ‘Major Housebuilder
Of The Year’; completed company’s transformation into leading
housebuilder in UK building industry; July 3, 2007
- merged with George Wimpey Plc; formed Taylor Wimpey plc.
- O.G. Bradbury, trained carpenter and millwright, began O.G.
Bradbury, Contractor, in Albuqerque, NM; Highland Park Bandstand
(1923) in Albuquerque first commercial/public job; 1946
- Robert Stamm (son-in-law) joined company as a laborer;
1958 - became partner, company incorporated, name
changed to Bradbury & Stamm Construction Company, Inc.
- Del Webb established contracting business in Arizona; built
entire cities for military; 1945 - Webb, partner
bought New York Yankees (owned team for 20 years); January
1, 1960 - Sun City, innovative community designed
exclusively for retired people, opened; built Flamingo Hotel in
Las Vegas for underworld figure Bugsy Siegel; July 31,
2001 - merged with of Pulte Homes, Inc.; formed nation's
largest homebuilding company ( $14.7 billion).
1936 - Henry F. Phillips, of Portland, OR,
received a patent for a "Screw" ('...improvements in any type of
screw formed with a tool-engaging recess in one of its ends');
received second patent for a "Means for Uniting a Screw with a
Driver" ('...composite structure of a screw and a tool or
driver...when brought together in the ordinary manner of
presenting a screw driver to a screw, will cause the two to
become securely united').
October 11, 1938
- Games Slayter, of Newark, OH (vice-president, Research and
Development of newly formed Owens-Corning Fiberglas
Corporation), received a patent for a "Method and Apparatus for
Making Glass Wool" (flexible glass wool - Fiberglas) and a
patent for "Textile Material"; Slayter and John H. Thomas
received patent for "Glass Wool and Method and Apparatus for
Making Same" and another patent for "Glass Fabric"; sought to
make a finer glass fiber material (instead of natural or other
synthetic fibers); assigned patents to Owens-Illinois Glass Co.
November 1, 1938
- Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass Works announced formation of
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation as an independent company to
develop glass-fiber products; reported sales of $2,555,000, and
632 employees; December 31, 1971 - sales surpassed
the $half billion; August 15, 1980 - the Pink
Panther, cartoon character, became corporate mascot to promote
the sales of PINK Fiberglas insulation; January 2, 1996
- name changed to Owens Corning; 1999 - sales exceeded $5
- Jim Walter (23) used $395 in savings, $500 in borrowed money,
borrowed $100 lot to buy first "shell" (unfinished) home for
$895 from Tampa, FL builder, O.L. Davenport; sold it three days
later for $300 profit; became Davenport's partner; formed
Davenport & Walter; 1953
- partnership dissolved; 1955
- incorporated Walter Construction Company as Jim Walter
Corporation; sold unfinished, traditionally constructed homes as
affordable, alternative housing;
1960s - acquired 15 different subsidiaries;
1962 - acquired
Celotex Corporation, manufacturer of fiberboard; more than
doubled company's size; March 9,
1964 - went public; 1969 - sales of $623 million
(No. 287 in the Fortune 500); 1972
- merged Panacon Corporation, third-largest Canadian producer of
asbestos, into Celotex Corporation;
1982 - Jim Walter Homes set company
record - built 10,267 homes;
January 1988 - $2.4 billion leveraged buyout
completed, led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, LP; formed new
company, subsequently named Walter Industries, Inc.;
deleveraged, divested Jim Walter Corporation, Celotex, Jim
Walter Papers, The Georgia Marble Company, certain other
subsidiaries; December 1989
- sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from asbestos
claimants (first bankruptcy for KKR company);
March 17, 1995 -
emerged from bankruptcy protection through plan that settled the
more than $2.6 billion in claims by having the company
contribute $375 million to the Celotex Settlement Fund (part of
payment in form of Walter Industries stock; fund owned 10.9% of
company by early 1997); January
1997 - went public again;
2008 - restructured Jim Walter Homes,
closed 36 branches; January 6, 2009
- closed sales offices in 12 states, ended era that began in
1946 (built more than 350,000 homes); Walter Industries - annual
sales of about $1.4 billion, 2,500 employees .
Chung Ju Yung
founded Hyundai Group as engineering, construction
- Edward Gideon "E.G." Melroe, the son of Norwegian immigrants,
founded Melroe Manufacturing Company in Gwinner, ND to meet
increasing demand for Melroe Pickup (first invention), grain
harvesting attachment, used on combines that could efficiently
pick up windrows of grain with minimal loss of kernels. His
second was a spring-tooth harrow;
1955 - Lester, Clifford, Roger, Irving Melroe
(sons), Eugene Dahl (son-in-law) took over business;
1958 - bought
rights to Keller Loader, self-propelled (6 HP engine with rope
starter), 3-wheeled loader (two drive wheels in front, small
caster wheel in back) light enough to be lifted up to second
floor of barn, maneuverable enough to clean around poles,
ability to turn 360 degrees in its own length (developed by
Cyril and Louis Keller, brothers from Rothsay, MN; had small
machinist-blacksmith shop, repaired machinery for local
farmers); renamed three-wheeled Melroe Self-Propelled Loader;
1960 - introduced
model M-400 (four-wheel-drive, first true skid-steer loader);
revolutionized world of compact material-handling technology
(did not sell well); 1962
- launched M-440 (improved version); bobcat logo appeared on
machine (tough, quick, agile);
January 24, 1967 - Melroe Manufacturing Company
registered "Melroe Bobcat" trademark first used December 26,
1961 (self-propelled front end loader vehicles);
1967 - acquired
Reiten Manufacturing (Cooperstown, ND), manufacturer of
moldboard plow; 1969
- acquired by Clark Equipment Company (became Melroe Division);
1984 - name changed
to Melroe Company; 1995
- acquired by Ingersoll-Rand Company; 2007 - acquired by Doosan
Infracore (South Korea); 2009
- 1000 Bobcat dealers in 90 countries.
September 7, 1948
- First use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete occurred
in Akron, OH.
- Black and Decker introduced first cordless drill (developed by
Robert H. Riley, Jr. who focused on battery technology for
drills that would allow workman to complete installations
without additional source of electricity;
October 19, 1965 - Riley, of Towson, MD
and Daniel M. Elligson, of Baltimore, MD, received a patent for
a "Heavy-Duty Industrial-Type Battery Powered Electric Drill" -
cordless electric drill; assigned to Black & Decker
March 2, 1987
- Government officials reported that median price for new home
topped $100,000 for first time.
March 2008 -
Industry faltered - annual rate of change in spending over
May 2008 -
Hispanics in construction
of Labor Statistics, Moody's Economy.com;
October 24, 2008 - Chinese government made
efforts to support real estate prices; central bank told
commercial banks to reduce mortgage rates, down payment amounts
for first mortgage applicants, stamp tax on real estate
purchases (for first-time home buyers of apartments less than
1,000 sq. ft.)
November 18, 2008 - National Association of Home
Builders reported its monthly
Fargo housing market index
(calculated since January 1985) plunged five points to record
low 9 (peaked at 72 during height of housing bubble)
- 1) rapid decline in nonresidential construction spending for
almost every category; 2) private residential construction
spending peaked in 2006 (as
Americans spent $643 billion on building homes and apartments,
55% of total construction spending, unprecedented since
government began collecting data in 1960s); down more than 60%
in early 2010 to $243 billion; 3) publicly financed
construction (roads, schools, sewers) largest of three
categories. Figures below - in real dollars, unadjusted for
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Pub., 314 p.). Hubbard Construction Company--History--20th
century; Construction industry--United States--History--20th
(Hunting Gate Group), W.J. Reader (1983).
To Have and to Hold: An Account of Frederick Bandet's Life in
Business (Hitchin, Hertfordshire: Hunting Gate Group,
(Impresa Rosso), A Cura di Valerio Castronovo,
Roberto Gabetti e Aimaro Isola (1995). L’Impresa Rosso: Note
Sul Settore Edilizio a Torino Negli Ultimi Cinquant’Anni.
(Torino, IT: Pluriverso, 201 p.). Impresa Rosso--History;
Construction industry--Italy--Turin--History; Apartment
(Indiana Builders Association), A Wolliam
High Pitches and Other Tall Tales: A Mirror into the Soul of
Housing and Politics. (Indianapolis, IN: Indiana
Builders Association, 186 p.). Carson, A. William; Indiana
(Irby Construction Co.), Carroll Brinson
The Stuart C. Irby Story. (Jackson, MI: Oakdale Press,
187 p.). Irby, Stuart C., 1888-1979; Stuart C. Irby
Co.--History; Irby Construction Co.--History; Electric
(Jennings Industries), Don Garden (1992).
Builders to the Nation: The A.V. Jennings Story.
(Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 417 p.). Jennings,
A.V. (Albert Victor) Sir, 1896- ; Jennings Industries--History;
(Karl Koch Erecting Company - founded 1906),
Karl Koch III with Richard Firstman (2002).
Men of Steel: The Story of the Family That Built the World Trade
Center. (New York, NY: Crown, 402 p.). Koch family;
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)--Design and construction;
Karl Koch Erecting Company; Construction industry--United
States--Biography; New York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
(Peter Kiewit Sons’ Co.), Hollis J. Limprecht.
The Kiewit Story: Remarkable Man, Remarkable Company.
(Omaha, NE: Omaha World-Herald Co., 294 p.). Kiewit, Peter,
1900-1979; Peter Kiewit Sons’ Co.--History.
(Lehigh Portland cement Co.), Jesse Rainsford
James Read, Building Material Merchant. (Allentown, PA:
Lehigh Portland cement Co., 179 p.). Building materials.
(London Brick Company), Robert Cook (1997).
Bucks Bricks: A History of Bletchley and Calvert Brickworks and
the London Brick Company. (Whittlebury, UK: Baron, 127
p.). London Brick Company -- History; Brickworks -- England --
Bletchley -- History; Brickworks -- England -- Calvert --
(Lustron), Thomas T. Fetters (2002).
The Lustron Home: The History of a Postwar Prefabricated Housing
Experiment. (Fefferson, NC: McFarland, 186 p.). Lustron
Corporation--History; Prefabricated houses--United
(Lustron), Douglas Knerr (2004).
Suburban Steel: The Magnificent Failure of the Lustron
Corporation, 1945-1951. (Columbus, OH: Ohio State
University Press, 248 p.). associate professor of social
sciences (Roosevelt University). Lustron Corporation--History;
Prefabricated houses--United States--History; Housing--United
States--History--20th century; Business failures--United States.
(P. MacCallum), John R. Hume and Michael Moss
A Bed of Nails: The History of P. MacCallum & Sons Ltd of
Greenock, 1781-1981, A Study in Survival. (Greenock:
Lang & Fulton, 148 p.). P. MacCallum & Sons Ltd.--History; Nail
industry--Great Britain--History; Iron industry and trade--Great
Britain--History; Steel industry and trade--Great
Britain--History; Shipbuilding industry--Great Britain--History.
(Manson Construction Co.), Patricia Latourette
Bridging the Generations: The History of Manson Construction Co.
(Seattle, WA: Documentary Media, 304 p). Manson Construction Co.
-- history. Family-owned marine-construction company; dredged compromised waterfront structures built to
accommodate cargo, passenger ships, ferryboats on rivers and
inlets of Pacific Coast.
(Mason Companies), Ann Arnold Lemert (1979).
First You Take a Pick & Shovel: The Story of the Mason
Companies (Lexington, KY: J. Bradford Press, 256 p.).
(Alfred McAlpine plc), Tony Gray (1987).
The Road to Success, Alfred McAlpine 1935-1985.
(Wiltshire, UK: Park Lane Press, 208 p.). McAlpine, Alfred;
Construction industry--Great Britain.
(Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.), James Saxon
Childers (1925). Robert McAlpine. A Biography. (Oxford,
UK: University Press, 189 p.). McAlpine, Sir Robert;
construction industry--Great Britain.
(McCree Inc.), W.A. McCree, Jr. (1986).
The Hammer and the Pencil: The Story of McCree, Inc., Architects
& Constructors, 1926-1986. (Orlando, FL: McCree, Inc.,
294 p.). McCree, W. A. (William Allen), 1888-1953; McCree,
(John McShain Inc.), Carl M. Brauer (1996).
The Man Who Built Washington: A Life of John McShain.
(Wilmington, DE: Hagley Museum and Library. Historian,
Biographer. McShain, John; Construction industry--Philadelphia;
Construction industry--Washington, DC. One
of largest builders in United States; constructed many of
monuments, public buildings in Washington, DC that symbolized
history, growth of modern federal government (Pentagon, State
Department Building, Jefferson Memorial, National Airport,
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 1951 rebuilding of
White House, Kennedy Center, many more).
(M. A. Mortenson Company), Carol Pine (2004).
Building a Legacy: M.A. Mortenson Company: 50 years,
1954-2004. (Minneapolis, MN: M. A. Mortenson Co., 288 p.).
Mortenson, M. A. (Mauritz A.), 1905- ; M. A. Mortenson
Company--History; Construction industry--Minnesota--History;
Construction industry--United States--Biography;
(National Gypsum Company), Dean Richmond
Design for Growth: The Story of National Gypsum Company in
Commemoration of Its 35th Anniversary. (Buffalo, NY:
Baker, Jones, Hausauer, 142 p.). National Gypsum Company; Gypsum
(National Gypsum Company), Marc Bockmon
Turning Points: The National Gypsum Story. (Dallas, TX:
Taylor Pub. Co., 145 p.). National Gypsum Company--History;
Gypsum industry--United States--History.
(Opus Group of Companies), Compiled and Edited
for Gerald A. Rauenhorst, Opus Founder, by William Swanson
A Better Way: Faith, Family, and the First Fifty Years of the
Opus Group of Companies. (Minnetonka, MN: Opus Group of
Companies, 262 p.). Rauenhorst, Gerald A. (Gerald Anthony),
1927- ; Opus Corporation--History; Opus Group of
Companies--History; Construction industry--United
States--Biography; Construction industry--Minnesota--History;
(Pacific Bridge Company), R. Bruce Way (1996).
The Life and Careers of William Henry Gorrill, 1841-1874.
(Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 233 p.). Gorrill,
William Henry, 1841-1874.; Pacific Bridge Company--History;
Lawyers--United States--Biography; Businesspeople--United
States--Biography; Bridge construction industry--United
(Parsons Brinckerhoff), Benson Bobrick (1985).
Parsons Brinckerhoff: The First Hundred Years. (New
York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 276 p.). Parsons Brinckerhoff.
(PCL Construction Group), Shirley R. Graham
(2005). The PCL Story: Our First 100 Years. (Edmonton,
AB: PCL Construction Group, 276 p.). PCL Construction
Group--History; Construction industry--Canada--History.
(Phoenix Bridge Company), Thomas R. Winpenny
Without Fitting, Filing, or Chipping: An Illustrated History of
the Phoenix Bridge Company. (Easton, PA: Canal History
and Technology Press, 154 p.). Phoenix Bridge Company;
Bridges--United States--Design and construction--History--19th
century; Bridges, Prefabricated--History--19th century.
(Pitt-Des Moines), Jim Foster with Rich
Towering Over America: An Illustrated History of Pitt-Des
Moines, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA: Pitt-Des Moines, Inc., 172
p.). Pitt-Des Moines, Inc.--History; Construction
industry--United States--History; Steel industry and
trade--United States--History; Building, Iron and steel--United
(Portland Cement), Eric Rosenthal (1971).
The Story of Portland Cement in South Africa. (Johannesburg,
S. Africa: Portland Cement Institute, 126 p.). Portland
cement--South Africa--History; Cement industries--South
Africa--History; Civil engineering--South Africa--History.
(Pulte Homes), Joe Schuler (2006).
Building a Legacy: The Bill Pulte Story. (Bloomfield
Hills, MI: Pulte Homes, 147 p.). Pulte, Bill; Pulte Homes.
(Quincy Quarries Company), John A.
Quincy Quarries: Gold and Gloom. (Bloomington, IN:
Trafford Publishing, 56 p.). Quincy Quarries Company -- history;
quarries -- Massachusetts -- history. Structures built of world
famous Quincy granite during "Golden Years"; quarry scenes,
individuals involved in various incidents during years of
"Gloom" (many deaths due to rock slides, drowning, murder,
(RPM Inc.), Jeffrey L. Rodengen (2002).
The Heritage and Values of RPM, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale,
FL: Write Stuff Enterprises, 144 p.). RPM, Inc.--History;
Coatings indstry--United States--History.
(Sellen Construction Company), Patricia
Latourette Lucas (1996).
Growing with Seattle: The Story of Sellen Construction Company.
(Seattle, WA: Sellen Construction, 175 p.). Sellen Construction
Company --History; Seattle (Wash.) --Buildings, structures, etc.
(J. F. Shea Co.), Jeffrey L. Rodengen, Richard
F. Hubbard (2004).
The History of J.F. Shea Co. (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write
Stuff Enterprises, 184 p.). J.F. Shea Co.--History; Construction
(Six Companies Inc.), Donald E. Wolf; foreword
by Richard Lowitt (1996).
Big Dams and Other Dreams: The Six Companies Story.
(Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 336 p.). Six
Companies--History; Construction industry--West
(U.S.)--History--20th century; Hoover Dam (Ariz. and
(AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd ), Juliet Flesch & Rosemary Francis
(2008). Spanning the Centuries: A History
of AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd. (Mulgrave, Vic: A E Smith &
Son Pty Ltd, 142 p). Construction industry -- Australia --
History; Civil engineering -- Australia -- History; A.E. Smith &
Co -- History. Family-owned firm, its part
in construction of Australia over more than 100 years.
(Wilbur Smith Associates), John A. Montgomery
(1985). History of Wilbur Smith and Associates, 1952-1984.
(Columbia, SC: W. Smith and Associates, 247 p.). Smith, Wilbur
Stevenson, 1911- ; Wilbur Smith and Associates--History;
Construction industry--United States--History;
(St. Lawrence Cement), Miriam D. Silverman
the Plant: The St. Lawrence Cement Controversy and the Battle
for Quality of Life in the Hudson Valley. (Albany, NY:
State University of New York Press, 176 p.). St. Lawrence Cement
(Firm)--Public opinion; Cement plants--Environmental
aspects--Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.); Hudson River
Valley (N.Y. and N.J.)--Environmental conditions.
Controversy surrounding proposed
building of coal-fired cement factory in Hudson Valley town of Greenport, NY, in 1999.
(Tarmac Ltd.), J. B. F. Earle (1971).
A Century of Road Materials: The History of the Roadstone
Division of Tarmac Ltd. (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 182 p.).
Tarmac Ltd. Roadstone Division; Road construction
industry--Great Britain; Quarries and quarrying--Great Britain.
(Taylor Woodrow Ltd, Alan Jenkins (1980).
Built on Teamwork. (London, UK: Heinemann, 245 p.).
Taylor Woodrow Ltd.
(Taylor Woodrow Ltd.), John Carmichael (1997).
Together We Build: Fifty Years of Taylor Woodrow in Ghana,
1947-1997. (London, UK: Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited,
166 p.). Taysec Construction Limited--History; Taylor Woodrow
Ltd.--History; Construction industry--Ghana--History--20th
century; Construction industry--Ghana--History; Ghana--History;
(TD Industries), Ashley Cheshire (1987).
A Partnership of the Spirit: The Story of Jack Lowe and
TDIndustries. (Dallas, TX: TDIndustries, 182 p.). Lowe,
Jack, 1939-1980; TDIndustries--History; Businesspeople--United
States--Biography; Conglomerate corporations--United
(J. A. Terteling), David Loth (1982). J.A.
Terteling & Sons, Earth Movers. (Boise, ID: J.A. Terteling,
282 p.). J.A. Terteling & Sons--History; Construction
industry--Northwest, Pacific--History; Earthwork--Northwest,
--- (1983). Built to Last: The Business
History of J.A. Terteling & Sons. (Boise, ID: J.A.
Terteling, 143 p.). J.A. Terteling & Sons--History; Construction
(Thompson-Starrett Co. - built Woolworth
building in 1910), Louis J. Horowitz and Boyden Sparkes (1937).
The Towers of New York; The Memoirs of a Master Builder.
(New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 277 p.). Thompson-Starrett co.,
inc., New York; Building--New York (N.Y.).
(Thiess Holdings Limited), Joan Priest (1981).
The Thiess Story. (Ascot, Qld.: Boolarong Publications,
256 p.). Thiess, Leslie, Sir, 1909- ; Thiess Holdings
Limited--History; Construction industry--Australia--History;
(Turner Construction Company), Donald E. Wolf
Turner's First Century: A History of Turner Construction Company.
(Lyme, CT: Greenwich Publishing Group, Inc., 448 p.). Turner
Construction Company--History; Construction industry--United
Henry C. Turner -
(Universal Atlas Cement Company), Earl J.
The Magic Powder; History of the Universal Atlas Cement Company
and the Cement Industry. (New York, NY: Putnam, 382 p.).
Cement--United States; Cement industries--United States.
(Utah International), Sterling D. Sessions and
Gene A. Sessions (2005).
A History of Utah International: From Construction to Mining.
(Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 256 p.). Utah
Construction Company--History; Utah Construction & Mining
Co.--History; Utah International Inc.--History; Construction
industry--United States; Mining industry--United States.
Company transformed into largest, most
profitable mining company in United States.
- founded Utah International in 1900
(Vinci), Edite par Dominique Barjot; préface
de Michel Tournier (2003). La Trace des Bâtisseurs: Histoire
du Groupe Vinci. (Rueil-Malmaison, FR: Vinci, 623 p.,).
Vinci (Group); Construction industry--France--History.
(Jim Walter), Alvin Moscow (1995).
Building a Business: the Jim Walter Story. (Sarasota,
FL: Pineapple Press, 338 p.). Walter, Jim;
industry--Florida--History--20th century; Real estate
(Washington Brick and Terra Cotta Company),
Part I / by Sarah Miller Birney and Dion Scott Birney; Part II,
by Arthur, Lex, and Charlie Birney (1993). A Brief History of
the Washington Brick and Terra Cotta Company, 1892-1992.
(Washington, DC: Washington Brick and Terra Cotta Co., 82 p.
[2nd ed.]). Washington Brick and Terra Cotta Company--History;
Brick trade--Washington (D.C.)--History; Brickworks--United
States--History; Real estate developers--Washington
Region--History; Real estate developers--United States--History.
(Del Webb Corporation), Margaret Finnerty,
Tara Blanc (1999).
Del Webb: A Man, a Company. ( Phoenix, AZ: Heritage
Publishers, 277 p. [2nd rev .ed.]). Del Webb; Del Webb
Corporation; Housing--United States--History--20th century;
(Whiting-Mead Company), Perry Whiting (1930).
Autobiography of Perry Whiting, Pioneer Building Material
Merchant of Los Angeles. (Los Angeles, CA: Printed by
Smith-Barnes Corporation, 334 p.). Whiting, Perry, 1868-.
(Winstone Limited), Frank A. Simpson (1965).
The First Century. (Auckland, NZ: Winstone, 195 p.).
(Woods Construction, Inc.), O.L. Pfaffmann and
John Bodary as told to Judy Goldwasser (2001).
Building on Success: Woods Construction, The First 50 Years.
(Fraser, MI: Woods Construction, 239 p.). Woods Construction,
Inc.; Construction industry--Michigan--History.
(J. W. York Co.), Linda Harris Edmisten.
(1987). J.W. Willie York: His First Seventy-Five Years in
Raleigh: An Historical Biography. (Raleigh, NC: L. H.
Edmisten, 160 p.). York, James Wesley, 1912- ;
Industrialists--United States--Biography; Construction
(York International), Jeffrey L. Rodengen
The Legend of York International. (Fort Lauderdale, FL:
Write Stuff Syndicate, 186 p.). York International
(Firm)--History; Heating and ventilation industry--United
States; Air conditioning equipment industry--United States;
International business enterprises--United States.
Jeff Byles (2005).
Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition. (New York,
NY: Harmony Books, 368 p.). Wrecking--History; Construction
industry--History. Episodes in world of demolition.
Roy Coad (1979).
Laing: The Biography of Sir John W. Laing, C.B.E. (1879-1978).
(London,UK: Hodder and Stoughton, 238 p.). Laing, John William,
Sir, 1879-1978; Businesspeople--Great Britain--Biography;
Construction industry--Great Britain--History.
John Coley (2000). Charles Luney: The
Building of a Lifetime. (Christchurch, NZ: Hazard Press, 176
p.). Luney, Charles; Contractors--New Zeland Biography;
Construction industry--New Zealand--History.
Scott Cook (2011).
Handmade Brick for Texas : A Mexican Border Industry, Its
Workers, and Its Business. (Lanham, MD: Lexington
Books, 255 p.). Professor Emeritus in the Department of
Anthropology (University of Connecticut). Brickmaking -- Mexico,
North; Brick trade -- Texas. Binational handmade brick industry,
its competitive situation in Texas market; one of pioneering
non-agricultural manufacturing industries in lower Rio
Grande/Rio Bravo corridor, precursor of binational, cross-border
maquiladora industry that came to identify U.S.-Mexico border
economy in aftermath of Border Industrialization Program [BIP]
launched in 1965.
Douglas Frantz (1993).
From the Ground Up: The Business of Building in the Age of Money.
(Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 288 p. [orig.
pub. 1991]). Rincon Center (San Francisco, Calif.); Real estate
development--California--San Francisco--Case studies;
Construction industry--California--San Francisco--Case studies.
John W. French and Fred F. French (1993).
A Vigorous Life: The Story of Fred F. French, Builder of
Skyscrapers. (New York, NY: Vantage Press, 254 p.).
French, Fred F. (Fred Fillmore), 1883-1936;
Industrialists--United States--Biography; Construction
industry--United States--History--20th century;
Carol M. Front, Joan Minton Christopher, and
Martha Capwell Fox (2005).
The Lehigh Valley Cement Industry. (Charleston, SC:
Arcadia, 128 p.). Cement industries--Pennsylvania--Lehigh River
Valley; Portland cement industry--Pennsylvania--Lehigh River
Valley. Raw material for
Lehigh district’s famous high-quality portland cement;
quarries, cement mills, dozens of companies that sprang up to
supply, support the industry.
William R. Haycraft (1999).
Yellow Steel: The Story of the Earthmoving Equipment Industry.
(Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 465 p.). Construction
equipment industry--United States--History; Mining machinery
Barry B. LePatner, with Timothy Jacobson and
Robert E. Wright (2007).
Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How To Fix America’s
Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry. (Chicago, IL:
University of Chicago Press, 229 p.). Construction Attorney.
Construction industry--United States--History; Construction
industry--United States--Management. Construction projects spiral out
of control with delays, cost overruns in America’s sole
remaining "mom and pop" industry (consumes $1.23 trillion,
wastes at least $120 billion each year); issues that underlie
Marc Linder (1994).
Projecting Capitalism: A History of the Internationalization of
the Construction Industry. (Westport, CT: Greenwood
Press, 270 p.). Construction industry--History; Engineering
firms--History; International business enterprises--History;
Railroads, Colonial--History; Capitalism--History; Technology
transfer--History; International economic relations--History.
Amos J. Loveday, Jr. (1983).
The Rise and Decline of the American Cut Nail Industry: A Study
of the Interrelationships of Technology, Business Organization,
and Management Techniques. (Westport, CT: Greenwood
Press, 160 p.). Nail industry--United States--History.
Jock McCulloch, Geoffrey Tweedale (2008).
Defending the Indefensible: The Global Asbestos Industry and its
Fight for Survival. (New York, NY: Oxford University
Press, 325 p.). Asbestos industry -- History -- 20th century.
Bulk of world's asbestos mined after 1960, after became known
that even relatively brief exposure to asbestos could cause mesothelioma, virulent and lethal cancer; how asbestos industry,
its allies in government, insurance, medicine defended product
throughout twentieth century; how mining, manufacture could
continue despite overwhelming medical evidence as to risks;
defense involved shaping public debate by censoring, sometimes
corrupting, scientific research, nurturing scientific
uncertainty, using allies in government, insurance, medicine.
W.J. Reader (1980).
MacAdam: The McAdam Family and the Turnpike Roads, 1798-1861.
(London, UK: Heinemann, 241 p.). McAdam, John Loudon, 1756-1836;
McAdam family; Highway engineers--Great Britain; Road
construction industry--Great Britain--Biography; Roads--Great
Business History Links
American Terra Cotta
This site is a companion to a book about the history of the
American Terra Cotta Corporation (1881-1966), which primarily
produced terra cotta tiles and embellishments for building
exteriors and interiors. The site features photos of buildings
in Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities in the Midwest. Also
includes images of items produced for specific architects (such
as Louis H. Sullivan) and Teco vases, and an illustrated
description of how architectural terra cotta was made.
The Hammer Museum
Opened in 2002 by Dave Pahl, long-time collector of hammers; the
mission is to research, identify, exhibit, and preserve the
history and use of hammers for the education of the general
public. Central to that is the intent to benefit both a
worldwide and local community. World’s first museum dedicated to
hammers, provides a view of the past through the use of man’s
first tool; over 1500 hammers on display, ranging from ancient
times to the present.
Historical Construction Equipment
Museum for the Preservation of Elevating
The ultimate purpose of The Museum is to develop an educational
tool that will provide students and researchers, as well as
youngsters entering the industry, with a broad picture of how
the practice, then the art and discipline, of lifting evolved
through the ages, beginning with the laborious irrigation
process in the fertile deltas of the Middle and Far East to the
swift and safe multi-dimensional movement of passengers within
the first half of the 20th century. The Mission of the online
museum of the Institute for the Preservation of Elevator History
is to develop a flexible framework that will allow the
individuals, companies and organizations, concerned with the
preservation of elevator/escalator (and associated short-range
automated transportation), to easily contribute suggestions,
photos and graphics that will flesh out the structure and
clarify flow of the historical content.
National Building Museum
The only institution in the United States dedicated to American
achievements in architecture, construction, engineering and
Otis Elevator Company
Otis - represents 150 years of experience in both safety and
quality; We have created this website to celebrate our company’s
history. Here you will find interesting – and sometimes curious
– facts, company pictures, introductions to our employees and
retirees, and articles about Otis’ history-making achievements.
Stonehill Industrial History Center
Commonly referred to as the Shovel Collection, the Stonehill
Industrial History Center (SIHC) is far more than its 755
shovels. The SIHC holds thousands of artifacts and manuscripts
which document the development of American industry and Ames'
connections to a diverse array of topics in American History.
The Center features two major collections. The core collection,
The Arnold B. Tofias Industrial Archives , contains 19th and
20th century artifacts and records focusing on North Easton’s
Ames family’s shovel-making enterprise and its far-reaching
business, political, and social influence. The second main
collection, The Ames Family Collection, documents how success
with shovel-making was leveraged into many enterprises
throughout the country as well as the community, political, and
social activities of a prominent Brahman family.