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George C. Hall & Sons Construction

Earthwork experts in Rockland, Maine

Headquartered in Rockland, Maine, George C. Hall & Sons Construction (GHC) has been performing residential and commercial site work for more than 67 years. GHC was founded in 1949 by George C. Hall and was originally called George C. Hall Contractor until it was incorporated as GHC in 1980. George started his business as the sole employee working with a single small dump truck and a backhoe. As the company steadily grew over the years, George added equipment as well as employees and in 2006, GHC moved into its state-of-the-art office in Rockland.

An early start

Since its inception, GHC has remained a family-owned and -operated business. Today, George’s two sons, Tim and Jim Hall, are carrying on their father’s legacy by running the company. Tim serves as chairman of the board and president, while his brother Jim is vice president of safety and maintenance. “No job is too big or too small,” says Jim. “We specialize in complete residential and commercial site work, riprap stabilization projects, private and municipal road construction and just about anything else dealing with moving the earth.”

Both men began working for the family business as laborers in the 1960s. In 1972, Tim became business manager and held that position until he became president in 1993. Jim ran a loader until becoming safety manager in the 1980s and in January 2002, he was promoted to vice president. The third generation of the Hall family is also involved with the company with Jim’s two sons Jamie and Sam active in management.

With its own crushing plant and quarry operation, GHC also acts as a supplier to other contractors. With its compacting capabilities, the company is able to crush rock down to 3/8 inch and gravel down to 1 inch, which creates ideal materials for finishing driveways. “We use a lot of the materials for our own jobs as well,” says Jim. “We used some of the specific material for an airport job we recently completed.”

The fact that GHC is able to provide itself and other contractors with gravel and asphalt helps the company to stand out among its competition within the local industry. “We have a lot of people that have been with us for a long time,” shares Jim. “There is quite a bit of expertise within our team.”

The George C. Hall management team consists of individuals with over 100 years of combined experience. GHC employs eight full-time site supervisors and two lead operators who oversee every project. Chief estimator Bill Reinhardt has been with the company since he started as a truck driver in 1977. “Our other supervisors bring a wealth of experience from other employers,” says Jim. “One supervisor started as a laborer and has worked his way up to his current position.”

GHC has completed a vast array of projects for many clients throughout eastern Maine. Local projects have included the installation of water mains for the Belfast Water District, gravel, riprap and T-wall installation for the Spruce Head Island Bridge and the installation of dual disposal fields and shoreline stabilization at the Oakland Seashore Motel. Jim says that one of the more interesting projects the company completed in recent years was for the Knox Country Airport in Owls Head, Maine. “We did all of the site work for the new terminal building and constructed the new taxiway at the airport,” says Jim. “It’s a really nice facility and a great benefit to that area.”

Looking ahead

Some of the challenges that GHC is facing within the market are familiar to other contractors, including recruiting the younger generation into the construction industry. As a company with a seasoned workforce, GHC is looking ahead for ways to replace workers when they retire. Despite the small talent pool to choose from, the company is on track with the recent addition of two young mechanics. “They have helped out quite a bit,” says Jim. “We also have some young guys that are per diem. We look forward to them being a part of our company for a while. It has come full circle for me because I remember when I started I looked up to all the older guys.”

Looking into the future, George C. Hall & Sons Construction plans to continue on its current path, which has generated success for so many years. With the local economy picking up, the company will look to expand its commercial operation while maintaining its residential efforts.

Published on: August 19, 2016

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