P. W. Graham & Sons Construction founded in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Company starts out building railway stations for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Company survives the Great Depression and focuses on government construction – schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
Contract to construct the Boundary Dam power generating station at Estevan for Saskatchewan Power launches a new era for Graham and initiates a major growth phase. Graham continues building power stations, as well as alternative energy facilities, in the present day.
Graham grows to $3 million in annual revenue and 45 employees. The company begins building irrigation systems creating a new focus area of infrastructure construction. The growth of the potash industry results in Graham taking on civil construction of mining plants and refineries, which continues today.
With offices already located in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, Graham expands its operations to include offices in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Ron Graham becomes President and annual revenues grow to approximately $100 million.
Corporate headquarters is moved from Moose Jaw to Calgary. Graham employees purchase the company and become shareholders. Four Operational Divisions are established (Commercial, Industrial, Infrastructure and Masonry) and Graham begins setting up shared corporate services.
Head office is moved to Saskatoon to focus on Graham’s historical core markets. Company exits decade growing actively with 72 salaried staff.
Ron Graham becomes Chairman and is succeeded by Tom Baxter as President. Graham begins a period of sustained growth and opens branch offices in Kelowna, Seattle and Spokane. Shared corporate services also continue to grow. Headquarters is moved back to Calgary. Annual revenues exceed $350 million.
Graham steadily increases its presence in the U.S. market, focussing on the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions. Offices in Omaha and Minnesota are opened.
Formal introduction of Graham’s unique matrix organization structure, based around Operational Divisions and corporate Areas of Expertise. Bill Flaig succeeds Tom Baxter as President and CEO. A new Earthworks & Underground division is formed.
Despite challenging economic times, Graham continues to grow and expand by remaining focused on serving its clients’ needs. Annual revenues exceed $1.9 billion.
Graham opens a new operating branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the branch quickly wins its first contract.
Bill Flaig, Graham’s President and CEO, announces his retirement. The Board of Trustees names Grant Beck, VP Major Commercial, as his successor. Grant assumes his new role in May.