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Our History

With their dairy farm suffering from the effects of the Great Depression, the father-and-son team of Allan A. Myers and Allan C. Myers of rural Worcester, PA, sold six dairy cows to fund the down payment on a new 1939 Ford dump truck. With that truck and great trust in each other, they founded their hauling company, Allan A. Myers & Son.
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When the U.S. entered World War II, Allan C. Myers joined the navy and was assigned to a construction battalion (CB) building airfields and other infrastructure support projects in the South Pacific. The “Sea Bees” taught Allan how to operate all types of heavy construction equipment. Bringing his skills and experience home after the war greatly expanded the capabilities of the company. Current Allan Myers chairman, Ross Myers, has said, “If my father had not gone to World War II, we would not be in the construction business today.”
By the 1950s, the company had its first permanent free-standing office building, a used structure accepted as payment for an unpaid bill, which was moved to the Myers farm on a low-boy trailer from about 10 miles away. The truck and equipment fleet was growing quickly, and the company’s first road roller signaled entry into the paving business, expanding capabilities beyond mainstays hauling and excavation.
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The 1960s brought more work and continued growth. Equipment maintenance and other operations took up more space on the farm. Technological innovation, such as it was in 1962, saw the installation of two-way radios in all company pick-ups for the first time. Jobs became bigger but work operations stayed in the core competencies. Co-founder Allan A. Myers (left in photo) passed away in 1966, leaving son Allan C. (right in photo) to take over as president of the company, a post he would in turn pass on to his son Ross in 1983.
In 1972, a member of a new Myers generation joined the company for the first time since its founding in 1939. Ross Myers, grandson and son of Allan A. and Allan C. Myers respectively, came to work on the Monday morning after the Friday he graduated from Virginia Tech.
Seeing potential for the company to perform work beyond the scope of that which it was then doing, his goal was to build one new project each year that intentionally fell outside the perceived limits of its expertise and customer base, and which would challenge its people (there were about 20 employees at the time) to move beyond the status quo and expand their comfort zones and technical skills.
It was during the 1970s that Myers secured its first contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which added immeasurably to the company’s credibility in the market place. And another project later in the decade, a large site-development and utilities job for a private developer, was the first contract in the company’s history to exceed $500,000. The future had begun.
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The first decade of the new Millenium was characterized by milestone achievements that put the company in a league that included few others in the region. The largest single contract ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was secured in 2001. In 2006, the largest Pennsylvania Turnpike was won. A Richmond, Virginia, office was successfully launched without benefit of acquisition or merger, opening up all of the southern Virginia market.

Expansion of materials production facilities more that doubled over the period, and a nationally recognized safety program was implemented that became the model for others to follow. The company had matured and had grown into a something its founders would barely recognize, unless they looked below the surface to see that a belief in hard work, trust, and no fear of dreaming too still underpinned everything else, just as it had on day one in 1939.
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