Safe. Capable. Efficient.
Company founded in October 1948 by Frank Converse Jr. & Art Cushing – established in a trailer under Detroit-Superior Bridge in the Cleveland Flats
Won a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox and go on to win their second World Series vs. the Boston Braves”
Responsible for initiating the Interstate Highway System
The Great Lakes Construction Co. opens its headquarters on Schaaf Rd. in Independence, OH
Great Lakes completes its first section of interstate highway – a portion of I-77 in Canton, OH
Explorer 1 – first American satellite launched
Rt. 11 Expressway is created to move products from Steubenville up to the Port of Ashtabula. Photo of East Liverpool, OH
Great Lakes wins its first major bid in the private sector – AEP Power Plant earthwork project in Brilliant, OH
Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship
Great Lakes completes the first section of – I-77 & I-480 Interchange in Independence, OH.
US Lands on Moon
Rt. 11 construction of the Calcutta interchange
The Cleveland Browns defeat the New York Jets 31-21
Great Lakes’ first nuclear power plant construction project in Oak Harbor, OH
Loews Theatre premiers Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”. Pictured: Great Lakes’ Godfather, Vince Strazzo
First “Alternate Delivery Method” project – Great Lakes financed the construction costs for AEP. Meigs County, OH
Great Lakes’ Michigan arm, Power Constructors, constructing power plant in Bridgman, MI
“Flip to Snyder, sideline left. Snyder on the dribble drive. To the hoop. Put it up — SCORES! HE SCORES! SNYDER SCORES WITH FOUR SECONDS TO GO… AND THE BULLETS TAKE TIME! CLEVELAND 87 AND BULLETS 85 WITH FOUR SECONDS TO GO!”
Great Lakes Construction established as an Employee-Owned Company (ESOP)
A new team of officers was established which included Joe Allen, Milt Kaplan, Mike Pierry, Vince Strazzo, and Andy Ungar.
North Olmsted, OH
$31.4M Final Section of I-480 complete.
Jennings Freeway and I-480 interchange in Cleveland, OH.
The tribe finished the regular season at 100-44
The Great Lakes Construction Co. names George Palko President.
Second leg of Jennings Freeway connecting I-480 to I-90. Pictured L to R: Vince Strazzo, Jim Hoessle, John Germosek, Bill Sisk.
Great Lakes’ headquarters completed – 55,000sf facility in Hinckley
Cleveland Barricading Systems established
Great Lakes becomes a 100% ESOP Company.
Port Clinton, OH
The Great Lakes Construction Co. Vince Strazzo Scholarship Program established
Great Lakes purchased state-of-the-art hydraulic pile hammer, segmental barges, and tugboat. Mahoning County, OH
First major project in Cincinnati, OH.
ArcelorMittal (now Cleveland-Cliffs), Cleveland, OH
Part of Shoreway and Battery Park transformation. Cleveland, OH
TGR JV formed to complete largest Design-Build Transportation project to date. Cleveland, OH.
Pictured: Permanent Cincinnati Office on Laidlaw (Established 2017)
Doddridge County, WV
Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Championship
The Great Lakes Construction Logistics, LLC established.
North Canton, OH
Wind Ridge, PA
Akron WRF BioCEPT Project complete – Largest Treatment Plant project to date.
Largest Great Lakes’ project to date. Cincinnati, OH
(L-R): Jeff Tarnowski, Jason Tucker, Albert Leonard, George Palko, Mark Grdina, Jason Hebert, Jim Fox
The Great Lakes Construction Co. Celebrates 75th Year Anniversary