The History of J. F. Shea, Part 3

by rachelk on August 29, 2012

As the Shea family of companies expanded into California they also gained access to larger, more prominent, jobs. They landed one of their biggest jobs to date, a large dam in Nevada, called the Hoover Dam. This job led to the Six Companies, a partnering of several men who would work together to build the bridge. Charlie Shea acted as the company’s secretary.

While this large and difficult task was underway the J. F. Shea Company landed another important job, helping build the foundation for the Golden Gate Bridge. The company was in charge of building the piers and abutments for the bridge. While both the Hoover Dam and The Golden Gate Bridge were daunting and even dangerous at times, they set the company up for credibility and lasting success.

The J.F. Shea Company’s success did not end in the 1930’s. The Shea’s had a hand in constructing the Parker Dam, the Bonneville Dam, The Gunpower-Montebello Tunnel, a cement contract for the Shasta Dam, and even shipbuilding in WWII. The company was becoming well-rounded and diverse in its abilities and specialties.

In 1958, after spending several years in helping with war efforts, the J. F. Shea Company would become J. F. Shea Co., Inc. Owned and operated by a third generation of Sheas: John Shea, Gil Shea’s son; his two cousins, Edmund and Peter Shea, sons of Ed Shea. John acted as president, while Edmund and Peter acted as Vice Presidents. The new company would posture the company to take on new jobs never before imagined and help catapult Shea into the thriving company it is today.