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March 17, 1924 -
With a starting capital of $12,500 and working out of William H. Peckham’s tiny White Plains, NY apartment, Bill and two friends entered the road paving business, and Peckham Road was created.
The company continued to obtain work and this growth led to a need for new offices. In 1927, the offices moved to 47 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains, NY where they would remain for the next 24 years.
Westchester Asphalt Distributing Corp. was created. The company’s major account at this time was Peckham Road Corp.
Peckham Road was the successful bidder on a concrete paving job between Leeds and Cairo, NY. Since aggregate was required for the concrete, the Greene County Crushed Stone Corp. was formed and a new quarry opened. By this time, the Peckham organization consisted of three operating companies and sales had reached almost $1 million.
The company celebrated its 10th anniversary with a simple dinner of about 10 employees who gathered around the family dining room table at Bill Peckham’s home.
Peckham obtained a WPA contract for one of the largest contracting jobs in NY and the biggest to date for the Peckham company. Bill Peckham decided to build a blacktop plant at the Cairo, NY quarry.
A 25th anniversary party was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. This marked a quarter-century of Peckham’s dedication and commitment to serve.
Bill Peckham’s sons, Bill Jr. and Jack, had joined the business. Bill Jr. had moved up to the role of Vice President.
A 35th anniversary party was held at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY. Also this year, Tri-County (including Hudson Falls) joined the Peckham family, and the Athens plant was opened.
The parent company, Peckham Industries, Inc., was created to efficiently manage the various family companies and operations. The new Peckham Industries logo was also introduced for the first time.
Jack Peckham was made president of Peckham Industries, Inc. In the same year, his father, William H. Peckham passed away.
The Patterson Quarry was purchased from a small company who mined the property to produce agricultural lime.
Peckham Materials first began operations in Port Chester. The original plant was a 3 ton batch plant manufactured by Stan Steel and emissions were controlled with a wet scrubber. 13 years later, a 5 ton H&B batch plant was installed. The Peckham Road paving division ran its garage in the plant’s yard until 1991.
The company celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Nevele County Club in Ellenville, NY. This milestone for Peckham Industries was evidence that our word is our bond, and civilizations that last generations are built on promises kept.
The passing of Jack Peckham left Jim DeForest as President, John R. Peckham as Exec. Vice President, and Janet Peckham as CEO. These individuals conveyed in actions and words a sense of ownership and passion for the company stemming from their unwavering loyalty.
It was decided that a wholesale asphalt terminal to supply asphalt cement to the blacktop industry was needed to round out the terminal in Athens. This marked the birth of the first Peckham Asphalt Resale Company location. Today, there are three such terminals in New York and Connecticut supplying under the PARCO family company.
Peckham Industries purchased the current Wingdale Quarry location from Colonial Sand & Gravel.
The Bedford plant was acquired from O&G Industries. It was a big plant, towering almost 90 feet tall, and certainly one of the largest batch plants around.
One of the local cement companies, Independent Cement (later St. Lawrence), wanted to get into the aggregate business to remove non-cement stone overburden. A deal was struck, and Peckham built a new crushing plant on Old Schoolhouse Road off Route 9W south of Catskill. New wash screens were added, and Peckham began to learn a little bit about the cement business.
John R. Peckham, grandson of William H. Peckham, assumed the position of President and CEO of Peckham Industries, Inc.
This was a banner year for the company with record sales of stone and blacktop, including supplying material for major NYSDOT projects on the Northway and Taconic Parkway. Through decades of experience, Peckham had built a reputation on mastery, integrity, and innovation.
Over 250 employees and guests gathered for a 75th anniversary celebration at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Tragically, on the same day, Janet Peckham lost her battle with cancer. The celebration went on, as Janet would have wanted it to.
In the spring, the company gathered once again at the Mohonk Mountain House to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Peckham acquired William E. Dailey Company in May, the largest acquisition in the company’s history at that time.
Addition of a blacktop plant in the Bronx, Peckham’s first blacktop plant located in New York City.
The company celebrated its 85th anniversary at Gotham Hall in New York City. At this time, there were facilities operating in Athens, Bedford, Bridgeport, Bronx, Carmel, Catskill, Chestertown, Easton, Fort Ann, Greenfield, Greenwich, Hudson Falls, Kingston, Manchester, Montrose, New Windsor, Patterson, Port Chester, Rawsonville, Salem, Shaftsbury, Ticonderoga, Wilmington, and Wingdale.
Acquisition of Dutchess Quarry and Supply Company, Inc., better known now as Peckham Materials Corp. in Pleasant Valley, NY. The Peckham Family of Companies continued to grow.
Peckham Industries began the conversion of oil-fired burners to environmentally-friendly natural gas. When it comes to the environment, Peckham believes in behaving like you own it.
The company celebrated its 90th anniversary with over 600 employees and friends gathering on Birch Hill in Schodack, NY for a family picnic.
With a recently remodeled office building in Athens, a new shop facility was built out in the back portion of the building. This move was designed to centralize and consolidate the equipment repair and maintenance facilities for the trucking and construction services within the Central Region.
Peckham Industries, Inc. acquired Palmer Paving Corp., extending its services into Massachusetts. This became the largest acquisition in company history.
As one of the largest construction material suppliers in the Northeast, while still holding tightly to the values of a family business, Peckham celebrated its 95th anniversary.
Peckham Industries, Inc. acquired JSL Materials, Inc., adding additional quarry and asphalt operations in Massachusetts and Connecticut to its network.
Damian Murphy succeeded John R. Peckham as President and CEO of Peckham Industries. John transitioned to Chairman of the Peckham Industries Board of Directors.
Peckham Industries, Inc. completed the full acquisition of T. Miozzi, LLC, expanding operations and services into Rhode Island.