Sitework Division - History

In the boom of the late 50's and early to mid-60's, the Geo. Gradel Co. participated in much of the City of Toledo's Urban renewal by providing excavation and earthwork services for the new Bank One Building, Fiberglass Tower, The Federal Building, Edison Plaza, St. Vincent Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, and the Toledo Edison Bay Shore Station.

In 1973 shortly after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed, Norm Gradel retired and his son, John F. Gradel, Sr. became President of the Geo. Gradel Co. Under John's leadership, the Geo. Gradel Co. maintained its strong market share and its position as a leader in the private and utility-owned facility earthwork contracting and began to also perform work in the environmental field using its strong excavation experience gained over the last seven decades.

Among its more noteworthy contracts were Government Center, Seagate Centre, Portside Marketplace, Mercy Hospital Expansion, Riverside Hospital Expansion, St. Vincent Hospital Expansion, and the Toledo Edison Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station.

Recognizing the up and growing need for full service environmental services companies to serve the private sector, the Geo. Gradel Co. offered its services to the petroleum industry: BP Products North America (Toledo Refinery), Sun Company, Inc. (Toledo Refinery and Terminal), and Gulf Oil (Toledo Refinery).

Governmental agencies have been served by the Geo. Gradel Co.'s civil site, marine and environmental services: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Buffalo and Detroit Districts), Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Environmental and Wildlife Agencies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Toledo Zoological Society, and environmental service companies: Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., City of Toledo Department of Solid Wastes.

With the 1980's, 1990's and 2000’s expansion of marine and environmental service areas, the Geo. Gradel Co. has fully experienced experts with the professional credentials required to provide the best service available in the Ohio and Michigan areas to serve our ever growing list of diversified clients.