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The Enduring Gilbane Company

July 26, 2012

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the WW II Memorial. These are public historical projects that have been built to last for quite some time so future generations will have something to remember about the past. They were also all built by one company, Gilbane, Inc.

What is quite unique about Gilbane is the fact that it also has a long proud history of its own since it was founded 139 years ago in Providence, Rhode Island in 1873. The founders were William Gilbane and his brother Thomas.  The business then was a family-run carpentry and general contracting shop. They were able to develop a reputation for building quality public buildings, mansions, and homes.

Gilbane has kept that reputation to this day and on a national scale. It is one of the largest privately held family-owned construction and real estate development firms in the U.S.  You can gauge its success by the size of its annual revenue which amounts to around $4.4 billion. Gilbane, Inc. is composed of two companies Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company.

While many old family-owned companies are run by professionals, the Gilbanes are still very much running theirs and they are in the 5th generation. The Chairman and CEO of Gilbane, Inc. is Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. The president and COO of Gilbane Building Company is William J. Gilbane, Jr. The Chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company is Robert V. Gilbane.

The talked about companies of this day and age are Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and soon on. We do not know where these companies will be in the next 100 years. One thing for sure star companies 100 years from now will need buildings and Gilbane, Inc. may just be there to construct them.

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