Our Rich History

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow
Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

Although incorporated in 1977, the first business sign (designed and built by an employee) went up in 1978.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

The first fleet lineup in 1978 included 3 pick-up trucks, 2 concrete form trucks, a 7 yard dump truck, a 12 yard dump truck, a ½ yard excavator, a small dozer and a skidsteer. This lineup which is known throughout southern Maine as the “Shaw Brothers lineup” is still being practiced today at the Shaw Brothers headquarters and all jobsites.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

Our first track excavator was a 1972 Case 880. “All we did was work on it” says Jon Shaw. This experience helped form the current Shaw Brothers philosophy of “buy new or late model equipment to minimize your downtime” which we’ve done ever since.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

In 1980, we purchased our first New Caterpillar machine which was a 215 Excavator. Since then, Shaw Brothers has been a significant Cat customer purchasing hundreds of their machines.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

This New Cat 215 Excavator replaced the older Case 880 whose good years were long gone.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

Doing their equipment homework which has become a serious hobby, Jon and Dan Shaw selected a John Deere 850 as their first large bulldozer. They sent their lowbed directly to the factory in Illinois to pick it up.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

In 1982 Shaw Brothers purchased their first Cat 950B Bucket Loader to run a leased gravel pit. This was the start of providing aggregate materials not only to its own jobs but to other contractors, local cities and towns, and retail customers. This has become a significant part of our business today.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

By 1984 Shaw Brothers had outgrown its original shop and its replacement. The new shop at 511 Maine Street was zoned industrial and was designed to allow for the late 1980’s construction boom.

Shaw Brothers History Slideshow

During the early years, the 2nd generation was always around the business and all of them worked for Shaw Brothers at one time or another. Since then, all seven have grown up and all moved on to their own endeavors.   USE LEFT ARROW BUTTON TO VIEW PREVIOUS SLIDES

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Building Success Since 1977

Shaw Brothers began with two brothers, two employees, one backhoe and a handshake—and it began with the same principles that it lives by today: work hard, satisfy the customer, and respect the people you work with. Since then Shaw Brothers Construction has grown into one of Southern Maine's largest earthwork contractors, with more than 150 employees and hundreds of pieces of equipment. Having completed over 800 commercial projects ranging from $5 thousand to $15 million and spanning a roughly 100-mile radius around Portland, Maine, Jon and Dan continue to schedule and direct day-to-day operations.

A Solid Foundation for Steady Growth

Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. is Southern Maine’s premier contractor for site development, heavy/highway, and utility projects. With a significant bonding capacity, its work spans the transportation sector, local municipal infrastructure, underground utility work, and commercial site development, and it provides the region with quality aggregate resources from more than a dozen permitted gravel pits and quarries. Shaw Brothers' success is a direct result of its hard working and experienced personnel, its vast fleet of late-model equipment, and its abundant aggregate resources.

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