Our History is Concrete.
Penhall has been the United States’ and Canada’s go-to concrete services partner for a wide range of industries since 1957 when Leroy Penhall realized an opportunity during Anaheim, California’s “Orange Grove Development Boom” of the late 1950’s. He bought his first concrete saw: the gas-powered diamond saw, which allowed Penhall to introduce rigorous concrete work with precision and speed. What began as a single flat saw operation has developed into an expansive offering of concrete solutions, including concrete scanning, cutting, sawing, and breaking and removal.
Today, with 40+ branches across the United States and Canada, and over 16,000 customers served by a staff of over 1,300 professionals
Penhall continues its growth in leading the nation with our full spectrum of diversified services. We are proud of both our humble beginnings as well as our continued exploration of technology-driven growth opportunities.
A Commitment to Excellence, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
LB Penhall Company, Inc. was formed in 1957 by Leroy Penhall, a masonry contractor in Anaheim, CA. The Anaheim “Orange Grove Development Boom” of the late 1950s was the catalyst that compelled Leroy to buy his first concrete saw. The gas powered diamond saw allowed Penhall Company to broach laborious concrete tasks with precision and speed.
By 1963, Penhall Company had grown to 13 employees performing concrete sawing, breaking and removal jobs full-time. Penhall Company had quickly become the exceptional and reliable choice for concrete services in the California Southland.
In the mid-1970s, nearly 20 years after the doors opened, Penhall Company had expanded beyond Anaheim to offices in Riverside, Camarillo, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego, California.
Leroy Penhall, an avid pilot, died with his wife in a plane crash in the California High Sierra Mountains in January of 1975.
Roger Stull became the owner of Penhall Company in 1975. Penhall Company continued to grow not only in market share for concrete sawing, drilling, breaking, and removal, but also in expanded contractor and infrastructure services for highway renovation and modification work and structural demolition of any size and scope.
In 1998, Roger Stull handed over the reins to John Sawyer as President and CEO. Under his leadership and vision the company’s geographic footprint expanded more than ever with green field startups in Portland, OR., Salt Lake City, UT., Denver, CO., Dallas, TX., and acquisitions in Austin, TX, Raleigh, NC., Atlanta, GA., Birmingham, AL., Hawaii, Toronto, and several other North American markets.
Advances in Technology
In 2001, Penhall Company began to offer concrete scanning to better meet the growing needs of our customers. Using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to locate pipes, conduits, utility lines, rebar, voids within concrete, and other subsurface hazards ensures projects are kept on budget, on time, and most importantly, safe.
To better evolve with the concrete industry, Penhall Technologies was launched in 2016 to provide concrete scanning, utility locating, and X-Ray technology. With over 50 expertly trained analysts and the employment of state of the art equipment, Penhall Technologies has become an industry leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and ensures that all projects are completed with optimum accuracy.
Emphasis on Safety
C. George Bush was promoted to President and CEO of Penhall Company in 2006. George Bush lead the initiative to improve the company’s safety performance by implementing programs to create a culture focused on safety in this high risk, specialty construction business. Acquisitions were made in the Midwest and East Coast grinding and grooving markets to expand our presence in the highway rehabilitation market.
Acquisition by Centerbridge Partners
In 2010, Penhall was acquired by Centerbridge Partners and they continue to carry the torch of the great company that LB Penhall founded over 60 years ago. Prompt, courteous customer service, with a focus on safety, quality work and well maintained, clean equipment was a standard that Leroy Penhall established and is still actively maintained today.
In February 2018, Penhall added two new members to their Executive Leadership Team to continue the success of Penhall into the future.
Greg Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer brings over 30 years of experience in the industrial services industry. Mr. Rice has been a member of the Penhall Board of Directors since September 2014 working closely with past leadership team on safety, operational and sales improvements.
Lee Barnett, Chief Financial Officer, brings over 25 years of experience in the construction service industry to Penhall. Prior to Penhall, Lee served as the CFO of Brace Industrial Group, CFO of Brown & Root Industrial Services, CFO of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, Controller for The Shaw Group and Controller for Rust Constructors. Lee’s experience managing the finances around projects and construction will bring the focus needed to Penhall to help improve profits on projects and implementing new processes and procedures to enhance profitability for the company.
Today, Penhall Company is the largest provider of concrete cutting, concrete breaking, excavation and concrete highway grinding services in the United States.
We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings. The one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers and completing every job safely, professionally and with exceptional quality.
The Penhall Company will be the recognized leader in safe, quality and innovative concrete sawing, drilling, breaking and scanning services for North America.
The Penhall Company will empower our employees to provide world class safety and exceptional concrete solutions to our customers by leveraging efficient operational support, the newest technologies and reliable equipment resources to create superior financial returns and revenue growth for the benefit of our stakeholders.
The scan done of our existing slab saved both the owner and myself money and headaches. The scanned lines were undocumented power lines for future expansion. If we would have hit those lines it would have been a mess and would have not only cost our project money, but also the project in the future that is planned for those lines. Thank you for what your team did.
I want to make sure you know that you and your company always do an outstanding job. You are always timely, professional and friendly. You and your crews have gained our trust and respect because you are always willing to go that extra mile for your clientele. Keep up the good work, we will always recommend you to our customers and our vendors.