Goodfellow Bros. Celebrates a Century in Business

GBI 100 Years

The year 2021 marks a very special time for Goodfellow Bros. (GBI) as the heavy-civil contractor turns 100, celebrating a century in business.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement and humbled by the fact that few family-owned businesses reach this major milestone,” said the company’s CEO, Chad Goodfellow. “We recognize that this landmark would never have been possible without the help of countless supporters along the way.  We are exceedingly grateful to our employees, clients and our communities for their commitment and trust, and I am personally humbled to lead this talented team into our next 100 years.”

Founded in Wenatchee, WA by three Goodfellow brothers, Jack, Bert and Jim Sr., the fourth-generation, family-owned company has completed a myriad of projects throughout North America and abroad, building critical infrastructure that has transformed regions and connected communities over the past century. The company has completed a wide range of diverse and complex heavy-civil construction projects ranging from high-tech campuses in Silicon Valley and master-planned communities to wind farms, entertainment arenas and environmental restoration projects.

“The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho has been implementing large-scale river restoration since 2011 and Goodfellow Bros. has been our construction contractor of choice for all of our projects,” said Susan Ireland, Fish and Wildlife Department Director, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. “They have played an integral role in helping our Tribe achieve success. Their expertise is so valuable, and they have a very special ability to connect with the people they work with, which stems from a company philosophy that encourages those connections. We have so much appreciation for their assistance in helping achieve restoration of habitats for unique and culturally significance species in our region.”

GBI has continued to lead with integrity and innovation over the last century, keeping relationships and people at the forefront of its operation. Though GBI has grown to more than 1,000 employees and 12 offices in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii, it has not lost sight of the Goodfellow forefathers’ enduring legacy firmly rooted in the values of trust, professionalism and high-quality work.

“It is amazing that the values set by my great-grandfather and his brothers over a century ago still hold true today. These values are rooted in our commitment to our people, our clients, and our community,” said Goodfellow.

To celebrate the milestone the company has several things in the works for 2021:

  • As part of the centennial celebration, GBI is accepting applicants for a $50,000 grant from charitable organizations located in the communities where the company operates—Hawaii (Maui, Kaua’i, Kona, O’ahu), Washington (Wenatchee, Maple Valley), California (Oakland, Livermore, Folsom, Lodi), and Oregon (Portland). The deadline to submit is midnight PST on Sept. 30, 2021. To apply or learn more visit, https://goodfellowbros.com/grant-application/.
  • The company launched a special centennial addition to its website, which features a virtual museum and centennial video.
  • Additionally, the company authored a book about its rich history and strong values, titled: Goodfellow: A Century of Grit, Grace and Goodwill. The keepsake book highlights the many stories and experiences that made the company what it is today.

GBI also designed a commemorative logo it will use throughout the year featuring the original dozer used in the company’s first-ever logo. It is surrounded by the text “celebrating a century of service,” which speaks to Goodfellow’s service-oriented mission and culture.

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