In 1936, Archie Hedgecock decided to move from Gila Bend, Arizona to Modesto, CA. Archie had forever been in the construction industry. He was considered a "construction boomer" and followed road construction projects near and far. After settling in Modesto, Archie & his brother each decided to purchase an acre of land from Beard Land & Investment; which is where GHI operates from to this day.
Archie worked as a carpenter for approximately 5 years, when he decided to buy a road-grader. He began grading local farm/ranch driveways and roadways. He then decided it was time to get into the road oil business. Therefore, he struck up a deal with J.S. West to deliver road oil from the Bay Area. Unfortunately, by the time the oil was delivered to the Central Valley project(s) it didn't spread very well. Archie decided to talk George Reed who was a local carpenter into buying an oil distributor from his brother. Shortly after, Archie built-up his own truck and picked up pipeline oil in Patterson, CA. Archie partnered with various people throughout his 29 years in Modesto. His final partnership was with Will Putnam which ended around 1957.
In 1957, Archie decided to work part-time for his son Galen Hedgecock who has just obtained his state contractor's license. Around that time, Galen & Ben Hensley formed a partnership called Hedgecock & Hensley; until Hensley decided to split-off to the Sonora, CA region. Galen decided it would be best to stay in the Central Valley. Therefore, he decided to rename the business to Hedgecock Paving, Inc.
In 1965, Archie decided it was time to fully retire.
In 1966, Galen sold 50% interest to Francis Wright of Oakdale and continued operating the business as Hedgecock Paving, Inc.
In 1970, Galen & Francis decided to dissolve the corporation. However, Galen still enjoyed being in the business; therefore, he decided to create "G. Hedgecock, Inc." with his wife Alice. The family owned business was formed by utilizing Galen's 17+ years of experience in construction, Alice's ability to operate a roller, and labor performed by their two sons. Galen performed all bids/estimates and operated the heavy equipment used for grading and asphalt paving.
In 1974, Dorwen Stinnett was hired on and served as the Lead Mechanic for more than 30 years. Dorwen has and will always be a vital member of the GHI family.
In 1995, Galen and Alice maintained a steady crew of 8+ full-time team members. Deciding it was best to slow down and travel together, they sold the business to Brian Kline. Galen and Brian had been working together within the construction industry since 1980. Brian had been working for Modesto Sand & Gravel - Demolition a material supplier to GHI.
Brian has built upon this foundation and has been fortunate enough to grow the company in sales and 25+ full-time team members while maintaining a small company feel. Brian credits the exceptional crew and customers that he has been lucky enough to work with over the years.