TAMPA & ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Woodruff and Sons Inc., a family owned and operated business now spanning four generations, is pleased to celebrate 70 years in business. From its humble beginnings in Michigan City, Indiana, the company has grown into a major utility, road construction and site development contractor serving communities within three states, and is known for its quality work and innovative problem solving to successfully complete extremely complex projects.
Woodruff and Sons, Inc. was founded in 1946 by Roy Woodruff, after he completed his tour of duty in World War II. He used his army savings to purchase a bulldozer and start the family business with his brother, Louis, and father, William. Within the first few years, Roy Woodruff bought out the others and worked to grow the company into the multi-million-dollar corporation it is today. The company’s success has hinged on its unwavering commitment to quality work, integrity and ingenuity.
Initially, the company’s work consisted of moving and hauling dirt, but it later expanded to underground utility work, road construction, Construction Management and Design/Build projects. As complex projects arose, Woodruff utilized creative problem solving and built his team’s expertise to handle projects well beyond the standard road and utilities construction. Known as a pioneer in the industry, Woodruff designed and patented numerous products that have improved the overall quality of construction on a national level. Examples of Woodruff and Sons, Inc.’s complex projects include remediating a lead contaminated wetland, building infrastructure for major developments and important highway improvements including large, deep sewer and storm drain.
Roy Woodruff passed away in 2012, and today the company is headquartered out of Bradenton, Florida, and led by his sons and daughter, Don Woodruff, Bruce Woodruff and Linda Wakeman, who are third generation. Woodruff and Sons, Inc. serves markets in Northwest Indiana, Southwest Michigan, Tampa, Bradenton and the Southwest Florida footprint and employs over 200 people. The company is guided by Roy Woodruff’s motto: Take pride in your work, do it right the first time and respect the other person and his property.
“I am most proud of Dad’s legacy of honesty, hard work and innovation that has earned Woodruff and Sons its highly respected reputation for doing the job right and finishing on time, and on budget,” said Don Woodruff. He continued, “We now have a fourth generation of family working in the business, and that continuity and respect for what Dad began so many years ago is key to the success we have experienced.”
Woodruff and Sons, Inc. has completed many projects within the Tampa / St. Petersburg area, most notably Sawgrass Lake remediation in Pinellas Park, and Grady Avenue and Hunter’s Green in Tampa. The company was also selected as a top major contractor for completion of numerous projects throughout Downtown Tampa over the years. For details on current and past projects or for more information, visit www.woodruffandsons.com or call 941-756-1871.
About Woodruff & Sons, Inc.
Woodruff & Sons, Inc. is one of the areas oldest construction companies with an extensive history of quality work in the areas of sanitary sewer installation, water transmission projects, storm drainage improvement, earth moving, site development, road construction, demolition projects, Construction Management and Design/Build Projects. It is also a recycler, manufacturer and supplier of crushed concrete road base material, soil cement and cement treated base. For more information, visit www.woodruffandsons.com or call 941-756-1871.