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J.H. Lynch & Sons Celebrates Golden Anniversary in Construction Business

Thu September 20, 2007 - Northeast Edition
James A. Merolla

This year marks J.H. Lynch & Sons’ 50th anniversary in business, but the family tradition really goes back to the Victorian age.

The Lynch family’s roots in the construction industry were established back in the 1880s by their great-great-grandfather, Daniel F. Grady, an Irish immigrant. It can trace its family’s work and products back to the building of many New England cities and towns.

On what it takes to last 50 years in an ever-changing industry, President Stephen Lynch Jr. said, “It takes great people. Our grandfather and father instilled in us a great sense of family values and we extend this toward our team and our customers.”

The Lynch mission has always focused on delivering quality, ingenuity and performance to its projects. Adherence to these three core values, the experience and dedication of its employees has established it at the forefront of the construction industry today.

The family is extremely proud of its roots as a fifth-generation construction family and it remains steadfastly committed to J.H. Lynch & Sons, its third-generation continuously-operated family business.

When asked what he is most proud of, Lynch said, it is the company’s employees.

“Our employees are greatly satisfied by working their hardest and producing excellent quality,” said Lynch. “Our people are dedicated to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers.”

Paved Providence Streets With Cobblestones

The original business under the leadership of Daniel F. Grady began with the paving of Providence’s city streets with cobblestone, the ballast from ships coming from the Old World.

Grady hired a young man named James H. Lynch from Providence, R.I. who later married the boss’s daughter. He subsequently founded the James H. Lynch Company in 1910 in Providence. His son, James H. Lynch Jr., attended Providence College and went on to work in his father’s business, ultimately purchasing an asphalt manufacturing facility in Cumberland, R.I., the company’s headquarters.

For a time, both senior and junior Lynch operated separate companies while continuing to work closely together. Upon the retirement of the elder Lynch in 1957, the two companies were merged and the firm was renamed J. H. Lynch & Sons Inc.

Over the years, all four sons of Jim Lynch Jr. have worked in the construction business and some are still active to this day.

Upon the death of James H. Lynch Jr. in 1970, Stephen Lynch Sr. became president. He led the company before turning its management over to his three sons, Stephen Jr., Gregory and David in the mid-1990s.

The brothers jointly oversee the company’s operations throughout southern New England.

Over time, the company’s capabilities have expanded from building roads to include construction and reconstruction of highways and airport runways, residential and retail site development, bridge construction, and services to the telecommunication and utility industries.

Lynch’s high profile projects include the infrastructure and bridge work linking the new Gillette Stadium to the area’s roads and highways, the infrastructure work completed on the Mass. Turnpike creating a safer super highway for the state’s residents, businesses and tourists; and site construction performed at the Johnston, R.I., landfill, guaranteeing the residents of the state of Rhode Island an environmentally responsible landfill.

Today, J.H. Lynch & Sons has a workforce of more than 250 committed men and women.

As a full-service construction firm it continues to invest in the industry’s most advanced manufacturing facilities, construction equipment and technologies. Its experienced work force, combined with its facilities and strategic locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, position Lynch as a competitive contractor capable of serving a diverse clientele throughout the southern New England region.

Building the Future

Lynch’s corporate headquarters is located in Cumberland, R.I.. and it maintains offices in Millbury, Mass.; Peacedale, R.I.; East Providence, R.I.; Stonington, Conn.; and Hartford, Conn. Lynch & Sons manufacture construction materials such as asphalt, gravel, stone, sand, loam and concrete in its own quarry, five asphalt plants and a concrete ready mix plant.

Among its more than 250 workers are estimating engineers, field personnel, laborers, operators, carpenters and management professionals. Besides owning more than 200 pieces of construction equipment, J.H. Lynch contracts 60 to 100 independent truckers daily.

Because it is a third generation, family-owned firm, it has the depth and ability to meet the ever-changing needs of the development and construction industry.

The company philosophy is “Product quality and complete customer satisfaction,” and its mission statement is “Our mission is to meet the needs of private developers and our communities at the state and local level for providing quality civil infrastructure construction services.”

A primary key to success is its relationship with owners, architects, engineers and subcontractors. These relationships develop and evoke trust and confidence within the construction team and lead to an innovative project management approach.

Its success record benefits clients by assuring only the most experienced managers, subcontractors, vendors and workmen are selected for each project. Its depth of human resources, along with a staunch commitment to the industry, assures successful project completion to the satisfaction of countless clients.

The company’s continued vision is to be the pre-eminent civil, private and public works construction company in southeastern New England.

Major Projects

Some of Lynch’s major projects are now landmarks in New England:

• The Lincoln Park Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Owner: Dimeo,

Contract value: $15 million.

Lynch constructed a 4,000 car parking facility, new storm drainage system, water system, fire protection, underground distribution system, new entrance and access boulevard, 60,000 linear feet (18,288 m) of concrete curb, underground telephone, communication and electric distribution system.

• Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., home of the New England Patriots

Owner: Mass Highway Department

Contract value: $11 million.

Lynch’s work included construction of three bridges and roadwork including drainage, placement of surface course, lighting, traffic markings, and landscaping, 38,400 cu. yd. (29,359 cu m) of earth excavation, 22,800 cu. yd. (17,432 cu m) of rock excavation, 21,000 tons (19,051 t) of asphalt installed.

• The NBA Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Owner: Peabody.

Contract value: $4.2 million.

Work — heavy construction including extensive site excavation, preparation of underground parking garage slab, installation of prepackaged drainage pump station and construction and paving of access roadways, completed in 2002.

• Fiber-optic infrastructure installation

Contract value: $12 million

The project involved duct installation and proofing, trenching and bridge attachment with manholes, dug trenches and installation of 196,000 liner ft. (597,408 m) of fiber optic conduit in various areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

• Paving project

Contract value: $10 million.

The project involved paving, resurfacing and pre-cast barrier installation work over a 5 mi. (8 km) highway stretch of the Mass. Turnpike over an eight-month period.


Operating its own quarry, five asphalt plants and a ready mix concrete plant, Lynch manufactures an excess of 1,000,000 tons (907,185 t) of processed materials each year, as well as:

• Asphalt — more than 50 mix designs

• Recycled asphalt pavement

• Various sizes of stone

• Reclaimed gravel borrow

• Crushed recycled concrete

• Processed gravel

• Various rip rap material

• Washed stone sand

The company’s blasting and crushing operations enables it to guarantee the highest quality finished products by ensuring only high quality aggregates are used. These high standards are maintained by its quality control regimen, testing facilities and a team of certified professionals.

To comply with public sector work, the company has certified testing laboratories at each of its production facilities. Lynch applies stringent regulation and dedication to quality to all private work and outside sale of materials as well.

100 Percent Completion Record

As a development and construction company, it provides clients with a comprehensive approach to quality construction, attention to detail and concentration on value at every step.

By combining the skills of its management team with the skills of its engineers, designers, project managers and craftsmen on the job site, J.H. Lynch is able to control cost, time and quality.

By utilizing innovative production procedures and constantly striving for the highest quality, they have been able to achieve a 100 percent completion record throughout its history.

J.H. Lynch & Sons Inc. ensures the highest quality with control procedures and practices through its system of inspections, which include:


• Contract document review

• Value engineering design

• Conceptual estimates

• Logic flow diagrams

• Subsurface investigation

• Quality control and assurance plan

• Networking and outsourcing to meet special needs


• General construction

• Asphalt and concrete paving

• Processing and recycling bases and aggregates

• Excavation and site work

• Utility work

• Road reconstruction

• Bridges

• Foundations

• Trench shoring and de-watering

• Shore and slope protection

• Survey

Social Awareness and Safety

The Lynch brothers added that they are committed to the needs of “our surrounding communities.” J.H. Lynch & Sons’ business philosophy is based upon team management.

“We believe in the concept of individuals attaining success by getting fulfillment from the group’s overall success rather than individual performances,” they said.

The company’s reputation applies to the designs it works with, the financial expertise it demonstrates, and the service it delivers with every job.

Safety is paramount. The company is dedicated to ensure a healthy and safe working environment, while maintaining the protection of the general public. Commitment to its comprehensive Safety and Health Loss Control Program has always resulted in an Experience Modification Ratio below 1.0, which is enforced by its full-time safety director.

It is the policy to reduce accidents, injuries and work-related ill health to the lowest level practicable. J.H. Lynch Safety and Health Loss Control Program has been prepared to assist the company in satisfying its moral, contractual and legal accident prevention responsibilities, in such a manner that a safe, efficient operation is attained.

Another solid practice is giving all employees adequate information and training as is necessary to ensure their safety during routine, unscheduled and emergency situations, together with the appropriate facilities and equipment.

Risk assessments, audits and general inspections are undertaken at regular intervals by those trained to do so. This enables management to identify significant hazards and plan for their elimination, reduction and control.

Looking forward, J.H. Lynch & Sons welcomes the challenges of the next half-century. CEG

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