Looking Back: J. F. White Contracting Company

Mon September 16, 2019 - Northeast Edition #19
Edgar A. Browning – Special to CEG


J. F. White using an Erie steam crane equipped with a clamshell crane to dredge the Muddy River near the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Riverway in Boston, Mass. The photo was taken on May 19, 1930.
(Edgar A. Browning: J. F. White Collection photo)
J. F. White using an Erie steam crane equipped with a clamshell crane to dredge the Muddy River near the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Riverway in Boston, Mass. The photo was taken on May 19, 1930. (Edgar A. Browning: J. F. White Collection photo)
J. F. White using an Erie steam crane equipped with a clamshell crane to dredge the Muddy River near the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Riverway in Boston, Mass. The photo was taken on May 19, 1930.
(Edgar A. Browning: J. F. White Collection photo)
J. F. White equipment working on the Berkshire Bypass in Stockbridge and West Stockbridge, Mass., on Aug. 21, 1952. Left is a LaPlant-Choate TW-300 motor wagon and right is a Euclid bottom dump. White held the $2.2M project for a 2 mi. section of the road. The winning bid was low by a mere $61.50, beating NYC contractor, A.R. LaMura. The highway segment was incorporated into the Massachusetts Turnpike which was in the planning stage at the time. 
(Edgar A. Browning: J.F. White Collection photo)
A Koehring 1005 shovel loads broken rock into a White Model WC2864 ten wheeler equipped with a ledge body. The contractor was handling heavy sitework for an Avco Research Lab in Wilmington, Mass. The photo was taken during 1957.
(Edgar A. Browning: J. F. White Collection photo)
J. F. White using a Warner & Swasey G-1000 Gradall to complete circular cofferdam cells during the construction of the new Charles River Dam in Boston’s inner harbor. White’s $34.9 million contract was undertaken during 1973 to 1974.
(NARA: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Collection photo)

J. F. White Contracting Company of Framingham, Mass., was founded in 1924 by Joseph F. White Sr. specializing in foundation excavation and hauling. When White's sons, Tom, Joe Jr. and John returned from WWII they joined the firm and it grew into one of the largest highway heavy civil construction companies in Boston, Mass.

J. F. White built the first section of the original Massachusetts Turnpike and numerous Interstate Highway projects in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They constructed the Charles River Dam located in Boston's Inner Harbor and were a major contractor involved in the construction of Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project.

J. F. White was purchased by the Dragados, a Spanish Construction Group, in 2014 and continues in business today.