Alaska & Oregon Expansion: 1948-1976


▲Conditions in Alaska were harsh. Ernest Kissee lived in Anchorage and managed the Alaska operations. He drove the company car and put up visiting project personnel at his home.
Jim Crutcher, son-in-law of Howard Lease, joined the company in 1957 and became the third president in 1983. The company expanded into Alaska and Oregon during that time to take advantage of those emerging markets. Jim gained a reputation for construction excellence and strong leadership. He was inducted into the Construction Hall of Fame in 1995. ▶

 

◀ The Hunt Building, Anchorage Alaska, 1983

◀ Bill Lewis went moose hunting for the first time with his grandfather, Howard Lease. Out in the woods, they spied a huge bull moose and Bill asked, “Where do I shoot it?” “Right between the eyes,” answered Howard. So Bill pulled the trigger and hit the moose right between the eyes. Then came the hard part - getting it back to camp.
 Coos Bay High School and Gym, 1979 Crews went to Oregon in the early 70s where a variety of work was found. The Eagle Point High School project-1977, included eight buildings, over 600 tilt up panels with architectural finish, and covered 180,000 square feet. A saw mill existed on the site and buried under the dirt was up to ten feet of sawdust and a few logs that all had to be dug out and backfilled. ▶

 

 Eagle Point High School, 1977

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