With 100 years of quality craftsmanship and dedicated service to display, this timeline exhibits the evolution of Western. Starting as a two-man crew, to a nationally recognized company, Western has defied all odds throughout the years to successfully reach the centennial milestone.
1915 - 1919
It All Started Here
At a time when the price of gas was 19 cents per gallon and the guns of war were booming across Europe, George Bishop Sr. and Ben Many established Western Waterproofing Company.
St. Louis natives and brother-in-laws George Bishop Sr. and Benjamin Many open Western Waterproofing Company of Missouri in 1915
- Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
- World War I 1914-1918
1920 - 1929
With an uncertain looming as the country sunk into what was to become The Great Depression, Benjamin Many and George Bishop Sr. were able to build up a good volume of business by providing honest, quality work for a fair price.
Packard Automotive Plant
Western workers resurfaced the Packard Plant in Detroit, Michigan, in 1925.
- Expanded Concrete Cleaning Services
- Began to Offer Tuckpointing, Gun and Hand Patching of Concrete
- Began using Resto-Crete to restore disintegrated concrete and preserve against further deterioration.
- St. Louis, MO
- Detroit, MI
- Cincinnati, OH
- Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
- Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
- Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
- Stock Market Crash 1929
1930 - 1939
Capitals Come Calling
As word of Western's quality work spread across the country, state governments began hiring Western to work on their capitol buildings. This would open up a new world of challenges and opportunities.
Ford Motor Company Twin Cities Assembly Plant
Western completed the restoration of the concrete substructure of the hydro plant at the Ford Motor Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1938.
- Ben Many retires and George Bishop Sr. becomes sole owner of Western
- Charlotte, NC
- Atlanta, GA
- $84,000 1934
- Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
- The Great Depression 1930-1941
1940 - 1949
Changing Direction Era
Fighting Off the War
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States entered "war time". Companies were given all the work they could handle if they were producing for the war effort. In support, Western was able to continue working on various projects around the country.
Western restored the concrete at Sportsman's Park, in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1947.
- Expanded The Service Mix To Include Above-Grade Masonry Cleaning and Restoration
- Springfield, IL
- Kansas City, MO
- Tulsa, OK
- Affiliate Restoration Company Formed
- $400,000 1941
- $1 Million 1946
- Harry S. Truman 1945-1953
- Attack on Pearl Harbor 1941
- World War II 1941-1945
1950 - 1959
Strong Management Era
The Message Spreads
In the 1950s, America was on top of the world, as was Western. News of Western's service and expertise began to spread across the country. The company continued to work on historic projects throughout the United States.
- Ben Bishop Sr. started working for Western 1955
- Little Rock, AR
- New Orleans, LA
- Denver, CO
- Omaha, NE
- Houston, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961
- Korean War 1950-1953
1960 - 1969
Leadership Change Era
With a charismatic John F. Kennedy taking office of the Presidency, the country was primed and ready to tackle new frontiers. Western joined in, working on several new and "unusual" projects during the 1960s and expanding their business.
- George Bishop Jr. becomes President/CEO 1966
- George Bishop Sr. passed 1967
- Des Moines, IA
- Minneapolis, MN
- San Francisco, CA
- $7 Million 1967
- John F. Kennedy 1961-1963
- Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969
- Richard Nixon 1969-1974
- Vietnam War 1959-1975
1970 - 1979
Uniting on All Fronts
The 1970s were a time of collaborations and movements across the entire country. Citizens were protesting for civil rights and demonstrating against the Vietnam War. In 1977, Western united in its own way, acquiring Brisk Waterproofing Company, to broaden its customer base and extend its geographic reach.
Western removed the deteriorating roof at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and replaced it, applying a special primer in 1979.
1970 - 1979
- Indianapolis, IN
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Ridgefield, NJ
- Brisk Waterproofing Co. 1977
- $25 million 1977
- Gerald Ford 1974-1977
- Jimmy Carter 1977-1981
1980 - 1989
As the company continued to grow in the 1980s, Ben Bishop Sr. was appointed President/CEO. During the decade, Western would double its volume, establishing Ben Bishop Sr. and his team as effective managers carrying on Western's long tradition of quality craftsmanship.
1980 - 1989
- Ben Bishop Sr. becomes President/CEO 1982
- Washington D.C.
- Chicago, IL
- Honolulu, HI
- Orlando, FL
- $55 million 1982, $105 million 1987
- Ronald Reagan 1981-1989
- George H.W. Bush 1989-1993
1990 - 1999
The 1990s were seen as "The Last Great Decade" in American history, but not for Western. The company opened several additional branches and acquired Harry S. Peterson Company in 1995. The addition complemented Western's services in the Northern Illinois Area.
Western was given the opportunity to work on the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, California, a number of times. In addition to installing the original exterior sealants on the 853-foot landmark, Western recaulked 20 miles of joints between the building’s 4,000 precast panels in 1984 and was hired in 1999 to clean the exterior of the skyscraper.
1990 - 1999
- Ben Bishop Sr. becomes Chairman of the Board 1991
- Bill Bishop becomes President/CEO 1991
- Los Angeles, CA
- Cleveland, OH
- Seattle, WA
- Harry S. Peterson Co. 1995
- Bill Clinton 1993-2001
- Gulf War 1990-1991
- Economic Boom of 1990's
2000 - 2015
Changing of the Guard
The 2000s were a rough decade for all Americans as The Great Recession swept across the nation. During that time, Bill Bishop retired and Benjamin Bishop Jr. was promoted to President/CEO in 2000. Later in the decade, Western would acquire North Texas Waterproofing & Restoration as well as Peoria Roofing & Restoration Company.
215 East 68th Street
With 606 residential units, 215 East 68th Street is one of New York’s premier rental properties. Completing the project in 2012, Western removed the building’s white brick facade and replaced it with a white terra cotta cladding. Western’s Facades division received the 2013 Transformation Award from Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts as part of the design team for re-cladding the Rudin family’s East 68th Street property. In 2014, Western also received the Trinity Award from the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute in the Waterproofing category for their work on the building.
2000 - 2015
- Mike Bishop becomes Vice President 2005
- Ben Bishop Jr. becomes President/CEO 2005
- Ben Bishop Jr. becomes Chairman/CEO 2013
- Jeff Kelley becomes President 2013
- Peoria, IL
- San Antonio, TX
- Western Facades, Ridgefield, NJ
- North Texas Waterproofing & Restoration 2007
- Peoria Roofing and Restoration Co. 2008
- George W. Bush 2001-2009
- Barack Obama 2009-Incumbent 2017