ATLANTIC, GULF AND PACIFIC COMPANY
ATLANTIC, GULF AND PACIFIC COMPANY
THE development of maritime interests in the United States has caused a corresponding expansion in the work of improvement of rivers and harbors, the building of docks and canals, and other undertakings calling for a large quantity of dredging work.
Among the companies in the United States noted for the extent and quality of its operations and the completeness of its equipment for the execution of contracts for hydraulic dredging, the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company has attained a foremost place, and for the past twenty years has been identified with large and important works along the coasts, rivers and harbors of the United States on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Coasts,
The business was established and the company incorporated on February 27, 1899, by J. Mc- Mullen, George W. Catt and Herman Krusi. Mr. Catt died in 1905 and Mr. Krusi retired from the business, and the officers now are J. McMullen, president; DeWitt D. Barlow and L. T. Gaylord, vice-presidents, and H. E. Shaver, secretary and treasurer.
The hydraulic dredging equipment of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company is distributed along the entire Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. The company operates the largest fleet of hydraulic dredges along the Atlantic Coast, and has a degree of preparation for the execution of work in this line which is unsurpassed.
Besides its work on the Atlantic and the Gulf the company is also an important factor in similar work on the Pacific Coast, where it operates in connection with affiliated companies, the San Francisco Bridge Company, of San Francisco, Cal., and the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, of Seattle, Wash. Its equipment for its Pacific work is similar to, and proportionately as complete as, that which it utilizes on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
Besides its work in the continental United States, the company also operates in American possessions overseas through its subsidiary company, the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, with head office at Manila, Philippine Islands.
In order to keep up the completeness of its equipment and provide for its enlargement from time to time as the growth of the business demands, the company has developed its own repair yard in Brooklyn into a considerable establishment for the construction of barges, lighters and floating drydocks. This plant is located in the company's yard at Mill Basin, Brooklyn, and its equipment is of the most complete and effective character for the turning out of the most modern type of hydraulic dredges and of barges, lighters and other harbor and coastwise equipment.
The very great development of marine interests and the very large number of docks, yards, waterways and channels which call for dredging work in connection with their construction and utilization has led to a continuously increasing development of the operations of this company, which is largely engaged on contracts for various corporations and firms at all coast points in the United States. The company is constantly engaged on large operations of this kind for many and varied purposes connected with shipbuilding and navigation, and has filled a large number of Government contracts for work of this character.
From the inception of the business the management of the affairs of the company has been in the hands of men of long and practical experience in connection with engineering, and particularly of hydraulic work, the president, Mr. McMullen, having been at the head of the business from its inception twenty years ago, and the other officers all being men thoroughly versed in all the requirements of their various duties.
The prospective marine development in connection with the deepening of channels, the enlarging of docks arid the general increase of demand for all kinds of shipping facilities constitute a group of conditions especially favorable to the growth of an enterprise of this kind.
The prosecution of the business calls for a com-bination of ample resources, complete and available equipment, superior engineering ability, and able and far-seeing business management. All of these are possessed and made effective by the personnel and policy of this company, which in the volume and scope of its operations holds a front place in its industry.