Company History E.L. Shea, Inc. Construction Company was established on April 1, 1926, by Emmons Lawrence Shea. After serving in WWI, Emmons worked on the construction of a variety of   area dams for his employer, H. Blaine Davis. At the age of 31, he decided the time was right to establish his own construction company and purchased the construction division of H. Blaine Davis, which had changed hands several times since its inception in the 1880s. Following the great Ellsworth fire of 1933, Emmons L. Shea, Building Contractor entered into a partnership with mason and concrete contractor Elbridge Milliken creating Milliken & Shea, Inc. in order to tackle all of the work that lay ahead. Ellsworth City Hall, H.C. Austin, and   the Masonic Hall are just a few of the buildings built after the fire by Milliken & Shea that still grace the downtown area. Other projects outside of Ellsworth included, Bucksport High School in 1936, and an addition to the original building at the world-renowned Jackson Laboratory in 1938. After Milliken’s passing in 1938, the company again became Emmons L. Shea, Building Contractor, until its incorporation as E.L. Shea, Inc. in 1966.   In 1940, Robert, Emmons’s eldest son, joined the company. Bob, as he was known, became one of the finest craftsmen in the area. Bob’s projects ranged from the Dr. C.C. Knowlton School in Ellsworth and the Wilbur Theater in Eastport, to many fine custom homes. Philip Shea, Emmons’s middle son came aboard in 1950. Phil was responsible for much of the estimating and bookkeeping while also heading up projects.  The original building site of the world-renowned Jackson Laboratory, in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Continuing the family tradition, Kenneth and Stephen Shea, Bob’s sons, joined the business in the 1960’s and continue to run it today. Although much has changed since Emmons first began in 1926, the focus of the company has remained remarkably consistent. With a strong  contingent of talented and dedicated employees, E.L. Shea continues its tradition of quality construction of both residential and commercial buildings. Joining the tradition of family participation in the business was the staff addition of Stephen’s daughter, Michelle Shea Hart, as the Business Manager; son-in-law, Joel Giffin, as a finish carpenter; and Kenneth’s son, Robert E. Shea II, providing structural engineering and project estimating services as well as on-site supervision.         Emmons at his camp.
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