Melvin L. Joseph Construction carries on after 75 years

September 17, 2017
Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., began in 1940 with a man, one dump truck and a shovel. He developed his dream into a Sussex County business conglomerate.
The company has maintained its family owned and operated tradition since the beginning. With the passing of Mr. Joseph in April of 2005, his grandson, Ken, assumed the responsibility of President of the company. Joe Ann Adams, Melvin’s daughter is the Vice-President of the company and Ken’s wife, Tracy Adams, is the Secretary-Treasurer. Joe Ann is always the first to arrive at the office each day at 5 a.m. and Ken is soon to follow.
Melvin was an esteemed contractor and developer whose major projects include paving the majority of the dirt roads in Sussex County, the Summit Airport expansion and supervising many projects locally and abroad. After the storm of 1962, under contract for the Army Corps of Engineers, he led the reconstruction of the Delaware beaches.
Besides his love for construction and development, Joseph enjoyed auto racing, harnessing racing, treasure hunting and aviation in his free time. He was a pioneer in the growth of NASCAR. His love for racing hit a major high note when he designed and constructed Dover International Speedway.
Ken Adams attributes much of Melvin L. Joseph Construction’s success to his employees. Many of the employees have been with the company more than 30 years. Buck Middleton has been with the company 61 years and Melvin Brittingham for 50 years. Chuck Ewing, Senior Project Manager, has been with the company 32 years. Rick Webster is the Superintendent for Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company.
Recent projects for the company include: Plantation Lakes, College Park Shopping Center, SUN Behavioral Health hospital, Seagrove, Atlantis Industries and JD Shuckers.
The M.L. Joseph Sand and Gravel Company was founded in 1990. This company is the premiere supplier of aggregate to the concrete, masonry, construction and asphalt paving industries in the Delmarva area. The company is supported by four company owned pits.
In 2006, Ken and Tracy started Stockley Materials based on the belief that every business should make an effort to be environmentally responsible. Stockley Materials provides high quality decorative stones, pavers, mulch and other landscaping materials, as well as a means of disposing of yard waste and clean concrete debris. If you have a big pile of yard waste, or you’re planning a big clean-up, Stockley Materials can bring a roll-off dumpster for you and will retrieve it later. You may drop off yard waste materials for a fee.
In December 2014, Bob Stickels, the General Manager for Joseph Family of Companies, accepted on behalf of Stockley Materials, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year award.
Melvin L. Joseph Construction is involved in Heroes Haven, Serving Our Wounded Warriors, Inc. Soldiers from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are hosted on the Eastern Shore for hunting, fishing and good ole Delmarva hospitality.
Since the Melvin L. Joseph company is so fond of NASCAR, they also host a wounded soldier during the races to be an honorary crew member on Pit Road and sit in the box to view the race.
Ken stays busy with work and work affiliated associations. His work is his hobby. Melvin worked up until his passing and Ken plans to do the same.
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