A Strong Beginning
From a beginning in the oil fields at Avenal, in the Kettleman Hills of Central California on January 2, 1945, the W. M. Lyles Co. has progressed to a diversified construction organization performing work throughout most of California and with operational capacity in several adjoining states.
Early in the Company’s history, the program of hiring recent college graduate engineers started so we could apply their professional abilities on-the-job while they were mentored directly by the foreman, pipefitters, and operators. Over the years, the teamwork between the skilled craftsmen and these graduate engineers has enabled us to remain competitive on complex multi-million-dollar projects.
The philosophy of the W. M. Lyles Co. throughout its history has been one of delegating responsibility and authority to the operational or division level. We have progressed through performance by having intelligent and competent personnel within our divisions. This policy is one of the primary reasons we have continued our growth on a sound financial basis. It has also been the basis for providing the opportunity for competent people at the division level to make use of their training and abilities in the operation of the successful divisions.
Strength in Quality
From the oil field work in the beginning, followed soon after by farm trenching and installing gas mains and services, W. M. Lyles Co. rapidly expanded into all phases of underground construction, including: water, sewer, and steel pipelines, as well as, electrical and telephone conduit, irrigation lines, prison infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment plants, Con/Span concrete culvert systems, and environmental and ecological services.
The ability to perform projects in varied types of engineering construction has resulted from the willingness of personnel at all levels to put forth a team effort. The W. M. Lyles Co. takes pride in its team of skilled craftsmen, engineers, and highly competent office workers. These are the people on whom our continued “progress through performance” depends.