From Humble Beginnings
As the 20th century dawned, W. A. Bechtel packed up his family—his wife, Clara; their two children, Warren Jr., and Stephen; and his younger brother, Arthur—and headed west.
“I arrived,” W. A. recalled, “with a wife, two babies, a slide trombone, and a 10-dollar bill.”
In 1902, out of work and nearly out of money, W.A. Bechtel had a chance encounter with a manager for Southern Pacific, who gave him a job and started Bechtel on his journey.
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Today, five generations of family leadership later, Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth.
While our expertise ensures delivery, ongoing collaboration is critical to long-term success. By aligning our capabilities to our customer’s goals, we help them create industry and economies; improve access to energy and resources; connect citizens to vital services; and make the world a safer and cleaner place.
Since 1898, we have been the trusted partner of industry and governments worldwide, helping them deliver more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.
Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.