Shockey Celebrates 125 Years Of Business

Winchester, VA — Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., a Virginia business now in its fourth generation of family ownership, is pleased to enter its 125th year of providing construction and real estate solutions to clients across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Since it was founded as a one-man shop in 1896 by master carpenter Howard Shockey, the company has grown into one of the mid-Atlantic’s most respected names in the construction industry. “Our longevity is due in part to the fact that we constantly try to focus upon the things we do best,” said Jeff Boehm, President, who has been with the company for 34 years. “We can build just about anything, but we concentrate on the types of projects that we build best. That’s the value we bring to our clients.”

Shockey’s clients primarily serve the education, healthcare, senior living, parking, government, and manufacturing/industrial markets. Over the course of 125 years, Shockey has completed thousands of projects, comprising many tens of millions of square feet. The company’s reputation, however, is still earned one project at a time.

“As we’ve begun to share news of our 125th anniversary year, we hear a common refrain: ‘You must be doing something right,'” said Boehm. “Shockey’s proven track record, on even the most complex and ambitious projects, is something we’re very proud of,” Boehm added. “As we’ve grown in size, we’ve remained 100% focused on partnership, service, accountability, and value. We always will.”

The closely-held company maintains a conservative and fiscally-disciplined approach to management, resulting in solid financial stability. Shockey has weathered difficult times since its founding — including wars, recessions, pandemics, and everything in between. “Each time, we try to come out a little smarter and a little stronger,” Boehm added.

“This milestone was made possible by building on the solid foundation of integrity and quality that my grandfather established in 1896, and then strengthened over more than a century by Shockey’s outstanding team of employees,” said Don Shockey, owner.

Shockey is now recognized as one of Virginia’s oldest and largest construction companies and builds for a variety of both domestic and international clients. Virginia Business magazine regularly lists Shockey among the top General Contractors in the Commonwealth. ENR Magazine includes the company in its national ranking of “Top 400 Contractors” in the USA.

Shockey has been recognized by local, state, and national organizations for construction excellence and innovation. See a full list of Awards here.

“We have deep respect and appreciation for all our clients, subcontractors, suppliers, and team members,” said Boehm, “who are inspired by the past, and keep building toward new opportunities.”

Company founder, Howard Shockey, said it best so long ago: “Glance back, but look to the future.”

About Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.

Shockey is a provider of general contracting, design-build and construction management services for public and private sector clients in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Consistently ranked among the mid-Atlantic’s largest contractors, Shockey specializes in education, senior living, healthcare, commercial, parking and industrial projects. As the Partner of Choice®, we deliver construction services of exceptional value to our clients. Visit to learn more.