George M. Raymond starts his own residential lath and plastering operation in Los Angeles, California. At 28 years old George had already worked in the industry under his father for ten years.
Raymond is awarded the plastering contract for the new City of Lakewood Development Project. Known today as one of America’s first “instant cities,” the Lakewood project was one of the first archetypal post-World War II American suburbs.
Raymond plasters over 1,000 homes in the city in Lakewood, laying the foundation for the generation known today as the “baby-boomers.”
Raymond expands, moving its corporate headquarters to a larger site in Montebello, CA. This would become the flagship home to Raymond for more than 30 years.
Raymond expands into the commercial construction side of the lath and plastering industry, completing its first multi-million dollar project; the Pioneer Savings & Loan Association building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Through the course of the project, Raymond had the opportunity to work with the renowned Wenceslaus Sarmiento, a 1922 Peruvian born architect who became known for his postwar, high-rise bank buildings that still dot the skyline of metropolises all across the country.
Raymond is awarded the Los Angeles International Airport’s Theme Building by McKee Construction. Raymond worked closely with the famed architectural firm of Pereira & Luckman to construct the iconic flying saucer, deemed a cultural and historical monument in 1992 by the Los Angeles City Council.
Raymond reaches 5 million dollars in revenues.
George Raymond’s son, Carl, graduates from University of Southern California with a degree in Business Science, joining the family business full time as an estimator.
George M. Raymond dies of pneumonia at the age of 56. At the time of his death, the Raymond company had an annual volume of over 5 million dollars.
George M. Raymond 1908-1964.
Carl Raymond starts a small, commercial, drywall and gypsum board division within the company.
Drywall had been invented in 1916, but wasn’t widely accepted until the United States became involved in WW2. The material offered a more inexpensive and quicker solution than the traditional plaster system.
Within ten years the drywall side of the company had surpassed the lath and plaster division in volume.
Raymond completes the 44-story, twin, Century Plaza Towers for Tishman Realty and Construction, cementing itself into the Southern California construction industry as the premier lath and plaster specialty contractor. The landmark building located in Century City was another chance for Raymond to work with a leading architect, Minoru Yamasaki. Yamasaki followed the Century Plaza Towers project with the winning design of the famed World Trade Center Towers in NYC.
Raymond starts to perform exterior panelized wall systems.
The construction of the Tishman Building brings Raymond to Northern California. When completed, the building stood as the tallest man-made structure in Contra Costa County, holding the title for over a decade.
Raymond moves its corporate headquarters to its current location in Orange, CA. Raymond purchased the Orange property in 1978 and fully renovated it from what had been a tomato canning factory in the 1930’s and 40’s, receiving an award for the design by the City of Orange.
Raymond is invited to perform phases of work at the Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong. This would mark Raymond’s first International project and the beginning of Raymond’s “pull-market” strategy of expansion.
Raymond establishes its first Northern California office in the city of Concord, allowing Raymond the opportunity to service the San Francisco Bay area.
Raymond starts a theming group, and opens a permanent office in Las Vegas, Nevada. This well timed expansion coincided with one of the biggest construction booms in Las Vegas, beginning Raymond’s career in highly themed casino, amusement, and hospitality projects throughout the United States.
Raymond completes its first full virtual modeling project (today known as Building Information Modeling or BIM) working alongside Perini Building Co. on the completion of the Mohegan Sun project in Uncasville, Connecticut. When completed the Mohegan Sun became the second largest casino in the United States.
Hired in 1997 as an Estimator and Project Manager, Travis Winsor is promoted to Chief Executive Officer, moving the company into the 3rd generation of leadership.
Raymond partners with Morley Construction Company and Machado and Silvetti Associates to complete the Getty Villa remodel project.
The project includes renovations to the existing Villa, Ranch House, and conservation laboratory buildings, as well as the addition of a cafe, auditorium, entry court, central plant, two parking structures, a two-story research facility, a two-story office building and a one-story laboratory building.
Originally built in 1972, the Villa has been magically transformed, inspired by Roman architecture and surrounded by Roman-style gardens.
Raymond’s revenues near 300 million dollars, ranking Raymond #3 in Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors in the United States. Part of the revenue came from one of Raymond’s largest projects to date, The City Center in Las Vegas. The project boasts as the largest privately funded project in the United States and has the largest employed staff in the entire state of Nevada.
Raymond announces their expansion to the Northwest, opening a full service office in Seattle, Washington.
Raymond marks its 80th year in business with the same ideals that the company was founded on; integrity, quality, and innovation. Raymond is still a family owned company that is always on the leading edge of industry technology. Whether it is with BIM, IPD, PODS, Prefabrication, or Automated Site Manufacturing; Raymond remains a leader in the construction industry.