From Humble Beginnings
The Austin Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878.
Samuel Austin, a young carpenter, came to the United States from England in 1872 with the intention of finding work rebuilding Chicago after the great fire in that city. Samuel never made it to Chicago, but instead stayed in Cleveland and began working with a contractor who was busy building mid-Victorian residences.
By 1878, Samuel Austin had earned such a reputation for good workmanship that he was able to set out on his own as an estimator and builder. Two years after establishing his own business, Samuel Austin founded his first shop in Cleveland.
As they say, the rest is history.
Honoring Our Past, Growing into the Future
In 2005, The Austin Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima USA Group and is a proud member of the Kajima Corporation family of companies worldwide.
Founded in 1840, Kajima Corporation is the parent company of Kajima USA Group companies. Since its founding, Kajima quickly became an industry leader in construction, where it remains to this day. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Kajima maintains a workforce of more than 15,000 employees, located at numerous branch and project offices worldwide.
Kajima ranks as one of the largest and most admired construction firms in the world, with annual consolidated sales around $16.4 billion (U.S., 2018), and is a Top 250 Global Contractor as recognized by Engineering News Record.
Today, Kajima’s global operations network spans more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, the United States and Mexico. Kajima’s extensive experience in virtually every aspect of construction and real estate development, combined with innovative construction technologies, has led to the Kajima name being well-recognized worldwide. This experience includes all types of structures – from dams, bridges and tunnels, to skyscrapers and resorts.
With the resources of Kajima USA Group and the worldwide Kajima organization, Austin continues to expand the breadth and depth of our solutions for the global market.
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