Looking Back

Celebrating over 75 Years at Sellen

In 1944, the Journal of Commerce published the announcement of a new company, the John H. Sellen Construction Co., officially formed Dec. 9, 1944. The first bid submitted by the new firm was to the U.S. Navy for construction of a recreation building at the navy radio station on Bainbridge Island. Sellen won that bid for $153,900.

The second bid Sellen recorded was for the installation of hangar doors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Boeing Field. Sellen won it for $33,105 on Dec. 21, 1944. In less than two weeks, the new firm had won two new contracts.

In 2019, Sellen passed the 75-year mark. While much has changed, what’s surprising is what hasn’t. We’ve spent the past decades guided by the philosophy that we can make a positive impact by bringing success to our partners and our community. As we reach our 75th anniversary, we renew this commitment and look forward to what the next decades will bring.

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