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 a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.
Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.
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.