Introduction to History
As the current Managing Director of the business, I am determined that the history of the company and the role that John Penfold, Alf Penfold, Michael Penfold, Barry Harland and Fred Carr and many others have played in establishing and building the company over many decades is recognised and recorded. I have asked various people to contribute to a history page for this site and at the time of writing, John Penfold and Michael Penfold had written their story. Sadly John Penfold has since passed away but the memories live on. He was a hard man to please but commanded respect from everyone and had a brilliant brain allowing him to see opportunities and turn them into realities. John was the driving force behind the construction and demolition activities of the company and in all my years in the industry I do not think I have met a cleverer man.
Michael’s page is written through his own memories and experiences, and chronicles his beloved father Alf Penfold’s immense contribution to the business. Michael also pays tribute to others that have contributed to the success of the company over many years, but what it does not reflect is his own pivotal role in fashioning the route the company has taken over the past 20 years. He was, and still is, a visionary and a thoroughly nice man to boot.
Over the coming months and years we will add others stories, and we will delve into the G W Verrall side of the business prior to the merger. We have also added a new gallery, featuring photographs that illustrate the history of the company – I hope you take time to read these stories; they are humbling and compelling….