New Sculpture Commemorates High® Companies Heritage
Bronze Depicts Historic REO Welding Truck
October 15, 2015—The High companies, based in Lancaster, Pa., dedicated a new sculpture to celebrate its rich history in Lancaster City and County. Located at the companies’ original site on 27 West Lemon Street, the bronze and granite memorial depicts the firm’s first welding truck, a 1929 REO Speedwagon. High began operations as a welding company in 1931.
“Our companies started here in the city with a dream,” said S. Dale High, Chair of the Boards of the High companies. “Together with the High Family, it has been my privilege to build on this foundation, and to help Lancaster realize some of its great opportunities.”
In its early days, the company provided job shop fabrication and on-site repair of bridges and other steel structures throughout the city and county. High plans to unveil and dedicate the sculpture on October 15th.
“We are deeply grateful for our success and our roots are in the city,” said High.
High is one of Lancaster County’s largest privately-owned enterprises, employing some 2,000 co-workers in Central Pennsylvania and in locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest.
“High shares a strong connection to the Lancaster community,” said Mike Shirk, CEO of the High companies. “Our leadership, co-workers, and ownership believe that a key role of business is to help solve community challenges. This memorial is another representation of our connection to the city and our commitment to its continued growth and success.”
The High companies play a significant role in breathing new life into the city's buildings and its surroundings, and in enhancing Lancaster County’s status as a remarkable destination. High was instrumental in the development of the area of the City known as Old Town Lancaster, and had a central role as the developer of the Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center. It also owns and manages Greenfield Corporate Center in East Lampeter Township, as well as multi-family residential communities and hotels in the area. High fabricated structural elements for the recent Lititz Pike Bridge replacement, and has constructed numerous parking garages and other structures in the area.
Regionally, recent High projects include the Mets Stadium in New York, the MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, and the current construction of the Tappan Zee bridge replacement project known as the New NY Bridge.
About the High companies
The High® companies, based at Greenfield Corporate Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are a group of family-owned companies serving their customers through the following businesses: steel fabrication and erection; precast concrete building systems and erection; metal processing and distribution; product transportation; air-quality and safety consulting; commercial, retail, and multi-family real estate development, ownership, and property management; real estate brokerage, appraisal, and consulting services; architecture and construction; and hotel ownership and management. The High companies operate 48 facilities in 10 states.
Calvin High (left) stands with sculptor Becky Ault of A.R.T. Research Enterprises, and S. Dale High, Chair of the Board of the High companies.