Company History

Drilling & Blasting for Over 50 Years

"Our goal was not to be the biggest drilling and blasting company in New England. Rather, our actions were part of our long-term family business plan to be the premier and most respected blasting contractor in the Northeast industry."

Bill Purington

Chairman of the Board


"We've learned that growth should always be tempered by our ability to service the market locally. That means local employees, local equipment and resources for supply and distribution."

Ted Purington, Jr.

Executive VP

50 Years of MD&B

 

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Each year, customers eagerly anticipate the release of MD&B wall calendars! Office walls have faded around the calendar perpetually replaced since 1989 when the company standardized the size and format. And even though there are only two firms in the country that still apply the old-fashioned tinning top and bottom, MD&B has held true to the authenticity of its calendar. We're proud to showcase over a quarter century of Company calendars! Feel free to download if you're missing any!


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What's in a name?

More than it seems...

Our name says Maine just because that’s where we started over 50 years ago.
But our experienced teams are local. We live and work nearby.

Our History

From the beginning

  • Founding

    1966

    Exact date: March 3. Ted Purington, Sr. and wife, Judy, borrowed $2,000 with 3 co-signors to form Maine Drilling & Blasting. From the kitchen, the business grew into the barn, then into a secondary tin building at the family homestead in Gardiner, Maine.

  • Growth

    1966-1975

    From the first job of drilling the foundation for a cellar, Ted immediately established a reputation for exceptional quality in every facet. What they lacked in resources they made up for in ambition and integrity. As Ted's relationships with area contractors grew, so did MD&B.

  • Rapid Expansion Woes

    1976-1982

    While interstate highway and municipal sewer projects provided numerous out-of-state opportunities, the company's rapid expansion sorely tested the company's resources. Three of four sons, Ted, Jr., Jim and Tom, became involved with the company in different capacities.

  • Reorganization

    1982

    In response to the challenge, son, Bill, joined the company as General Manager. With the support and cooperation of his brothers, the business plan was successfully modified and the company was reorganized.

  • Extending reach

    1982-1986

    MD&B expanded its territory to all the Northeastern states, as far south as Maryland and Pennsylvania.

  • Subsidiary formed

    1986

    MD Drilling & Blasting was founded as a subsidiary to serve the southern New England market. Different name, same high standards.

  • At peak

    1989

    MD&B had established seven operating divisions with a peak work force of more than 150 employees - up from 31 in 1982. The company had also moved strongly into the quarry market.

  • Downsizing

    1990

    The recession at the close of the 80's hit the construction industry hard. Rather than managing expansion, the challenge became downsizing and survival.

  • Consolidation

    1991

    By the end of 1991 the company had consolidated operating divisions from 7 to 4, reducing fixed costs by more than 40%. Emerging stronger, MD&B was more dedicated than ever to local service.

  • Major acquisition

    1996

    MD&B acquired its largest central New England competitor, adding resources and local employees to better serve area customers.

  • More acquisitions

    1998-2005

    MD&B strengthened its commitment to the New England market with several other key acquisitions of strategic competitors, their employees and local facilities.

  • Engineering

    2001

    MD&B established its Engineering Department to enhance technology for our drillers and blasters and provide project and customer support in the form of defining scopes and site volume surveys.

  • First with in-house bulk

    2004

    MD&B became the first contractor in the country to construct and operate its own bulk explosives blending and loading plant.

  • ESOP established

    2004

    Also in 2004, MD&B established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) giving employees a meaningful stake in the company at no cost to them, while enhancing standards on individual accountability and service.

  • One million milestone

    2005

    Just shy of MD&B's 40-year mark, the company hit the milestone of performing one million controlled blasts for various projects, including highways, site development, quarries, houses lots, utilities and marine work.

  • MicropumperTM and taking bulk modular

    2006

    MD&B engineered a proprietary small capacity, portable pumper enabling economic bulk deliveries for smaller construction projects. MD&B also took its bulk program modular improving the company's commitment to local market areas and quality customer service.

  • Market expansion & energy markets

    2007

    MD&B successfully acquired the company's largest northeast competitor located in MA, and opened new strategic explosive storage facilities in CT and NY. MD&B also began increasing its presence in the hydro, pipeline, wind and other energy market

  • The Great Recession

    2008

    The collapse of the financial industry initiating the Great Recession requires a firm hand on the wheel and a focus on firm markets and business positions.

  • Bulk SkidTM

    2009

    MD&B engineered a very large bulk emulsion transport hauled by a dozer capable of holding and direct-pumping 10,000 lbs of product. This Bulk SkidTM enables bulk to be transported on and off shots in extremely isolated terrain, increasing efficiencies on projects such as pipelines and wind farms.

  • Mid-Atlantic expansion

    2010

    With another strategic acquisition, MD&B extended local service to the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.

  • Employee ownership tops 30%

    2010

    As of December 31, 2010, MD&B employees owned 30.5% of the Company.

  • Northeast expansion

    2012

    MD&B gains a business partner and acquires assets of Dyno Nobel's northeast business.

  • Growth, traction & expansion

    2012-2015

    Over these past five years, MD&B has experienced accelerated traction in several areas, from service expansion of its Mid-Atlantic region, to growth of its Common Culture initiative, and advancement of its Leadership Development Program, transitioning into the next generation of leaders.

  • 50th Anniversary

    2016

    MD&B celebrated 50 years of safety, success and growth in the drilling and rock blasting industry.

  • Majority Employee Ownership at 51%

    2017

    As of March 15, 2017, the Company’s ESOP Trust completed a transaction that purchased additional shares progressing employee ownership from 31% to 51%.

  • Moving Forward

    The Company maintains offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, with the emphasis on local service.

MD&B Has Over 50 Years of Experience

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