Dobson Field Services has grown to become one of the region’s largest specialty contractors, offering field services such as rigging, storage and specialized transportation.

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Our History

  • 1940’s

    • 1947 Kenneth Goddard and J. Gilbert Dobson founded Dobson Heavy Haul in Bay City.
    • 1948 One of nine companies that founded the organization that ultimately became the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA).
  • 1950’s

    • 1950’s The company expands its capabilities with heavy duty trucking in the Midwest. It also begins manufacturing its own custom heavy-duty trailers.
    • 1957 Dobson hauls 41,000 miles of cable to Mackinac. This cable was used to produce the huge cables supporting the center span of the Mackinac Bridge.
    • 1958 Dobson Heavy Haul becomes the first hauler in history to be given a permit to carry an oversized load over the Mackinac Bridge. The bridge was temporarily closed when the load was taken across.
    • 1959 Company wins the contract for rigging and steel hanging on virtually all the buildings at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.
  • 1960’s

    • 1965 In response to customer requests, Dobson Heavy Haul adds steel erection division.
    • 1965 Company moves to new headquarters at 3660 N. Euclid, Bay City. New facilities include a rail site and expanded storage and fabrication areas.
    • 1969 With the purchase of VanHaaren Trucking, the nation’s oldest registered trucking firm, Dobson expands heavy trucking capabilities to include the entire U.S.
  • 1970’s

    • 1972 Main office building expanded to handle increased business.
    • 1975 Large specialized trucking terminal is opened in Detroit to handle the company’s expanding Midwest business.
  • 1980’s

    • 1980 Innovative safety programs started by Dobson Heavy Haul lead to a number of regional and national awards for safety.
    • 1989 Company is awarded steel erection and rigging contract for the new physical education building, Ryder Center, at Saginaw Valley State University.
  • 1990’s

    • 1994 Dobson Heavy Haul purchases Ponder Iron Works (Ponder Door Company) .
    • 1997 Dobson Heavy Haul celebrates 50 years of leadership in providing service to its Midwest commercial and industrial customers.
    • 1999 Dobson Heavy Haul opens Wixom office to expand services in Metro Detroit area.
  • 2000’s

    • 2002 Purchases additional “low profile” specialty cranes for in-plant maintenance work. Expands engineering and fabrication capabilities for the manufacturing of special, high-tolerance equipment.
    • 2003 Changes company name to Dobson Industrial.
    • 2006 Third generation of family ownership begins.
    • 2007 Company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
    • 2008 Marks the 60th anniversary of the SC&RA and Dobson Industrial remains one of five original founding companies.
  • 2010’s – Present

    • 2015 Dobson family sells its ownership interest to remaining partners. The Dobson name continues as the proven leader in the rigging & machinery moving, steel fabrication & installation business.
    • 2017 Company celebrates its 70th anniversary.
    • 2018 Marks the 70th anniversary of the SC&RA and Dobson Industrial as a founding member.
    • 2011-2022 Company receives numerous safety awards for outstanding safety performance.
    • 2016-2021 Marks six consecutive years with zero recordable injuries.
    • 2022 Company celebrates its 75th anniversary.


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