Firm Overview // History

“There is no doubt in my mind about it, ours is the most satisfying profession of them all, not withstanding its numerous hardships, its grave responsibilities, and its exacting demands on one’s time and energies. Never once since graduation …would I have considered changing the profession of my choice, and never once have I regretted that choice.”

Dr. J.A.L. Waddell

Our Founder Was A Passionate Innovator.

Hardesty & Hanover was founded in 1887 by Dr. J.A.L. Waddell – patent holder for the first modern vertical lift bridge design and other movable and fixed bridge innovations. Dr. Waddell was an innovator and an extremely passionate leader when it came to his craft of engineering. He believed that in order for his company to succeed, it had to be owned and operated by professional, innovative and passionate engineers just like him. These qualities have become the hallmark characteristics of our owners and operators. We are proud to say that this tradition lives strong over 120 years later.

He Demanded Attention To Detail.

Dr. Waddell elevated the need for detailed bridge engineering. He understood – from very early on – that attention to the finest details would be what allowed the projects Hardesty & Hanover engineered to last the longest, remain the most reliable, and create a stable platform of growth for the company. We continue to carry Dr. Waddell’s demand for the attention to details. Evidence of this can be found in the many unique structures and applications we now engineer.

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