Our Company History
Over a Century of Experience
Founded in Illinois in 1890, GLDD has a long history with Chicago’s shore infrastructure and river lock system. The company now operates on every domestic coastline and throughout many inland U.S. waterways, and has operated in several foreign markets, throughout the Middle East, Latin America, and other regions around the globe. In addition, GLDD has a fleet of smaller vessels that specialize in dredging challenging shallow water environments, such as lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and inland channels.
Since its founding, GLDD has been a leader in the building and maintenance of the nation’s navigation system, the protection of shorelines, the restoration of sensitive habitats, and the creation of critical aquatic infrastructure. We are committed to delivering innovative and high-quality workmanship to our clients while executing every project with a focus on safety and environmental protection and enhancement.