M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

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Location: Wilmington, DE
Founded: 1870
Industry: Construction
Generations: 5

Category: Medium

M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

Peggy Del Fabbro
CEO

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
Since M. Davis & Sons, Inc.’s founding in 1870, its core values have remained the same. The company strives to provide quality services to its clients, while offering satisfaction, security and a safe workplace for its team. These principles are a responsibility and should permeate all operations at the company, says CEO Peggy Del Fabbro.

ONBOARDING FAMILY
Every Davis family member who has worked in a management role has started at the very bottom. For Del Fabbro, this included helping with secretarial and bookkeeping duties while she was in high school and college. For her sons, it means working as entry-level employees. Family members often get training to do their jobs in the shop, and ultimately they are placed in positions that are best suited to their strengths.

Fun Fact: M. Davis & Sons was founded just five years after the Civil War ended.

CULTURAL VALUES
Creating a culture built around safety has helped the company maintain a stellar safety rating. “Employees are responsible for wholehearted, genuine cooperation with all aspects of the safety and health program … and for practicing safety while performing their duties each day,” says Del Fabbro.

LASTING LEGACY
Each of the generations that has led M. Davis & Sons so far has left its mark on the company. Del Fabbro’s own legacy has been pursuing certification as a woman-owned business to provide more value to customers.