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Alton, Maine, And Herbert E. Sargent Together In 1926
Alton, Maine, And Herbert E. Sargent Together In 1926
Our story begins in
1926

Humble Beginnings

Sargent Corporation traces its beginnings to 1926 in Alton, Maine, when a young man named Herbert E. Sargent bought a used Reo dump truck and set out to make a living. In the early years, he hired out his truck in the summers and cut wood and plowed snow in the winters.
1930 When One Of Our Heavy Equipment Sunk
1930 When One Of Our Heavy Equipment Sunk
1930

Sargent Growth

The demand for Herb’s work ethic, reliability, and integrity grew quickly. By 1930, he had acquired a small fleet of trucks to go with a power shovel and a bulldozer.
Old Heavy Equipment Photo With Herb's Initial At 1957
Old Heavy Equipment Photo With Herb's Initial At 1957
1957

Son Joins the Company

Herb grew his business over the ensuing decades, with his son, Jim, joining the company full-time in 1957. Jim proved to be a catalyst for growth as he continued to build on Herb’s reputation as an honest and reliable contractor.
Sargent's Small Size Excavator On 1975
1975

Jim Becomes President

In 1975, Herb retired and Jim became president of H.E. Sargent, Inc.
1926 Story Photo With Alton, Maine
1926 Story Photo With Alton, Maine
1988

H. E. Sargent Sold to Razel

In 1988, the family sold the company to Razel, a much larger construction firm from Paris, France. By that time, Jim’s son, Herb R. Sargent, had worked full-time for the company for five years as a foreman and superintendent.
Our Crew Guiding Our Dumptruck Operator On Dumping Soil On The Ground
Our Crew Guiding Our Dumptruck Operator On Dumping Soil On The Ground
1991

Sargent & Sargent Begins

In 1991, Herb R. left H.E. Sargent, Inc., and began his own site preparation company in Bangor, Maine, called Sargent & Sargent.
Excavator Filling Our Pick-up Truck With Soil And Medium Size Stones
Excavator Filling Our Pick-up Truck With Soil And Medium Size Stones
1994

Sargent Expands to the Mid-Atlantic

In the fall of 1994, H. E. Sargent crews from Maine mobilized to the Baltimore area to cap two landfill facilities for BFI. The owner was happy with the work, which led to us doing more work in the Richmond area. We opened up an office in Ashland, VA in February of 1997.
Herb, the grandson and current CEO, and Herb, the founder
Herb, the grandson and current CEO, and Herb, the founder
2005

Sargent Corporation

Sargent & Sargent grew steadily, and in 2005 acquired the assets of H.E. Sargent, Inc. Pictured here are Herb, the grandson and current CEO, and Herb, the founder. He was 99 years old when the companies merged under one banner: Sargent Corporation.
Sargent's Crew Group Photo at Work
2013

Sargent Corporation Becomes Employee-Owned

From the moment the company acquired 100% of Herb R. Sargent's stock, Sargent became an employee-owned company. This enables our employees to share in the growth and profitability of the company.
Sargent's Crew Member Back Shot
Sargent's Crew Member Back Shot
2020

Today

Sargent Corporation’s 350+ employees work in seven states and are led by a field management team boasting over 1,000 years of combined experience.