Boston, MA 2018 marks an historic milestone for the family-owned Marr Companies as it celebrates its 120th year in business. Through the leadership of six generations of family members and numerous others who have dedicated their professional careers, the Marr Companies has built its reputation as a leading provider of specialized products and services to the New England construction industry on years of hard work. What began in 1898 as a very small operation in South Boston is now a robust enterprise consisting of four separate businesses: Daniel Marr & Son Company (steel and precast erection); Marr Scaffolding Company (rental, sales, installation and servicing of construction products and equipment); Marr Crane & Rigging (cranes, construction elevators, rigging and warehousing); and Isaac Blair & Co., Inc. (specialty shoring and rigging). Marr’s operations are located throughout Mass. and in R.I., including its South Boston headquarters, Dorchester and Canton warehouses, and Springfield and Providence branches.
Over the decades, Marr has left a long-lasting footprint on its neighborhood and the New England region contributing to the area’s overall growth and development. Working with a wide range of customers – from subcontractors and general contractors to property owners and developers—the company has been fortunate in cultivating long-standing relationships, earning trust and continued business. Marr has welcomed the access it has been given to helping build the city’s newest skyscrapers and restore and maintain its cherished, historic landmarks. The company takes pride in the work performed on the countless projects that have shaped its journey and a select few stand out in terms of scope and impact on the community. Some early projects included the Commonwealth Pier 5 (1914), later known as the World Trade Center, and Braves Field (1915) built for the Boston Braves baseball team, now serving as BU’s Nickerson Field. Later projects included: The Museum of Science (1960s), The Boston Garden (1966), Schaefer Stadium (1970) and Rowes Wharf (1988). More recent highlights include Northeastern University (2015), Harvard’s SEC (2017), and Wynn Boston Harbor (2018). Additionally, Marr has its hand in the building and ongoing restoration and maintenance of city landmarks and iconic institutions, including: Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, MA State House, Moakley United States Courthouse, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Copley Place, Logan Airport and Mass. General Hospital.
In this anniversary year, the company has taken time to rummage through its archives and reflect on its extensive library of past projects. The Marr history is a rich one as the company has grown along with the city of Boston, which has come into its own as a world-class destination. Marr has been privileged to participate in ways both big and small in a wide range of building construction projects. Thanks to the hard work of employees and loyal customers who rely on quality service and expertise on every jobsite, the Marr Companies is poised for many more years of continued success.