The Early Years
Venus Construction began in September 1967 after the continued insistence of Geraldine McAda. Mrs. McAda wanted her husband Samuel McAda, known by all as Big Mac, to be home and closer to the family. So after years of persistence by Mrs. McAda, Big Mac, with the help of his wife, founded Venus Construction Company in Venus, Texas. The Company started where most great companies have started, in the family home.
Big Mac went down to Clemons Tractor Supply on Main St. in Ft. Worth and purchased our first piece of equipment, a 4500 Ford Backhoe. The salesman, Mr. Sprad knew what a hard worker and visionary Big Mac was and worked with him to secure this first tractor.
From the beginning Venus Construction was a family affair. The McAda twins, Sammy & Sandra were some of our first employees along with the McAdas neighbor Coy McCormick. Sammy and Sandra were Seniors at Venus High School the year Venus Construction was founded. When the twins were not in school they were hard at work. Sammy would help his dad out in the field while Sandra and Mrs. McAda would help keep the companies books. Some of our first lines of work included septic tank installation and installing water service in sub-divisions for general contractors, pretty much anything to pay for that 4500 Ford Backhoe.
Venus Construction soon began to grow and added more employees and equipment. Big Mac, having worked the ground of North Texas for many years, had a vision and desire to dig further, deeper, and faster, and make the company more efficient. The decision was made to purchase equipment that could handle the different soil conditions, especially the hard rock found in North Texas. This decision from our inception, set us apart and lead us down the road to become a leader, in the underground utility construction industry in North Texas.
Big Mac and Geraldine McAda
The mcada twins
Times of Transition and Growth
The 70's 80's and 90's were a time of transition and growth for Venus Construction. In the mid 70's we bought our first trencher, a Shield Jetco 7337. The first project that saw the use of this new piece of equipment was a big project in Mineral Wells, Texas. This trencher greatly aided in laying a water line, stretching miles, in the deep hard rock found in this area. We were able to pay for this trencher with this one project. This accomplishment introduced us to a new threshold. Previously only dynamite could break through the hard North Texas rock, but now we could too.
These times of transition and growth were not without hardship and difficulty. In July 1981 the United States entered a recession. All development came to a crashing halt. Home builders were not building and therefor were not in need of our services. We were forced to look into doing utility work that we had not previously done, we had, for the most part, only been doing work for housing developments. We had to start doing work for local municipalities and commercial contractors. This introduced us to lines of work that we had not previously performed but have remained a integral part of our company since.
Throughout this time, with the guidance and direction of Big Mac and Mrs. McAda, Sammy and Sandra continued to serve the company and grow in their responsibilities. They both eventually got married and Venus Construction soon had many new sets of hands to put to work.
On April 4th 1994, Big Mac passed away and Sammy and Sandra took over the responsibilities of running the company. At this time all of the McAda children had their hands dirty and were regular workers on our projects. If there was not school, a sporting event or family function, they were working. Along with the McAda family, Venus Construction had grown to over 30 employees.
Venus Construction Today
In the late 1990's and early 2000's North Texas experienced great growth. New homes and commercial buildings were popping up everywhere which meant we stayed busy. If it was not raining, we were working. Times were good!
On August 31, 2001 Sammy suddenly passed away. Sammy's eldest son Josh McAda became President of Venus Construction. Josh brought great experience and hard work with him to this new role. Having filled every role in the field, he knew first hand the operations of our company. Josh soon had the help of his two younger brothers. After graduating college, Sam and Jake McAda joined the team full time and served as foremen and superintendents.
The three McAda brothers only had a few years to get comfortable in their new roles before the 2008 recession bared down on the US economy. The housing market and commercial construction market popped and new projects became hard to come by. With the constant reminder from Aunt Sandra that we had survived a recession before and we would survive this one, the McAda brothers pressed on and lead our company out of these trying times.
Today, Venus Construction has over 300 team members working all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Our work load is diverse, with a mixture of commercial, residential, municipal and TXDOT projects. We have been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Dallas three times (2009, 2014 & 2015) by the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. We are also proud to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by INC. Magazine in 2014 & 2015. In 2015 Venus Construction, for the first time in company history, was ranked on the Engineering News-Record's list of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors in the nation. We ranked number 502.
We are a company rooted in our history and dedicated to family. It is our hands on approach and vast knowledge and experience that allows us to continue to be a leader in underground utility construction in DFW . We make sure all of our customers are satisfied and take pride in every project we have the privilege to be a part of. This is how we have been doing things since 1967 and how we will continue to do things in the future.
The mcada brothers