Originally formed as a partnership between Lee H. Woods and his son, James D. Woods Sr.
, to bid on the construction of a section of the San Diego Aqueduct from Black Mountain to the Lower Otay reservoir, LHWS
was ultimately incorporated in 1962 as a general engineering contracting company.
Having worked for the family company while growing up, James D. Woods Sr.
began working with his
Father full time following his
return from the Korean War, both as a crane operator and as a foreman constructing storm drains, sewers and water pipelines.
late-20s when LHWS
was founded, James D. Woods Sr.
also had an engineering education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, thereby possessing the knowledge and ability to run the field as well as to handle the required public works paperwork.
With the passing of Lee Woods in the mid-1960s, James D. Woods Sr.
remained the owner and president of LHWS
until 1998, when he
retired and passed the family business on to his
son, James D. Woods Jr. Having worked for the company during his
summers in high school, James D. Woods Jr. was no stranger to the business - in fact, he'd worked his
way up from a field laborer into a management position, giving him an excellent knowledge base of all aspects of underground construction.
After graduating from San Diego State University in 1983, he joined the LHWS team full time, stepping ably into the position of president and owner a decade ago.