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R.E. Staite celebrates 70th anniversary building San Diego waterfront

R.E. Staite Engineering Inc., a general contractor specializing in marine and heavy construction, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The company has been directly involved in the evolution and construction of the San Diego waterfront since 1938.

Beginning with waterfront construction for the early shipyards, canneries and fueling facilities, the company has played an important role in the development of Navy and Port district facilities all around the bay. The company built pile foundations systems for most of the major structures along the bay and has worked on unique engineering projects from Alaska to Panama.

Ray Carpenter is president of R.E. Staite Engineering and president of Harbor Tug and Barge Co., which provides barges and towing service in San Diego Bay and along the West Coast on Mexico and the United States.

Carpenter, who belongs to the second generation of a San Diego waterfront building family, began as a pile driver in 1968. He became president of R. E. Staite Engineering in 1978 and has grown the company into a $30 million construction operation working in San Diego and throughout Southern California.

Some of the company's noteworthy projects include construction of the carrier wharves for the Stennis and Reagan at North Island, dredging of the National City Marina Basin, reconstruction of the Glorietta Bay revetments and wharf repairs for the Port of San Diego. The company has driven piling and constructed foundations for the Convention Center, the Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotels and built bridges for CALTRANS, the city of San Diego, National City and San Diego County. R.E. Staite has also been involved in maritime environmental cleanup operations for America's Cup Harbor, Solar, The Port of San Diego marine terminals, San Diego shipyards and was a key player for three years in Valdez, Ala., for Chevron on the Exxon Valdez project. The company was also the local support contractor for refloating the container ship Panama that ran aground off Ensenada Harbor and operated a sand terminal for more than 10 years in National City for material imported from Mexico.

Harbor Tug and Barge was formed in 1989 to service Navy and Industry needs for local and blue water towing. Projects have included barge towing to and from Alaska, Seattle, Panama as well as all Baja and southern California Ports. For more than 10 years, sand and aggregate barges have been towed form Ensenada to various Southern California ports, moving over 500,000 tons annually.

Carpenter was one of the founders of the Port Tenants Association and its first chairman, serving three years. He is a current member of Working Waterfront, and chairman of mayor's Tideland Advisory Council. He is a former member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, a former chairman of County Service Area 110 Palomar Mountain and a former member of Presidents Council at San Diego State University. Carpenter serves as a trustee for AGC Retirement Trust Fund and for AGC Health and Welfare.

Submitted by R.E. Staite Engineering

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