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Updated: February 12, 2024

Portland-based Wright-Ryan Construction marks 40 years in business

2 people standing by water in old photo Courtesy / Wright-Ryan Tom Wright and John Ryan founded Portland construction firm Wright-Ryan in 1984.

Portland construction firm Wright-Ryan launched a 40th-anniversary campaign called  “Building for Generations” to celebrate its 1984 founding by Tom Wright and John Ryan. 

A series of initiatives are planned for the coming months, with a focus on the company’s future and spotlights on team members, partners and projects over the last four decades.

“Even more important than reflecting on where we have been is to look ahead at where we are going,” said Ryan, the company’s president. 

Wright and Ryan were childhood friends who shared a belief in creating a relationship-based firm. The company has grown to include more than 100 team members, with expertise in commercial and residential construction. 

In 2016, Wright-Ryan transitioned to a 100% employee-owned company through an employee stock ownership plan and completed work on the Village Centre Apartments project in Brewer, serving as construction manager to Community Housing of Maine. Village Centre is one of the nation’s first, and largest, Passive House certified, multifamily affordable housing communities, according to a news release.

In 2023, Wright-Ryan was announced as the construction manager serving Elliotsville Foundation, in partnership with a Wabanaki Advisory Board, to construct the Tekαkαpimək Contact Station at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

To kick off the anniversary, Wright-Ryan introduced a special edition logo across its digital presence. The logo references the company’s brand while drawing inspiration from the built environments within the company’s portfolio and symbolizing future growth. 

Wright-Ryan will also release a limited video series and host a variety of events.

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