Dennis McPherson, Vice President of Operations retires after 47 years with the company. Dennis made his start as a laborer working in Yellowstone National Park in 1972 and held various leadership positions during his successful career at COP.
Pictured left to right; Ed Bedell and Dennis McPherson
Tom Dolan and two other employees are killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning on a large COP irrigation project.
John Hansen, Sr. fills the key leadership void and, at the same time, buys out Tom’s shares of stock from his widow.
This tragic event changed the way COP would view safety forever. This led to COP’s commitment to safety that remains until today.
During the 1950’s, Jim Lyons is the Senior Executive and Tom Dolan is running the day-to-day operations as COP’s culture is taking shape. COP begins building schools, churches, commercial buildings, new home construction and bridges. Some of the work is focused in Yellowstone National Park.
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After construction is completed on the surplus homes and buildings, some of the original stockholders leave. Tom Dolan and Jim Lyons (Lefty’s son), who were instrumental in the successful completion of the projects, decide to stay on and continue building future projects. Lefty also stays on, and would remain the company’s visionary.
COP Construction, Co is established
Local Billings entrepreneur, L.R. “Lefty” Lyons purchases war surplus property and needs a local contractor to move the properties to Billings to sell as homes and commercial property. He solicits a local contractor Francis Flynn to move the properties for trade in stock in COP.