When Joseph D. Sheedy founded Sheedy Drayage Co. in 1925, its equipment consisted of a single truck and its main work was hauling to and from San Francisco’s docks and railway depots. The company now operates a fleet of more than 100 trucks, trailers, cranes and other heavy-duty lifting and hauling equipment. Sheedy is one of northern California’s leading crane, rigging and heavy hauling contractors. Sheedy provides rigging services for everything from mounting statues to erecting tower cranes and manlifts. Sheedy has extensive warehousing facilities for the transfer of goods and machinery.
Golden Gate Bridge
Sheedy’s growth was due primarily to its responsiveness to the economic development of the San Francisco Bay Area. In the late 1920’s, its expanding fleet of trucks carried hay, grain, feed, and hides to local mills, stables, and tanneries. During the 1930s, the company began to specialize in hauling steel and was the principal drayage contractor for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was in the mid-1930s that Sheedy acquired its first crane; a 15-ton Orton mounted on a Mack chassis.
During World War II, Sheedy began in earnest to develop the hoisting aspect of its business, purchasing a number of cranes with capacities of 15 to 20 tons (the largest available at the time) to service the busy San Francisco shipyards and oil refineries. Growth continued in the postwar years, and Sheedy trucks and cranes became familiar sights in the Bay Area, hauling and hoisting penstocks for hydroelectric plants, steel, pile-driving equipment for new highways, and rail construction of the Bay Area Rapid Transit and San Francisco Metro systems. When the erection of high-rise office buildings began to transform the skyline of downtown San Francisco, Sheedy became a leading crane and trucking contractor for building materials. Sheedy has since participated in the construction of almost every tall building in the city.