Larry Langille II is the current owner and President of Hughes Bros Inc. Larry was born into construction with a father who was a contractor and a mother who is an engineer. Larry’s grandfather was also in construction, redi-mix concrete, sand, gravel, and stone mining, and pavement supply and paving, as well as his great grand father. Larry has been around construction his whole life, since first digging holes in the backyard with a backhoe at 4 years old. ?
Larry joined Hughes Bros in 2006, a stepson to Peter Hughes, the former owner of Hughes Bros. Larry began as a laborer and worked his way up to Construction Division Manager, and to General Manger, and finally to President. He spent his entire career at Hughes Bros learning every aspect of the business. Larry now proudly stewards the Hughes Legacy.
The Hughes family began gravel and sand mining along the banks of the Penobscot River of Hampden in the 1920's. Peter Hughes, the former owner’s great-grandfather started the operations. Peter's grandfather Edward came to lead the company for over 45 years, and his dad, Bill and uncle, Paul continued the same for another 30 years. Their brothers Richie and Edward II were also involved in the company. It seemed that everyone with the last name Hughes was driving a truck, operating equipment, working in the trenches, or repairing equipment in the shop.
What started as a sand and gravel mining company, grew to concrete business and earthwork contracting business through the four generations. Materials from the Hughes were installed for the runways at Dow Air Base during World War II, built many roads in the Hampden and Bangor region, and built bridges such as the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge. The company grew to 35 people in the 80's and now over 50 during peak season.
The company started its concrete business in 1941, with the railroad using the trolley tracks on lower Main Street to send boxcars of bagged cement to the batch plant on the riverbank. After World War II, technology began to change the truck, equipment, and construction industry. The company invested in larger mixers and aggregate processing equipment and began expanding in a busy economy. After World War II, cement could then be trucked from Thomaston.
Edward Hughes III (Eddie) came to work at Hughes Bros. in 1984 as a Concrete Plant Manager. Eddie successfully managed the concrete plant for over 30 years, watching competitors come and go. Eddie also managed the Materials Division including concrete operations and the operation of aggregate pits and quarries.
With Eddie’s retirement, Larry has a new management team, with extensive technical experience, and ensuring that the same high quality products and services continue on, with an invigoration for the next generation of Hughes Bros.
In the 1980's, the company further expanded to include full-scale earthwork contracting and expanded their fleet of equipment to include state of the art earthmoving equipment. The Hughes family has provided earthworks projects to the region since the 1920's building roads and installing utilities, however, that work expanded into contract earthwork, working on large bonded projects for clients such as the City of Bangor, City of Brewer, Towns of Hampden and Winterport, the Maine Department of Transportation, and the Maine Army National Guard. Peter Hughes enjoyed site work projects and took pride in site development of commercial projects. Larry Langille has that same passion for high quality construction of commercial projects. He takes great pride in building the foundation and environment of the Greater Bangor Region.
Larry has stepped in to lead the company in the next generation. Larry says he firmly believes in the values of Conscientiousness and Grit. We set out to be the best we can be, strive to be efficient and organized, and strive to be disciplined and systematic. We never give up when faced with obstacles. Our drive to achieve our goals, can best be described as relentless, a powerful combination of perseverance and passion. We’ve set goals to creatively expand our products and services, to deliver the most diverse set of value to building the foundation and environment of the Greater Bangor Region available.
We set ourselves apart with our values, our creativity and vision, our growth mindset, and our dedication to our trade and our customer base. We recognize the environment of the next generation, which is complex, technological, data driven, and environmentally responsible. We appreciate our team members, our assets, our history, and our resources.