L.H. Woods & Sons, Inc. (LHWS) was founded in 1958 by Lee H. Woods and his son, James D. Woods, Sr. According to an article in the Compact Equipment Issue of CalContractor, LWHS was started specifically to bid on the construction of a section of the San Diego Aqueduct. Today LHWS is a highly respected contractor that has built numerous piplines and aqueduct systems in Southern California – systems that are critical to providing a reliable water supply for the drought-stricken state.
"I like to kid with my dad that we are busy rebuilding his work," says James Jr., referring to pipelines built by James Sr., which have now outlived their useful life cycle. Based in Vista, California, LHWS is a family-owned, third-generation general engineering contracting company specializing in the design, construction and rehabilitation of large-diameter pipelines in the Western U.S. According to James Jr., "My grandfather relied on Hawthorn as I have and my father before me."
In addition to developing specialized equipment, LHWS has been purchasing heavy equipment from Hawthorne Cat for as long as James Woods, Jr. can remember. "Our fleet consists primarily of Cat equipment and most recently we have purchased a new Cat 347D L excavator, Cat 328D close radius excavator along with a pair of 950K Wheel Loaders from our friends at Hawthorne Cat," says James.
LHWS owns and operates more than 100 pieces of heavy equipment, with almost every type of Cat equipment available. LHWS are also experts in constructing water storage reservoirs, sewer and water pump stations, tunnels, concrete structures, concrete-encased live aqueducts, valve vaults, complex mechanical systems, chlorination systems, roads, sewers and storm drains.