McGill Smith Punshon Releases 160 Year Company History Book

July 30, 2019  |  Member News - Events


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McGill Smith Punshon Releases 160 Year Company History Book

McGill Smith Punshon (MSP) announces the release of its company history book which spans its 160+ years in business. The book, Looking to the Past to Build a Better Future: The History of McGill Smith Punshon, Inc., was commissioned during the company’s 160 anniversary celebration in 2016. Local historian, Christopher Harris, spent two years researching and writing MSP’s company history and the work the company has done in Cincinnati and beyond. The book is available for free viewing on MSP’s website

The book begins with the founding of the Joseph Earnshaw Engineering Firm in 1856 and chronicles the next 160 years. It covers MSP’s early projects as well as more recent projects and shows how the company has stayed relevant and successful in a time period that has included the growth of a rapidly expanding city during times of war, an economic depression and multiple recessions.

MSP started as a surveying/civil engineering and landscape engineering company and has diversified its services to include architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, surveying and planning. Throughout its history, MSP has remained successful by upholding its core principles: integrity, innovation and product diversification with a focus on customer success.

“We’re excited for our clients and friends to read our history book,” said MSP President Steve Roat. “We’re proud to say that we still live by the same principles set by our founders and we’re still focused on our clients’ success.”

The company was instrumental in the establishment of Spring Grove Cemetery in the 1850s, considered one of the first modern cemeteries of its time, and still counts Spring Grove as its first and oldest client.  Throughout its history, MSP has touched many of Cincinnati’s historical landmarks including Music Hall, Washington Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo, Eden Park, Crosley Field, Great American Ballpark, the Banks and Xavier University. It has also played a large part in surveying countless residential neighborhoods and subdivisions in Greater Cincinnati.

MSP continues to provide its multi-discipline services to a wide variety of markets ranging from land development to corporate office buildings. The company looks forward to meeting the needs of its clients for the next 160 years and beyond.