In 1896, a master carpenter named Howard Shockey went into business repairing wagons. His reputation for quality construction and his “do-it-right-the-first-time” attitude soon placed him in demand for custom home building in and around the small town of Winchester, VA. Howard quickly became known for his integrity, industriousness, and craftsmanship.
In 1947, the growing company became known as Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. A ready-mixed concrete operation, Crider & Shockey, Inc., was established in the 1940s (which was sold in 2008) and a precast concrete manufacturing division was added in the 1950s, which continues to operate today (under new ownership) as The Shockey Precast Group. A real estate development company with build-to-suit capabilities was added in 1970, and today Shockey Properties owns and manages more than four million square feet of prime commercial property in the mid-Atlantic region.
In 2014, ENR MidAtlantic magazine ranked Shockey among the top 40 contractors in a multi-state region (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia).