FMB Historical Timeline

The success of any business is a function of choices made about;
the industry within which to participate, the market to be served, the people who will inhabit the organization and the ownership structure that will guide the operation.


Luck is the secret ingredient playing a definitive role in the success of any enterprise. An addendum to that point is the dictum; 'the harder you work, the luckier you become.'


FMB has thrived because it has had all these factors working in its behalf for over 100 years.

—F. Martin Booth

1912 –Frank M. Booth and a partner open a tinning and plumbing shop in downtown Marysville.

1917 – The budding business expands to include a hardware store and moves to its current Marysville location.

1922 – Frank M. Booth becomes Mayor of Marysville.

1938 – Company becomes the first Northern California contractor to retail Carrier air conditioners.

1940 – Frank M. Booth Jr. graduates from Santa Clara University with a degree in mechanical engineering and accepts a position with Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse, New York.

1942 – Frank M. Booth Sr. passes away at age 57.

1944 – Frank M. Booth Jr. returns from the war and is soon made President of the company.

1951 – Frank M. Booth Jr. named president of the Marysville Rotary Club and hires Bill Larson for his experience in public accounting.

1952 – Company opens an office in Redding, CA.

1953 – The company completes Mercy Hospital in Redding, the first plumbing, heating and air conditioning contract to exceed $100,000.
1955 - Seeking diversification, the Company purchases a restaurant supply firm and starts an electrical contracting division.

1959 – Company makes its first contribution to the Frank M. Booth Profit Sharing Plan.

1965 - Both the restaurant supply and the electrical contracting businesses are shuttered.

1972 - Company purchases Fontaine and Bean, a Sacramento based sheet metal firm.

1972 - F. Martin Booth graduates from UC Berkeley and the 3rd generation of Booths joins the Company.

1973 – Frank M. Booth Jr. is appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to the Contractors’ State License Board.

1975 - Lawrence R Booth graduates from UC Berkeley in mechanical engineering and begins his employment with the Company.  

1975 - Company begins a series of Joint Ventures with RG Fisher Company on waste water treatment facilities, concluding on a $25M plant for the City of Redding. 

1978 - Frank M. Booth Jr. becomes Chairman of the Board and F. Martin Booth, President and CEO.

1982 - The Company completes a high rise in Sacramento, its first large design build project 

1983 - The Sacramento office arising from the Fontaine and Bean purchase closes.

1984 – Booth purchases Valley Sheet Metal Co, a Bay Area HVAC and architectural contracting firm.

1987 – Frank M. Booth Jr. succumbs at the age of 67.

1989 - The Company creates Frank M. Booth Design Build Co., opening again in Sacramento.
2003 - LR Booth becomes President of the Company.

2007 - The Company became a majority owned ESOP.

2008/9 - Lawrence and Andrew Booth, both UCSB graduates in mechanical engineering, begin their employ becoming the 4th generation of Booth's involvement with the Company.

2010 - Over the previous two decades Frank M. Booth Inc. has performed at a superior level on an extensive list of major projects which includes Herlong Prison, Kaiser Lincoln MOB, Kaiser Roseville MOB, Sutter Sacramento, Sutter Roseville, Sutter Solano, Genentech Dixon and Vacaville, UCD Biogenetics, Pelican Bay Prison, Coalinga Correctional Facility, Stockton Ballpark, Raley Field, Stockton Arena, San Francisco International Airport Expansion, California Academy of Science, Yahoo, Adobe, HP, Pixar, Intel, and Apple, Inc.

FMB has been onsite at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since 1993.

To view our current project experience, please visit our Project Profiles.



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