Timeline

Nearly 50 Years As The Worldwide Leader In Commercial Diving

Company Timeline
1969

UCC Founded

Underwater Construction Corporation (UCC) is founded by John Chiangi, Sr. and Stuart Leech.

 

1973
Testing at Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant

First Successful Radiological Dives

UCC divers complete radiological dives at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant.

1986

UCC Acquired by the Brand Companies

UCC is acquired by a publicly owned asbestos abatement company named The Brand Companies. The original founders leave.  Chiangi’s son, John, Jr., takes over as president of the company.

1987

UCC Completes its First International Contract

UCC completes its first international project at a nuclear plant in Taiwan. As a result, UCC goes on to successfully complete several nuclear plant projects throughout Taiwan into the early 2000s.

1989

UCC and its Parent Company Acquire Lakeshore Marine Establishing the Midwest Division, & Take on Two Massive Projects on Each Coast

UCC and its parent company acquire Lakeshore Marine located in Michigan. This allowed UCC to expand its operations to the Great Lakes region and service a host of new and existing clients, particularly one noteworthy customer located on Lake Michigan, which happens to be UCC’s longest running contract to date. UCC also takes on two massive projects in this year. The first is a re-rack project at a nuclear plant in California. The second is a marine construction project for Metro-North Commuter Railroad that involved the extensive rehabilitation of four railroad bridges in Connecticut. Both projects are a great success and help UCC gain substantial recognition in the nuclear and marine diving industry.

1991
1994
1994
UCC Develops Nuclear Underwater Coatings Program

UCC Develops Nuclear Underwater Coatings Program

UCC develops state-of-the-art methods and products that can withstand high levels of radiation and be applied underwater in nuclear plants. UCC completes its first project of this type.

1995
UCC Experiences Two Advancements in its Welding & Reactor Services Program

UCC Experiences Two Advancements in its Welding & Reactor Services Program

UCC completes its first safety-related welds at a Nuclear Plant in North Carolina and its first dryer cut-up at a nuclear site in Japan.

1996
Three Long-time Employees Acquire UCC; Open Third Office in Tennessee

Three Long-time Employees Acquire UCC; Open Third Office in Tennessee

Formerly a public company, UCC is acquired by three standout employees who have worked many years as divers and in management roles. The new leadership team is comprised of John Lawton as President and CEO, and Michael Pellini and William Feeley as two vice presidents.

UCC also opens a new office in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, to service the vast network of power producing facilities along the Tennessee Valley River System. This expansion into the south eventually accounts for 25% of the Company’s annual revenues.

1997
2000
2004
UCC Experiences Record Growth; Wins More Opportunities in Japan

UCC Experiences Record Growth; Wins More Opportunities in Japan

UCC performs dives at one of the largest nuclear facilities in the world. More than 30 divers work at the site in Japan for several months and the outcome of the project proves to be a tremendous success.

2005

UCC Signs Joint Venture with Chinese Company QPOC

UCC signs joint venture with Chinese company QPOC providing training and development services. The relationship continues to this day.

2008
2010
Wisconsin Office

UCC Continues Expansion with New Wisconsin Office

UCC’s Michigan office expands its marine diving operations further west to Wisconsin.

2012
2013
2014

President Lawton Retires; Raymond Palumbo Becomes President

Lawton retires from UCC after serving as its President and CEO for eighteen years. The two remaining owners, Pellini and Feeley remain as co-chairmen and promote the company’s Chief Financial Officer Raymond Palumbo, to the position of President and CEO.

2014
2015
UCC Enters UK Decommissioning Market

UCC Enters UK Decommissioning Market

UCC is awarded a contract at a nuclear site in England leading UCC to open its first international subsidiary, Underwater Construction Corporation UK, Ltd.

2015
2015
UCC Pioneers the First Radiological Dives in the UK

UCC Pioneers the First Radiological Dives in the UK

UCC pioneers the first radiological dives in England, further establishing itself as an elite diving authority.

2016
2017
Evoqua Logo

UCC Forms Strategic Alliance with Evoqua

Evoqua Water Technologies and UCC team up. These two powerhouses are now set to deliver expert underwater service to the water power industry. This unprecedented alliance combines the intake innovation of Evoqua with the elite diving capabilities of UCC to form an unparalleled service offering.

2017
UCC Wins NDA Award for Best Technical Innovation

UCC Wins NDA Award for Best Technical Innovation

Underwater Construction Corporation UK, Ltd. enters the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Annual Awards competition and wins ‘Highly Commended’ for The Best Technical Innovation to Benefit a Site License Company.

2018
2018

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