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Aikens Group History
Based in Winchester, VA, the Aikens Group is a premier development firm in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley. The Aikens Group serves the Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 corridors from Martinsburg, WV to Woodstock, VA. The company is centrally located to allow the business to grow and expand with the needs of the region. Committed to providing a standard of excellence resulting in an unsurpassed level of service the Aikens Group has a tradition to live up to.
Major Company Milestones
In 1931 near the end of the depression, Harry W. Aikens started Aikens Construction working in the woolen mills during the day and building houses at night. His passion was development and entrepreneurship.
In 1955 Harry Aikens built his first commercial property on Valley Avenue in Winchester, VA and the Aikens Group was established. Throughout the years he continued to develop properties he would own and manage while continuing to operate Aikens Construction.
In 1973 his son, Walter Aikens, joined the family business and the construction company became H & W Construction. Named after Harry and Walter Aikens. Over the years Harry and Walter expanded the services Aikens Group provides to include commercial construction, land excavation, commercial real estate leasing, land development, crane rental services, hotel development, and residential rental properties.
In 1994 Steve Parrish began his career with the Aikens Group as the head of the Hotel Division and as with many family businesses, Walters’s two sons began working with the company at an early age and followed in their father’s footsteps after college.
In 2000 William Aikens began working for H&W Construction as a project superintendent.
In 2002 Jason Aikens joined the team as an operations manager for the hotel properties.
Over the years the Aikens Group has become a premier development firm in the Shenandoah Valley because of the relationships it has established over the years. With over 250 employees and operating in various industries the Aikens Group is grateful for the relationships that have been fostered since 1931. It’s reputable track record of success has been achieved through a collaborative effort from its employees, community support, and slow and consistent development growth.
As today’s marketplace grows and revolutionizes, the Aikens Group plans to continue to serve and support the area and enhance customers’ lives by “building strong relationships.”