History Timeline

Gilbane is a company steeped in family values.

Built By Gilbane

Gilbane is a company steeped in family values and a heritage that began in the rugged countryside of county Leitrim, Ireland.  In 1842, William Gilbane was born to Thomas and Bridget (O’Brien) Gilbane. To escape the “Great Hunger” the family relocated to the United States in 1845 making Rhode Island their home and welcoming the birth of their second son, Thomas, in 1854.  In 1870, William Gilbane founded a carpentry firm and in 1871 Thomas Gilbane apprenticed with his brother William. Together they worked tirelessly to found Gilbane Building Company in 1870.

Since that time, Gilbane has built a reputation for fairness, discipline and an unwavering commitment to the highest performance in all facets of our business and operations as evidenced through our dedication to our Core Values. Today, strategic growth has offered Gilbane the opportunity to expand around the world.

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1844 – 1870
1870 – 1908
1908 – 1939
1939 – 1959
1960 – 1984
1985 – 2000
2001 – 2009
2010 – 2020
2021 – Present