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A Highway to Success
By: Amy K. Stewart
December 1, 2011
Learning how to work hard on his father’s farm is just one of many character traits Con Wadsworth says paved the way to his success with the family-run construction company. Wadsworth is the newly named president of Draper-based Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company (RLW).
“My dad taught us to work hard and to be tenacious—not to quit,” Wadsworth says. “If we start something, we have to finish it. And if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” Wadsworth lives in Peoa, a rural farming community east of Park City. As part of his early work ethic, Wadsworth grew up milking cows before the sun rose.
His father started the construction company 36 years ago, after several years in the engineering business designing buildings. The work is now mainly heavy road and highway construction, specializing in building some of the largest bridges in the Intermountain West.
The Wadsworth Interstate-15 bridges can easily be spotted for their intricate artwork sculptures, such as the 123000 South Exit. The company also constructed the bobsled luge run and long jump platforms in Park City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
“To drive by projects and be able to say that you built them, and are proud of them, means a lot to me,” Wadsworth says. “That motivation is always there when we’re doing a job. I visualize the project from start to finish.”
Wadsworth began working for his father’s company during the summers when he was 16. Since then he has worked in and learned every facet of the business. He can understand and relate with the daily laborer or carpenter on a job, but is also in his element as he guides the long-term strategic planning for the company.
Four of the seven Wadsworth brothers lead RLW. Con Wadsworth is now at the helm with approximately 550 employees. “But it’s not like one guy leading the ship,” he says. “There are four of us in this organization and we are all working toward the same goal.”
Wadsworth turns to hunting and the beach to relax but also finds growing hay on his farm to be a fine de-stressor. He also runs races around the state—and wins many of them in his age category.