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A History of Leadership and Evolution




Over one hundred years of history creating content and building audience intelligence in the industries we serve. Our company history is one of leadership and evolution, with continued innovation and growth to meet the needs of the future.

  • 1905

    Established in 1905, Scranton Gillette Communications began as The Engineering and Contracting Publishing Company, a Chicago-based publishing company serving the transportation construction industry. Its founder was H.P. Gillette (1869-1958), formerly an editor on the staff of Engineering News Record

    Halbert P Gillette founder
  • 1906

    Roads & Bridges is launched

    Roads & Bridges Issue Cover
  • 1909

    The Diapason is launched

    The Diapason Issue Cover
  • 1922

    Scranton Gillette Communications purchases Water Works magazine which is today's Water & Wastes Digest serving the municipal and industrial water markets. Water Works was launched in 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri, its appearance marking the first independent publishing effort to serve the then new water supply industry

    Water & Wastes Digest Cover
  • 1928

    The firm’s name was changed to The Gillette Publishing Co.

  • 1936

    H.P. Gillette steps down and his son E.S. Gillette becomes publisher

    E Scranton Gillette
  • 1936

    Professional Builder is founded

    Professional Builder Issue Cover
  • 1949

    Construction Equipment is founded

    Construction Equipment Magazine
  • 1953

    The firm’s name was changed to Scranton Gillette Publishing Co. and E.S. Gillette became president

  • 1959

    BD+C magazine founded by Cahners Publishing as the "magazine for the AEC team”

    Build Design+Construction
  • 1968

    Construction Equipment joined Cahners Publishing

  • 1972

    BD+C launches Giants 300 AEC firm rankings

  • 1978

    The company name was changed to its current form, Scranton Gillette Communications, and E.S. Gillette becomes Chairman of the Board and his son H.S. Gillette is appointed president

    Halbert S Gillette
  • 1990

    A fourth generation of the family becomes active in the firm when Edward S. Gillette, now CEO, joins Scranton Gillette Communications. He is the son of H.S. Gillette

  • 1995

    Water Quality Products is launched to serve the commercial and residential water markets

    Water Quality Products Cover
  • 1997

    ProRemodeler is founded

    ProRemodeler Magazine
  • 1998

    Reed Business Information purchases the residential and commercial building publications

  • 1999

    Professional Builder launches Show Village Exhibit at IBS

    Professional Builder Show Village IBS
  • 2003

    BD+C publishes first of nine white papers on the Green Building Movement

  • 2004

    Storm Water Solutions is launched

    Storm Water Solutions Cover
  • 2004

    Founder, Halbert Powers Gillette, named as one of the "Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Construction Professionals of the 20th Century" by the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF)

  • 2009

    Scranton Gillette Communications acquires the Lighting & Decor Group

  • 2010

    Scranton Gillette Companies launches SGC Horizon LLC, which focuses on the residential and commercial building and heavy construction markets

    SGC Horizon
  • 2011

    Scranton Gillette Communications’ Storm Water Solutions launched Virtual Expo. Today, it is known as the Spring and Fall Webinar Fest.

  • 2012

    BD+C launches BDC University

  • 2013

    SGC Horizon's Professional Remodeler launches Extreme Sales Summit Conference

    Extreme Sales Summit
  • 2013

    Scranton Gillette Communications launches Media Press Studios

  • 2013

    Scranton Gillette Companies launches MAX Unified Audience Database, a diverse media technology platform

  • 2015

    SGC Horizon's Professional Remodeler launches ProTradeCraft

  • 2015

    SGC Horizon launches Products

    Products Magazine
  • 2015

    SGC Horizon’s ProBuilder & ProRemodeler launches Women in Residential Construction

    Women in Residential Construction
  • 2015

    SGC Horizon's Professional Remodeler launches Model ReModel demonstration project

  • 2016

    SGC Horizon's Professional Remodeler becomes exclusive media sponsor for NAHB's The New American Remodel at IBS

  • 2016

    SGC Horizon's Professional Builder becomes exclusive media sponsor for NAHB's The New American Home at IBS

  • 2016

    SGC Horizon’s BD+C launches Women in Design+Construction

    Women in Design Construction
  • 2017

    SGC Horizon’s BD+C launches Accelerate AEC Innovation Conference

  • 2017

    Scranton Gillette Communications' Storm Water Solutions launches the SWS Conference & Exhibition

    SWS Conference and Exhibition
  • 2017

    SGC Horizon's Professional Remodeler launches Extreme Lead Gen Conference

    Extreme Lead Gen
  • 2017

    Scranton Gillette Communications launches Furniture, Lighting & Decor

    Furniture, Lighting & Decor Issue Cover
  • 2018

    SGC Horizon launches Multifamily Design+Construction

    Multifamily Construction
  • 2018

    Scranton Gillette Companies launches Nimble Thinkers, a full service marketing agency

    Nimble Thinkers