Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Tighe & Bond Publishes Centennial Book On Firm's History and People, Documenting A Century of Serving New England

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Tighe & Bond recently published Engineering a Century of Progress, The Evolution of Tighe & Bond.  The book brings to life the firm’s rich history, people and a century of dedication to providing civil engineering and environmental consulting services to public and private clients throughout the Northeast.  The firm intends to distribute these commemorative books to key clients, employees and local historical associations.

Headquartered in Westfield, Tighe & Bond is a household name for many municipalities, as well as numerous other public and private organizations throughout New England.  The firm has worked on numerous high profile projects – including drinking water supplies, wastewater systems, and roadways that the public uses on a daily basis.  Tighe & Bond has also provided services to many New England universities, schools, hospitals, industries, electric utilities, and private developers.

James Tighe, an Irish immigrant, began working as an engineer for the Holyoke Water Department in 1892, later becoming the city engineer.  In 1911, after his service with the city, Tighe established his own private engineering practice in the Caledonian building on High Street in downtown Holyoke.  In 1926, Tighe formed a partnership with Philip Bond, who added expertise in municipal engineering.  After weathering the Great Depression, Tighe & Bond began expanding its workforce.  Today, Tighe & Bond has more than 200 employees in six offices that span three states: Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

 Other Centennial Celebration Events

As part of Tighe & Bond’s 100th anniversary celebration, the firm also established The Centennial Project to identify two worthy projects for non-profit agencies in need of Tighe & Bond’s services.  This past October, Tighe & Bond awarded $100,000 of pro bono engineering and environmental services to two non-profit organizations.  The dollar amount of the services – which will be split between the Boys & Girls’ Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. and the Big Pond Preservation Association/Horizons, Inc. of Connecticut – is earmarked to support a specific noteworthy project for each group.

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