Military service during World War II brought the founding principals of Morley Building Company to Southern California for the first time. Morley Benjamin returned in 1947 to build a few single family homes in Pacoima, then larger tracts in Lakewood and Whittier. A year later, he was joined by Sherman "Tex" Given and they remained partners for 33 years.
During the 1950s, the re-named Morley Construction Company moved into competitively bid public work, completing schools and civic buildings throughout the region. In the '60s and '70s, construction for private clients predominated and was often based on negotiated contracts with repeat customers. The company built commercial buildings, recording and television studios, and thousands of apartment units.
Bert Lewitt joined the organization as a project manager in 1970 and Morley's son, Mark Benjamin, started as an apprentice carpenter shortly thereafter. The salaried staff grew as did the numbers of trade workers in the field. Tex Given retired in 1980, which began the transition to a new generation of leadership.
The 1980s were a decade of growth and change. The salaried staff continued to expand as middle managers and college graduates joined the company. An employee ownership plan was created to give staff a stake in the company's progress. In 1984, Benchmark Contractors, Inc. was formed as an open-shop contractor to meet the needs of a growing residential market. At the same time, a holding company now known as Morley Builders, was formed to help market our services.
Since that time, we have continued to experience growth in both human and financial resources. Our management team provides leadership and inspires creative solutions for which Morley’s staff is known. We are pleased to be headquartered in Southern California. The region is a focal point for entrepreneurial leaders while serving as an economic engine for the world.