Post-War Economic Expansion

The United States solidified its position as the world’s most prosperous country in the post-war era. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded tenfold in the 1940s and 1950s. Housing became more affordable for returning service members, which fueled a real estate boom. At the same time, government and defense spending doubled as the Cold War began to escalate. Newly-established federal agencies such as the DOD, GSA, FAA, DOT, and NASA started administering large-scale government contracts.

Retired World War II Navy veteran Marion Caleb (M.C.) Dean seized the opportunity to support the region’s economic development, launching an electrical company out of his home in Alexandria, Virginia.


Expanding in the Digital Age

At the end of the 20th century, advancements in automation, electronics, computer networks, broadband services, and telecommunications created a more connected world. Increased focus on human impacts on the environment led to new federal legislation—the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Superfund Acts—spurring decades of national cleanup response and removal work for M.C. Dean.

We embarked on larger, more sophisticated projects to support healthier, safer, more secure public and private environments. The growing complexity of our work combined with timely investments in IT and telecommunications powered the company’s trajectory.

The 2000s

At the Forefront of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The dawn of the 21st century forever changed the trajectory of our world. The explosive growth of the internet spurred globalization, communications, and technological advancements at a level of complexity and speed previously unknown. In addition, the 9/11 attacks altered the security position of our nation and triggered massive infrastructure investments both at home and abroad.

Building on our preeminence in power, security, and information systems engineering in the 1990s, M.C. Dean emerged as a cyber-physical leader in this new era.