In 1954, Gaston and Chester Williams started Williams Ditching to provide ditching and excavation services for the construction industry in Amarillo, Texas. Since that time, Williams Ditching has been, and continues to be, a primary source of ditching and excavation services in the Panhandle of Texas.
In 1988, Gaston's son, Perry, purchased Williams Ditching from Gaston and Chester and formed a new corporation named Perry Williams, Inc.(PWI), in order to expand the scope of work that the company performed to include underground and above ground fuel storage tank removal and installation. Between 1988 and 1999, PWI completed over $ 25 million in contracts for various agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, National Park Service, Oklahoma Air National Guard and many other public and private entities. During this time period, projects were completed in the states of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Washington, Montana, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska, New Mexico and California. The scope of work included underground and aboveground fuel storage tank installation and removal, hydrant fuel system installation, commercial building construction. An affiliated company even operated a mine in Nevada for approximately three years.
In 1999, PWI decided to concentrate its efforts primarily within a 100 mile radius of the city of Amarillo. Since that time, PWI and its affiliated companies have developed and built two major subdivisions, built over 200 private residences, developed and built an industrial airpark, and designed, built and own and operate, three storage complexes and a 240 unit apartment complex. The industrial airpark includes the airport property, Fixed Base Operator, and Aircraft Maintenance Shop which are all owned and operated by PWI affiliated companies. Six of the office building/hangar units were designed and built by PWI. Each building includes a large(100'x100') aircraft hangar with an attached office building on the front side.
In 2008, PWI decided to, once again, focus its efforts in the competitive bidding environment and pursue both public and private work in the general contracting and site development areas. During the last two years, PWI has completed over $10 million worth of contracts for various entities included the Plemons-Stinnett School District, Happy State Bank, City of Amarillo, Habitat for Humanity, Toot N Totum Food Stores, Northwest Texas Hospital and several general contractors that have used Williams Ditching to complete sitework and utilities projects.