FOUR GENERATIONS OF QUALITY PAVING

Founded by John Bigane in 1907, Bigane Paving had its beginnings on the southwest side of Chicago as a retail coal delivery company known as Broderick and Bigane. In 1913 the name was changed to John Bigane and sons as second generation John E. and his brother Joe became part of the family business. The two sons built a modern coal yard with concrete silos for storage in the Brighton Park neighborhood, and when their sons, Jack and Bill and Joe returned from WWII, retail oil was added to the product mix.  A fourth Bigane brother, Ed joined the company after his service in Korea and asphalt was added as a way to even out the seasonality of the fuel delivery business.

As the market changed and fuel prices rose in the early 70’s, asphalt became the primary service for the company, now known as Bigane Paving Company. In the early days, Bigane’s customers were general contractors and local municipalities, park districts and school districts. As the company grew so did its customer base. Anne Bigane Wilson joined Bigane Paving in 1985. After her father’s sudden death in 1987, Anne took over the business as the fourth generation to lead Bigane Paving Co.

BIGANE STAFF

Anne Bigane Wilson, PE, CPC

President/CEO

A graduate of Purdue University, Anne has been with Bigane for over 25 years. She started her career as an Engineer-Estimator, coordinating jobs in both the public and private sectors. Since becoming President in 1987, Anne has applied her skills to directing the estimating, project management and construction departments at Bigane. Anne is a past recipient of the Purdue University Civil Engineering Alumni Award, and American Institute of Constructor's Walter Nashert Sr. Constructor Award. She is also involved with community and industry activities serving the Purdue Construction Engineering & Management Advisory Council.

John P. Gross, PE

Senior Project Manager

John has been the Senior Project Manager at Bigane for over 10 years. Prior to coming to Bigane, John worked as a Field Technician and Project Manager. At the same time, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology where he graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. John has extensive experience in the private and public sectors managing projects within a wide range of budget constraints. Throughout his career John's appetite for learning has never diminished. He has participated in a number of continuing education programs that have included, Project Management Training, Materials Management for Resident Engineers, a Mixture Aggregate Technician Course, and Pavement Construction Inspection.

James M. Dillon

General Superintendent

JIm has been in the asphalt profession for over 40 years, the last 20 of which he's been sharing his vast knowledge base with Bigane as the General Superintendent. Right after graduating from Western Illinois, Jim entered the asphalt profession where he worked as a General Contractor, Prime Contractor, and Subcontractor on municipal projects for the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, the Cook County Forest Preserve District and the Public Building Commission. At Bigane, Jim coordinates all field operations, in the public and private sectors, working closely with Project Superintendents and Foremen.

James T. Demos, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Jim has been the Controller at Bigane for the last five years and has over 15 years of construction industry financial experience. Jim graduated from Depaul University and soon after passed the CPA exam. Besides being responsible for overall management of financial information, Jim is also a safety manager at Bigane. He's developed and monitored a series of "Toolbox Talks" as well as handling claims management.

James F. Wilson, CPC

Retired Chief Estimator

Since graduating from Purdue with a BS in Civil Engineering, Jim has enjoyed a 40+ year career working as either a Project Engineer or as an Engineer-Estimator on heavy construction and road reconstruction in both the private and public sectors. Jim retired in 2013 after a 20 year career with Bigane

Ron Gerretse

Project Superintendent

Too busy to stop for a photo, Ron has been working hard at Bigane since 2000, drawing on his 25 years of experience and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois. After graduating from college, Ron worked briefly as a Project Engineer, but the lion's share of his career has been as a Superintendent in the construction and paving industry. Ron's duties at Bigane include coordination of project schedules with subcontractors and suppliers; working with Resident Engineers; and assisting Project Managers regarding all field orders and changes in conditions.

Jim Harrell

Project Superintendent

Jim has been in the construction industry for over 30 years, nearly half of that time in the asphalt paving business. He brings his management experience to the job every day. Working for Bigane Paving Co. since 2004, his focus is handling projects regardless of size, safely and on budget. Jim handles the South Street and Parkway Project where he oversees all concrete pours, milling, and paving. Other responsibilities include working with resident engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on various south side projects.

John Bosco

Project Superintendent

John has been employed by Bigane from 2004 and has been a Project superintendent since 2006. He has 25 years of experience in all phases of road building, site development and asphalt paving both public and private. He is a graduate of North Central College and is IDOT PCC level 1 certified.