Serving Muskoka for 3 Generations
Josh McDermott & Sons Construction is a third-generation Muskoka business. Our roots go way back to 1937, when Josh McDermott, who was born and raised in Muskoka, started the company by stepping in wherever he found an opportunity. This included general maintenance, hauling, digging, and road building throughout Muskoka. Through hard work and determination, Josh’s business grew, and he was soon able to purchase bigger and stronger equipment and hire a crew.
Eventually, Josh’s sons, Steve and Pete, would join him in the business. By then it was truly a family affair: Josh’s wife, Ruby, cooked for and boarded some of their employees, and Steve and Pete’s wives, Annette and Peggy, formed the administrative arm of the business, working out of Peggy and Pete’s house. Josh, Steve, and Pete ran the business together for a long time, with Steve and Pete incorporating the company in 1978, and further establishing the name and reputation of Josh McDermott & Sons through their public sector work in water and sewer construction and repair and road reconstruction around Muskoka.