On May 1, 1960, Dayton Molzen, who at the time worked for Wilson & Company, loads up his Chevy and drives from Salina, Kansas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico to start his own company – D.F. Molzen & Associates. He has a transit that Mr. Wilson lent him…and with that, the company is off and running. Dayton’s first order of business is to rent office space at 229B San Pedro (across from Expo New Mexico).
Dayton hires his first technical employee, Chuck Spinello, on April 18, 1961. (Chuck is still a member of Molzen Corbin’s technical staff today!) In addition, D.F. Molzen & Associates begins working with the communities of Belen, Bernalillo, and Los Lunas.
Al Corbin, along with an additional eight employees, joins Dayton as the company continues to grow. The office is moved to 1109 Chama NE. D.F. Molzen & Associates starts working on projects at Kirtland Air Force Base, as well as the Albuquerque International Airport and airports across the state.
D.F. Molzen wins a 1967 Engineering Excellence Award for the design of the Los Alamos White Rock Sewage Disposal Plant, and the winning design is displayed at the Smithsonian Institute.
Al Corbin becomes Dayton’s partner on a handshake, and they change the company name to Molzen-Corbin & Associates (Molzen Corbin). With the new partnership, comes a company vision statement, “Do the very best engineering we can do, have fun, and hopefully make a little profit.” The new partners move the office to 2127 Menaul Boulevard.
Now working across the state, Dayton’s Ford Fairlane becomes the de facto company car. However, that is short-lived as the company purchases a company airplane, a Cessna 310. Both Dayton and Al are licensed pilots: Dayton from WWII while Al learns to fly in the company plane.
After completing his master’s in environmental engineering, a young engineer and future owner, Adelmo “Del” Archuleta, joins the Molzen Corbin team.
Molzen Corbin adds an in-house Electrical Engineering Division to support its customers and add to its growing range of capabilities. The company moves its growing team to 2301 Yale Boulevard SE, and Del Archuleta and Dr. Ralph Clark become majority stockholders.
Continuing its growth into Southern and Southeastern New Mexico, the company opens a Las Cruces Branch Office, as well as a Carlsbad Branch. Adding to its list of award-winning projects, the Molzen Corbin-designed City of Las Cruces Wastewater Treatment Facility is awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies “Grand Conceptor Award” acknowledging the outstanding design of the facility.
The company unveils its new corporate headquarters in its current location at 2701 Miles Road SE, Albuquerque, NM. In addition, Molzen Corbin continues to add to its in-house capabilities by integrating an Architectural Division. The company also begins working with both New Mexico National Laboratories: Sandia and Los Alamos.
Molzen Corbin continues to expand with more than 100 employees and adds to its growing list of successful projects. Among these projects are numerous Molzen Corbin-designed roadways, including the Eubank/Lomas Intersection in Albuquerque, I-25 Rehabilitation for NMDOT, and U.S. 66 Renovation for Gallup.
Molzen Corbin is named Minority Supplier of the Year Award by both Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Rio Grande Minority Purchasing Council.
Molzen Corbin is awarded the Small Business Association’s 1996 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year award for Region VI (encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and NM), as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 1996 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year.
Molzen Corbin completes the Sunport Boulevard and I-25 Bridge Project providing an iconic gateway to the Albuquerque International Sunport and direct access to the airport from I-25 with a diamond interchange.
Al Corbin receives lifetime achievement award from New Mexico Airport Manager’s Association.
Construction Completed on Los Lunas Wastewater Treatment Plant, Winning ACEC 2011 Engineering Excellence Award
Construction is completed on the new state-of-the-art Village of Los Lunas Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Molzen Corbin-designed project is awarded the 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards by both the New Mexico Chapter and the National Organization of the ACEC.
Molzen Corbin receives the 2012 ACEC Grand Conceptor Award for the renovation of the historic University of New Mexico Arena – the PIT.
Dayton receives lifetime achievement award from New Mexico Airport Manager’s Association.
Construction Completed on Diverging Diamond Interchange, Wins New Mexico ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
Molzen Corbin’s innovation and creative engineering is exhibited as construction is completed on the State of New Mexico’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The project is awarded a 2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award.
Del, CEO and Owner, Announces Retirement, Molzen Corbin Transitions to a 100% employee-owned company
Del, CEO and Owner, announces his retirement, as well as the transition of Molzen Corbin to a 100% employee-owned company. Kevin Eades is named new CEO, and Jerry Paz is named COO.