Moretrench, headquartered in Rockaway, New Jersey, is a full-service geotechnical contractor specializing in design/build and turnkey solutions for challenging construction requirements and subsurface conditions. The company’s wide range of services includes construction dewatering and groundwater control; ground/water treatment; mass and peripheral ground freezing; grouting systems; cut-off and containment systems; earth retention and excavation support systems; underpinning and foundation support; deep foundations; landfill gas and leachate systems; and specialized civil and mechanical construction. These services are available nationwide through full service offices in New Jersey, NY, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., TX, IA and Wisconsin. Moretrench is a USGBC (United States Green Building Council) member which oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the USGBC to provide standards.

Company details

100 Stickle Avenue , Rockaway , New Jersey 07866 USA
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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:


Mission Statement

Moretrench will be an organization of contracting professionals generating fair returns by providing unique and specialized geotechnical, civil, mechanical and environmental solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

Moretrench will be the employer chosen by individuals seeking a challenging career and responsive management. The company is committed to providing a safe working environment along with training and educational opportunities.

All contributors to the success of the company will be rewarded as a result of consistently meeting our goals.


Moretrench has been a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company since 1999. This milestone completed the gradual transition from a closely held family-owned business to an employee-controlled enterprise that then President Edward Moore, son of the company founder, had initially envisaged in the 1960s. In 1999, via a purchase agreement, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Trust became the majority stockholder in Moretrench American Corporation.

An ESOP company is different from traditional types of corporate ownership in that it is owned in whole or in part by its employees through its ESOP Trust, and each employee shares in the profits and success of the company.

Employee owners experience greater job satisfaction and perform better because they have a true stake in the company’s future.

Annual contributions are determined by company performance and made to eligible employee accounts. These contributions are normally based on a percentage of wages: employees are generally eligible for participation after 1,000 hours of credited service during the initial full policy year of employment.

Membership in an ESOP allows companies to entirely fund a retirement savings plan for their employees over and above any 401K plan that may also be available. And, as research has shown, employee ownership often brings with it increased dedication and work effort that translates to bottom line improvements.


Moretrench was officially incorporated in 1931. However, founder Thomas Moore first set up in business in Buffalo, NY as a sewer contractor in the mid-1880s, going on to invent and patent his first trench excavator in 1891 and later relocating to Syracuse, NY where he incorporated his business as the Moore Trench Machine Company to manufacture and lease his proprietary machines. Moore relocated his business once again, moving to Rockaway, NJ, where he opened his doors for business in 1918. In 1925, Moore leased a machine to a sewer contractor in Hackensack, NJ. When the contractor became bogged down in quicksand, and was in danger of defaulting on the contract, Moore, ever the inventor, took the initiative. He assumed the contract and designed, built and installed the first practical wellpoint dewatering system in the U.S. to stabilize the quicksand. This marked the beginning of what was to rapidly become a thriving addition to his core business.

Building on his initial success, Moore continued to develop and improve his wellpoint system, finding a growing local market. By 1931, demand for his dewatering service was so great that he decided to make this his sole focus, incorporating as Moretrench Corporation. As industry acceptance grew, so did Moretrench. Some ten years later, Moore established a separate company, American Dewatering Corporation, to subcontract the entire turnkey operation. By 1944, Moretrench wellpoint systems had been used on 18 major subway projects in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. After three decades of successful operation, Moretrench Corporation and American Dewatering merged in 1972 into Moretrench American Corporation.

During the mid-1970s, new mass transit systems were under construction across the country. Moretrench worked coast to coast, dewatering station excavations as well as running tunnels in Washington D.C., Boston, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York and San Francisco. At the same time, alert to current industry needs the company began to pursue ground freezing opportunities, and subsequently also added groundwater treatment and a wide range of geotechnical services to its growing list of services.

The late 1990s saw the beginning of a natural progression into another related area of work when Moretrench began to pursue contracting opportunities in the underpinning, excavation support and soil stabilization markets. Along the way, the company added micropiles, soil nailing, tieback and tiedown anchorage systems, and deep foundations as well as a full range of grouting systems to its repertoire. These additions have established Moretrench as a respected full-service geotechnical contractor, with arguably the widest range of technologies in its toolbox and the capability of undertaking design/build turnkey solutions to complex problems.

Following in Thomas Moore’s tradition of innovation, Moretrench’s path since 1931 has been punctuated by a number of significant company milestones. Construction of Lock & Dam 26, just above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers near St. Louis, involved what was by any measure the most ambitious dewatering project ever to be accomplished in the United States. More recently, mass ground freezing aided jacking of three box tunnels for Boston’s Big Dig. And responding to a request for emergency assistance, Moretrench returned to the World Trade Center in 2001 (after dewatering the site for foundation excavation in 1968) and lowered the water level outside the damaged foundation to help stabilize the slurry walls as debris removal progressed. Since that time, Moretrench has completed numerous projects related to the ongoing redevelopment and revitalization of Lower Manhattan.

Elsewhere in the country, the company has continued to grow, opening regional offices to cater to the increasing demand for its services.

Moretrench has certainly changed over the years, but the cornerstone of the company’s success -commitment to quality and service – remains the same.


At Moretrench, our people are our most important asset. Providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, as well as for subcontractors and visitors to our premises or field operations, is our first priority.

The company administers a comprehensive health and safety education and training program managed and coordinated by a designated in-house Safety Officer. And our workforce, from the company President to the newest junior staffer, is committed to putting that education and training into practice in the field, in the shop, and in the office.


  • OSHA 30-hour Health & Safety
  • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER
  • OSHA 8-hour annual HAZWOPER refresher
  • OSHA 10-hour Occupational Safety & Health
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Confined space entry
  • Trench excavation safety
  • Hazard awareness
  • Hazard communication
  • Respiratory protection
  • Fall protection
  • Heavy equipment operation

Company-wide safety meetings are conducted quarterly.