In 1944 Rodney M. Lockwood, Sr. founded Lockwood Construction. An acknowledged “pioneer of the modern housing industry.” Mr. Lockwood, Sr. was nontraditional in thought and never satisfied with the status quo- unique characteristics that still play an essential role at Lockwood Construction in the present. Innovation that Mr. Lockwood, Sr. brought to the local housing industry, such as the furnished model home, are still in widespread use today, many years after their introduction.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Mr. Lockwood was called upon by two U.S. presidents, Truman and Eisenhower, to serve on government task forces which were aimed at solving the housing needs of the postwar nation. In 1949, Mr. Lockwood, Sr. was named president of the National Association of Home Builders. Later he served as a national director of the non-profit Urban Land Institute and was one of the original inductees to the National Housing Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.