In the wake of World War II, the oil industry was expanding rapidly. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Suliman set out on his own in the summer of 1947. With a personal loan secured on his home, he established General Contracting Company (GCC).
GCC's first customer was Bechtel, which was under contract to Aramco to manage the construction of the Trans-Arabian Pipe Line (Tapline), a mammoth project linking the oil wells in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province to a terminal in Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea. GCC handled essential trucking and supply services for the historic project. GCC’s reliability established Suliman's reputation as a dependable contractor who delivered high-quality work.
Photo: GCC operates Kenworth diesel trucks for hauling material and supplies to outlying areas, October 1955.