About Us

At Mike Hooks, we are dedicated to stimulating economic growth through our sustainable dredging practices.  We are dedicated to meeting the highest standards of operations that are tailored to fit your project needs.  We strive to strengthen our waterways by practicing safe, effective, and responsible dredging and environmental remediation services along the Gulf Coast and beyond. 

Mike Hooks' History


Our family owned and operated business was founded in 1945. Since the very beginning, Mike Hooks has provided dredging services on a variety of private and public marine construction contracts along the Gulf Coast.


In 1955, the company moved to the current location and was officially incorporated in 1957. The 10-acre yard is conveniently positioned off the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Westlake, LA. With access to the Calcasieu River and Intracoastal Waterway, Hooks’ fleet of dredges can quickly mobilize to any point along the Gulf Coast.


From our humble beginnings through today, the company’s fleet of hydraulic cutterhead dredges continues to provide services throughout the Gulf Coast including navigable waterway maintenance, wetland restoration, beach nourishment, harbor excavation, and new construction.



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Mike McMahon


​​​Mike McMahon is responsible for providing management support for all divisions of our company including project management, construction operations, contracting, human resources, and administrative personnel. 

Ashley Kerns

Vice President

Ashley Kerns is resposible for the oversight of our internal operations. Her skills and leadership help to build strong customer relationships, maximize our company’s operating performance, and develop our policies and procedures. Ashley works diligently with our President and Board of Directors to ensure that our company’s overall mission, values, and strategic goals are being implemented accordingly. 

Arthur Sonnier

Operations Manager

Arthur Sonnier is responsible for managing our logistics and operations and serves as a primary point of contact for our shipyard and purchasing departments. He provides oversight for our project-related activities including the planning and procurement of material and resources. Mr. Sonnier serves as a mentor for our team members while also finding ways to increase quality throughout the workplace.

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