Seventy–five years ago Charles L. Blalock began the business that would grow into the successful heavy construction group known as the Blalock Companies. Those early beginnings put him at the front of a boom that would create an organization involved in all areas of construction and bring his community unequalled growth and prosperity.
Founded in 1935, Blalock Lumber Company became the foundation for the Blalock Companies. Charlie founded the company with a portable sawmill and quickly expanded to include a permanent mill in Sevierville. Over the next several years, Charlie and his wife Blanche continued to expand their business, bringing several family members into their operations.
In 1950, Charlie built his first concrete plant that would later become Blalock Ready Mix. The plant, which is still in operation today, was constructed on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville. Blanche took over the operation as plant manager and dispatcher.
In 1963, Charlie joined his sons in forming Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc., a new venture dedicated to road construction. Charlie, Bryan, and Sid managed this young company, with Jim joining them upon his graduation from the University of Tennessee. In the mid-1970’s, Charlie decided to turn over the daily operations of the companies to his sons. By this time, Charles Blalock & Sons had expanded to include an asphalt division, concrete structures division, and a utilities division. Blalock Lumber Company was selling ready-mix concrete and concrete block, and Blalock Hardware sold other building materials and hardware to area contractors.
Today the companies that Charles Blalock began are still going strong, employing over 700 people. Our operations divisions include highway and bridge construction, site excavation and utilities, asphalt paving and production, ready mix concrete production, concrete and precast construction, equipment rentals, and building material sales. We are qualified for state and federal Department of Transportation work and have completed numerous large transportation projects throughout the Southeast, including SmartFix 40, the largest highway contract ever awarded in Tennessee. In addition, we are a leader in commercial and residential site preparations, providing services ranging from initial clearing and grading to final paving.
The story of the Blalock Companies is a true American success story. One man’s vision of what could be brought to fruition by hard work is today a thriving enterprise that has helped shape the progress of an entire region. Blalock Companies is moving forward with Charlie’s commitment to providing a broad range of world-class services and products for the construction industry.