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Charlie Blalock

More than 80 years ago, Charles L. Blalock built the business that would grow into Blalock Companies. In 1935, Charlie founded Blalock Lumber Company with a portable sawmill. Over the next several years, Charlie and his wife Blanche continued to develop their business with help from family and friends, expanding to include a permanent sawmill and hardware store near downtown Sevierville.

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 near Blalock Hardware in Sevierville. While Blanche took over the operation as plant manager and dispatcher, Charlie set his sights on a new venture.

In 1963, Charlie joined his sons in forming Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc., a new company dedicated to road construction. Charlie, along with sons Bryan, Sid, and Jim, continued to expand their business throughout the 1970s and 1980s, adding new services and products to their portfolio. By the time Charlie turned over daily operations to his sons, 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 Charlie began are still going strong, employing more than 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. Collectively, these various businesses and entities are known as the Blalock Companies.

Charlie passed away in August of 2009, but his legacy continues to grow. Operating under the same principles and work ethic that Charlie instilled in his children and grandchildren, the Blalock family strives to provide quality products and services safely and efficiently to all of our customers.

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