History

 

Crowder started with a humble concrete sidewalk.

In 1947, after serving their country as members of the military during World War II, brothers Otis P. (O.P.) and William T. (W.T.) Crowder agreed to complete a sidewalk project for Plaza Presbyterian Church for the sum of $125. They accomplished this first project with simple equipment: a wheelbarrow, a level, two picks, three shovels and a used pickup truck with over 100,000 miles on the odometer.

More important than the physical construction equipment, the brothers brought with them an attitude that would serve them well throughout their careers. Their belief was "We will do a good job; we will give the customer their money's worth; we will be honest; and we will pay the bills and will relate to the employees with respect."

Throughout each decade of Crowder Construction's proud history, the company has consistently worked to achieve greater heights:

 

  • The 1950s were a period of rapid growth for Crowder and we quickly expanded throughout North Carolina and into South Carolina. The first major South Carolina project was the Greer Dam built on the South Tyger River. We also built our first water and wastewater treatment plant at Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.
  • During the 1960s, Crowder continued to build water and waste treatment plants as well as bridges across the Carolinas. At every project we demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence, earning the respect of employees, clients, and vendors who worked for and with us.
  • During the 1970s, Crowder became known as a full-service general contractor throughout the Carolinas and Virginia and our work on water and wastewater treatments plants grew considerably. We managed turnkey bridge and highway projects, which included bridges on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and the Maury River Twin Delta Bridges in Virginia; while subbing out the smaller portions of the projects to trusted subcontractors.
  • Crowder experienced great growth during the 1980s. We entered into a joint venture with Republic Contracting to perform on the Richard B. Russell Dam, building the Powerhouse and Visitor's Center – the largest project in Crowder’s history.
  • By the 1990s, Crowder's expansion throughout the southeastern United States created the need for more a serious investment in the technological infrastructure of the company. Offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Spartanburg were linked by an IT network to provide greater communication and speed on projects. This allowed for the exchange of engineering plans and digital files between offices and project sites.
  • Crowder has continued to expand and experience growth in the 2000s. Regional offices in Georgia and Virginia were established and the first project over $100 million completed, opening up many opportunities in the energy market.

 

Throughout our history, we have approached all of our projects, no matter the size, with the same spirit of our founders. Guided by our mission statement, "We are dedicated to superior performance and committed to making a positive difference for our clients, our community, and in the lives of our employees," we proudly carry on the tradition of O.P. and W.T. Crowder.


 

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