Auburn, AL, March 2014 – Since 1979, Bailey-Harris Construction Company has built its reputation as one of the most respected industrial and commercial contracting firms servicing the Deep South. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Bailey-Harris acknowledges that a firm foundation of integrity, wisdom, hard work and customer satisfaction continues to support the growth of the company and its capabilities today.
Over the past 35 years, Bailey-Harris has experienced much success in the commercial and industrial construction markets in and around Auburn and Montgomery. Customer service and continued persistence on the success of each project have allowed the firm to escalate its capabilities from the first project of $214,000 to a recent project of $100,000,000. The growth of repeat business is founded in the insistence of company leadership to be responsible, responsive and a trusted member of the construction community. “The most important thing we build is our name in the community.” is the maxim that Allen Harris, CEO and Founder, penned many years ago, highlighting the importance of quality work.
As the company looks forward, Bailey-Harris’ vision for the future is to duplicate its success in other municipalities throughout Alabama and the surrounding states. The company plans to execute that vision with an aggressive marketing strategy and the dedication of key team members.
Allen Harris has been grooming his son, Russell, and their other business partner, Travis Gamble, to be poised for success when he secedes from the business. Travis and Russell both started out after college as Assistant Superintendents and worked their way up through the ranks, each getting a good dose of the construction industry along the way. “I have been involved with the construction industry my whole life; it’s the only way I know”, says Russell. “I am looking forward to continuing the success and relationships into the next 35 years.”
In addition to being Principals of the company, Russell is a Project Manager and serves on the Business Development team, while Travis is currently a Senior Superintendent and Interim Safety/Environmental Director. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn our industry under Allen over the past 12 years, and am excited to be in a position to help lead the company into the future”, states Travis.
The future for Bailey-Harris also includes plans to construct a new corporate office building on the East University frontage of its current property in Auburn, beginning in 2016. The new office is an integral part of the company’s vision for growth.
A 35th anniversary celebration was held the afternoon of Friday, March 14th, on the property of the Bailey-Harris office. The 200+ attendees included company employees, families, friends, clients and partners. Guests enjoyed a fish fry catered by Huckleberry’s BBQ and live music by singer/song-writer Kevin Flannagan. Allen Harris commented, “It is always great to be able to get together with the Bailey-Harris family, as well as the people and organizations that have contributed to our success over the years.”