Commerce, community and infrastructure – three words intertwined in the lives of everyone you know are the three words, that 50 years ago, charted the course for a small Middlesboro company.
Think about the following questions for a moment.
When you get up in the morning, do you think about the water you use to take a shower and brush your teeth?
Do you give any thought to where water goes after flushing the porcelain throne?
When it rains or snows, do you ponder how the storm water gets from the puddled roadway back to the flowing waterway?
On your daily commute, trip to run an errand, or journey on a family vacation, do you think about how the paved paths and bridges you travel came into existence?
For Vaughn & Melton, these questions are constantly at the forefront of any day. Why? Because it is what they are passionate about doing. They make sure people across the Southeast can work, live, and play by designing the things one may take for granted – structural foundations, roadways, bridges, sidewalks, water and wastewater systems and treatment facilities, storm water systems, and more.
According to Becky Rehorn, corporate director of marketing, “These seemingly mundane modern human necessities are why Vaughn & Melton exists – to help keep the flow of commerce and community – and football – moving forward for your family, your hometown, your state, your region.”
Vaughn & Melton CEO, Randy Scott, said this year marks the achievement of a major milestone. “On Feb. 20, 1967, what started as a small, two-person firm in Middlesboro, Kentucky, is now a thriving organization with more than 230 employees in 15 offices across five Southeastern states,” he said. “Since our inception, we have assisted more than one hundred state, municipal, and county governments in achieving goals for infrastructure enhancements, and is something I am proud to convey and to represent.”
“Vaughn & Melton’s success stems from our mission to provide a high quality of service, develop long-term relationships, adapt to the changing needs of our clients and the industry and meet or exceed expectations, while providing positive contributions to our employees, their families and to the communities where we do business”, Scott stated.
David Harrell, regional vice president for Vaughn & Melton states, “We are honored to be a part of something that helps people in the communities we serve.”
Harrell continues, “Reflecting back on our growth, 1998 was a particularly good year. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, 1998 was the year the Volunteers won both the NCAA National Football and Women’s Basketball Championships and it was the year Vaughn & Melton entered into the Knoxville market.”
One of the most memorable projects for Vaughn & Melton should be familiar to any Knoxville resident or University of Tennessee fan. It is the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project, and it is scheduled to be completed in August 2017. Vaughn & Melton will have achieved another major milestone with the completion of a project that began as a conversation in the late 1980’s.
“Cumberland Avenue – ‘the strip’ – is the icon of student life and game day for my alma mater. It will be a very good day to see the completion of a project that has been on the table for many years”, Harrell stated. “It is a legacy project for Vaughn & Melton, and one day when my own children look back, I hope they can say ‘well done, Dad.’ It is this type of feedback I am looking forward to for the future of our company.”