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Franklins Rock City celebrates 100 years


John Lee, president of Rock City Construction, holds the 1913 stock certificate which his grandfather issued when the 100-year old company was founded.



Firm holds oldest license in Tennessee
 
On a rainy evening in October roughly 200 guests gathered at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory.  The day marked the 100th anniversary of Franklin’s own Rock City Construction Co., the oldest licensed contractor in Tennessee.
 
More like a family reunion than a business gathering, the guests greeted one another warmly and shared memories, confirming that relationships are the company’s foundation. 
 
Even the location of the centennial celebration was a nod to longstanding relationships. Rock City offered its general contracting services to build Dyer Observatory in 1953 for the nominal fee of a silver dollar. 
 
Rock City, a family-owned company for three generations, was organized in 1913, and as such holds the oldest active license in the state— License No. 2. 
 
This commercial construction firm provides construction management and design-build services to public and private clients throughout the region for a range of sectors including government, education, commercial, religious and industrial.
 
Current president John Lee, who has been at the company’s helm since 1984, takes a pragmatic view of Rock City’s achievement. 
 
“This is a milestone that we and all our associates are very proud of achieving. However, the construction business is a lot like most businesses; you are as good as your last project. Therefore we strive to improve each day by building upon our long history.”
 
That history includes building such Middle Tennessee landmarks as the State Supreme Court Building, Municipal Auditorium, State Capitol, Scarritt College and Fisk University.  While the company has an impressive list of standout projects, Rock City firmly maintains a culture of excellence and integrity in building structures of all sizes. 
 
Recent projects include Percy Warner Park Mountain Bike Trails, United States Post Office upgrades and Harlinsdale’s equestrian barn stabilization work.
 
When asked about the future, Lee says, “Our plan is to keep doing what has made us successful for 100 years. We are committed to providing quality construction services on each project.”  
 

Posted on: 12/15/2013

 
 

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