The development of our extensive construction capabilities has a long and storied history dating back to 1949 when brothers John and Bill Harbert, along with Ed Dixon, founded the original Harbert Construction Company. It was their foresight and love of construction that laid the strong foundation for our operations in the various construction markets in which we participate today. From those early days, the abiding trust these construction-pioneers placed in the skills and abilities of their employees has been passed on through the years creating the corporate culture we enjoy today. Our roots in the community are deep and we possess the capabilities to build anything, anytime and anywhere in the world.
At the core of our success is a decentralized decision-making and management operating philosophy. This has led to the formation of two distinct operating groups: the U.S. Group and the International Group.
The U.S. Group
From offices in Birmingham, Houston, Huntsville, Oxford, Nashville, Atlanta, Charleston, and Washington, D.C., our U.S. Group serves three discrete market sectors: Industrial, Federal, and Commercial. Focusing on these markets has enabled our team to develop specific skill sets to better serve the needs of our clients. Our experience across the Southeast U.S. has helped us develop strong long-term relationships with subcontractors and vendors in all of the geographical regions where we work. And while utilizing the local workforce is our priority, we can select from our extensive network of skilled subcontractors when local labor is limited.
The International Group
Our rich experience and self-perform model allow BL Harbert to provide our clients with secure, professional construction in every corner of the world. Since 2000, we have performed in excess of $5 billion worth of new construction in over 50 countries; all of the work built to U.S. specifications and standards. We have a proven track record of delivering first-class facilities in some of the most remote places on earth.
No matter where the jobsite is located, we make every effort to immerse ourselves in local cultures and contribute to the welfare of local communities. We also hire workers from the local workforce and, by training them and refining their abilities, provide them with a life skill they will be able to use long after we have gone. Our goal is to leave behind not only a world-class building but also a local population that has a new positive view of the United States.