Company Timeline

1949 – Harbert Construction Company begins.

1949 – Awarded first big job: a $67,000 water distribution center in Demopolis, Ala.

1951 – Awarded natural gas project in Butler, Ala.

1957 – Awarded first international project: a sewer/water line job in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Harbert moves into the coal-energy market.

1960 – Awarded first multi-million dollar road contract. Contract with DeKalb County, Alabama for $3.4M to construct a portion of 1-59.
1967 – Red Mountain Expressway project begins in Birmingham, Ala.

1969 – Constructed a 435 miles long pipeline from Guayaquil to Quito, Ecuador that included seven pumping stations.

1973 – Established the Harbert Cleanup Crew to pick up litter along Birmingham, Ala.roadways.

1975 – First major project in Middle East: a JV water system and desalination plant for Abu Dhabi.

1976 – Harbert Construction Corp. moves to new headquarters office on Hope Mountain in Riverchase.

1979 – Bill Harbert becomes COO of Harbert Construction Corp.; Jim Rein joins the company.

1981 – Restructure of Harbert Construction Corp into Harbert Corp., as parent company.

1984 – Construction of Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala.

1986 – Jim Rein becomes VP, Commercial Construction Group.

1989 – Second Embassy Project is awarded to Harbert, in Pretoria, South Africa and our embassy work takes off!

1990 – Changing of the Guards: Raymond Harbert is named CEO of Harbert Corporation.

1991 – Bill Harbert completes purchase of International Establishment from Harbert Corp.

1992 – Jim Rein forms U.S. Operations Group of Bill Harbert International Construction, Inc.

1994 – Harbert awarded project to convert former Soviet Union weapons factory into modular housing in Ukraine.

1994 – Waste Water Treatment Plant group is formed in Atlanta.

2000 – BL Harbert International, LLC is formed.

2003 – 2003 Bill Harbert celebrates his 80th birthday and also receives the Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by the American Subcontractors’ Association of Alabama.

2005 – University of Alabama North End Zone project is awarded.

2006 – Completes first design-build embassy project.

2010 – Bill L. Harbert passes away.

2012 – New International Headquarters opens & BLHI is awarded the new London embassy project.

2013 –  BLHI awarded the construction of the Mercedes-Benz Logistics Center in Vance, Ala.

2014 – Huntsville, Ala. and Houston offices are opened.

2014 – Awarded US Embassy in Jordan.

2014 – Completes NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

2015 – Breaks ground on first project in Nashville, Tenn.

2015 – Washington, D.C. office opened.

2016 – Johnny Garlington named new president of U.S. Group.