Evans Construction and Grading Co. has been serving heavy industrial client needs across Northwest Georgia since Donald Evans founded the company back in 1978.
It’s become what is tantamount to a full-service civil engineering giant, doing everything from grading and foundation work to steel-erection and high-pressure piping systems.
The company has considerable expertise with both the power-generation and paper-making industries, a couple of naturals given the importance of both industries to the immediate Rome area.
Today, Evans Construction is based out of two offices, at 4045 Rockmart Highway in Silver Creek and 3225 Alabama Highway between Rome and Coosa.
And it all started with Donald Evans’ junkyard scrap business.
In 1976, Georgia Kraft in Coosa asked Evans if they could borrow a front-end loader — a piece of equipment with a set of forks on it that Evans used to move automobiles.
“They had one just like it, but theirs broke down. We’re still working there at the paper mill,” said Kevin Evans, the company president and son of founders and owners Donald and Linda Evans.
After loaning Georgia Kraft his loader, Donald Evans started doing a variety of jobs at the paper mill.
“(It was) small work — pouring concrete, designing concrete pads, foundations — then we got into some steel work and even bigger work,” Kevin Evans said.
In 1985, the company got a job building the ash pond for Georgia Power Co.’s Plant Hammond in Coosa.