Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. originated in 1960 when two brothers-in-law began contracting subdivision work in the Little Rock, Arkansas. From Voyne Weaver and Joe Bailey's start, the family business has grown to become Arkansas's largest mainline concrete contractor. In 1967 the business incorporated so it could bid on projects being let by the Arkansas Highway Department. Fred Weaver joined the company in the early 1960's and was President of Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. until 1987. Shortly after their first attempt to bid state projects, the company diversified and bought their own concrete plant. Charles Weaver joined his brother and brother-in-law to manage the ready mix operation.
The company has progressively grown and expanded since its inception. They bought Arkansas' first slip form curb and gutter machine in 1971 and purchased their first slip form paving machine in the late 1970's. (This method, due to its vastly increased productivity, has all but eliminated hand formed curb and gutter. In addition, Charlie Weaver was instrumental in bringing slip form concrete pavement for residential areas to Arkansas in 1980.) Weaver Bailey Contractors, Inc. have been responsible for constructing volumes of streets and parking areas using this method. With the acquisition of L & S Ready Mix Company and Gilliam Brothers Ready Mix Company and the formation of WEBCO Inc., the Weaver family business has grown to include four companies.
Primary activities of the businesses were production and sales of ready concrete, everything involved in sub-division construction (earthwork, drainage, water and sewer, curb and gutter and concrete paving) parking lots, reinforced concrete box bridges and culverts and road and highway projects.
In 1986 Charles Weaver bought the family business. Charles Weaver continued to manage the ready mix operations and Don Weaver took over the reins of Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. After operating a ready mix business for 31 years, in 1998 Charles Weaver sold the ready mix businesses and entered new horizons becoming an aggregate producer. He opened a quarry on his ranch near El Paso, Arkansas. Webco Mining began production in 1999 and thousands of tons of quality crushed rock are now being furnished to Arkansas customers.
Charles Weaver remains President of the Weaver-Bailey Contractors Inc., and maintains an active role in the management. Don L. Weaver is Vice President and runs the day to day operations. Together, they have forty years of construction experience in all aspects of highway and concrete construction.
Charlie Weaver at the original batch plant location on Smokey Lane in North Little Rock in 1972.
Today Weaver-Bailey is is recognized as the largest main line concrete paver in Arkansas. The company employs' 100, and a sister company, Webco Mining, employs an additional 15. The 44 year old enterprise has been awarded the largest highway contract ever from the state highway department, a $57.9 million joint-venture with Jensen Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. We are licensed to work in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Charles T. Weaver
Associated General Contractors
2003 HALL of FAME Inductee
Charles T. Weaver was born in Vilonia Arkansas on November 6, 1934 to Cordie Tucker Weaver and Darrell Weaver. Charlie attended Vilonia Schools graduating in 1952. He later graduated from Paducah Jr. College and attended Southern Illinois University and Murry State University.
Upon graduating from high school, Charlie left Arkansas for Western Kentucky where he married and had three children: Douglas William, Donald Lee and Charla Sue. Charlie was employed with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a Chemist performing water and coal analysis. During the same period he served 12 years in the Army Reserve reaching the level of Sergeant. During the Berlin Crisis he was called up to active duty where he was stationed at Fort Gordon Georgia.
In 1967 Charlie along with his brothers, Voyne and Fred and brother in-law Joe Bailey bought Gants Motel in Conway, which was promptly renamed the Continental Motel. Charlie moved back to Arkansas to run the motel. It was during this period that he purchased an interest in Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. In 1969 the Weavers and Bailey bought into a small, not yet operating Redi-Mix operation named L & S Concrete. It was quickly decided that it would be in the best interest of the company if Charlie would go to work for L & S as a salesman/batch man. At this time L & S Concrete had one location and six concrete trucks. Charlie immediately began growing the business by adding new trucks, placing plants at centralized locations and increasing personnel.
In 1986, Charlie bought out the other three partners and assumed ownership of all three companies: L & S Concrete, Weaver-Bailey Contractors and Webco. Shortly after this acquisition, he purchased Gilliam Brothers Redi-Mix, which made him the largest producer in the Little Rock market, a position he would maintain for the next ten years.
It would be impossible to look around Arkansas and not see projects that Charlie either provided the concrete for or built. Some of the more notable projects are: the TCBY Tower, the Arkansas River Bridges on I-440 and I-4230, I-440, Little Rock and North Little Rock Airports and Entergy's Power Plants at Newark and Redfield.
Charlie currently lives on his farm in Faulkner County with his wife, Linda. He is a member of the Vilonia Planning Commission, the Arkansas Forestry Association, The Faulkner County Cattle Association, the Little Rock Executives Association and First Baptist Church in Vilonia. In addition to the active roles he plays in these organizations, Charlie persists to develop subdivisions in Little Rock, Jacksonville, Conway and Vilonia. He currently has the two leading subdivisions in Vilonia; Quail Hollow and Fox Run. He also had two land development companies Genco and Vilonia Land Company.
Charlie continues to provide unparalleled leadership in the construction industry and will be a continuing force in shaping the future of the concrete industry in Arkansas.
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