Our Story
  1. Nearly 100 Years of Customer-Centered Building Solutions

    Use the mouse or arrow keys to navigate through notable moments in Austin’s history.
  2. Austin’s Beginning

    Austin first became known in the Texas bridge building field when George Austin came to Dallas in 1889 as an agent for the George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. His brother Frank joined in 1894, and together they formed Austin brothers.

  3. Continuing to Grow

    In 1918, Charles Moore purchased the contracting part of the company while the Austin brothers focused on bridge fabrication. The company became known as Austin Bridge Company and Associated Companies.

  4. First Contract

    The new company’s first contract was for a timber and pile trestle toll bridge across the Red River near Electra, Texas.

  5. Austin Road Formed

    In 1932, Austin Road was formed to install asphalt paving.

  6. Austin Builds Iconic Triple Underpass

    In 1934, Austin landed the contract to build the now-famous Commerce Street Triple Underpass in downtown Dallas. The company had already completed the city’s viaducts across the Trinity River.

  7. Austin Builds Galveston Causeway

    In 1935, the company landed its largest contract to date, to build the Galveston Causeway.

  8. Highways Lead to Company Growth

    In the late 1940s, the Federal Aid Highway Act sketched out a plan for interstate highway systems, some 40,000 miles. The company grew as this system started becoming a reality.

  9. Diversifying into New Markets

    From the late 1950s until 1974, the company grew and diversified into markets such as power plants, coastal construction and the manufacture of farm implements.

  10. Austin Industries Formed

    In 1974, Austin was reorganized and the parent company, Austin Industries, was formed.

  11. Austin Enters Commercial Market

    Entered the commercial construction field in 1975 when Austin Commercial was established.

  12. Austin Industrial Formed

    In 1983, Austin Industrial was formed to meet the growing maintenance and construction needs of the petrochemical, power and manufacturing industries.

  13. Austin Bridge & Road Formed

    In the late 1980s, Austin Bridge merged with Austin Paving and Austin Road to form Austin Bridge & Road.

  14. ESOP Establishment

    In 1986, Bill Solomon, Charles Moore’s grandson, established the Austin Industries Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), transferring 60 percent ownership of the company to its employees at no cost. He set up a plan for the company to become 100 percent owned by its employees by 2000. That plan was completed on schedule.

Our History

Austin Industries was founded by Charles R.Moore in 1918. But the Austin name first became known in the Texas bridge building field when George Austin came to Dallas in 1889 as an agent for the George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. His brother, Frank, joined him in 1894, and they formed Austin Brothers Bridge Company. In 1900, when the brothers’ business increased, they hired Charles Moore to help in the office as a stenographer. He was later made traveling agent, contracting agent and chief engineer of the company.

In 1918, Moore purchased the contracting part of the company when the Austin brothers wanted to focus primarily on bridge fabrication. He dropped “Brothers” from the name in 1924. The company became known as Austin Bridge Company and Associated Companies until 1974 when the parent company, Austin Industries, was formed. Since then, Austin Industries has continued to enter diverse markets.

It entered the commercial construction field in 1975 when Austin Commercial was established. In 1983, Austin Industrial was formed to meet the growing maintenance and construction needs of the petrochemical, power and manufacturing industries. Austin Bridge merged with two other operating companies, Austin Paving and Austin Road, in the late 1980s to form Austin Bridge & Road.

In 1986, William T. Solomon, Charles Moore’s grandson, established the Austin Industries Employee Stock Ownership Plan, transferring 60 percent ownership of the company to its employees at no cost. He also set up a plan for the company to become 100 percent owned by its employees by 2000. That plan was completed on schedule.

Austin Industries Today

Austin Industries provides nearly every type of civil, commercial and industrial construction services through the expertise of our operating companies.

Today, Austin prides itself in delivering exceptional service on large, highly complicated projects with particular emphasis on qualified teams and performance. Austin Industries provides nearly every type of civil, commercial and industrial construction services, capitalizing on the depth of expertise in our three operating companies – Austin Bridge & Road, Austin Commercial and Austin Industrial.

Austin Industries is one of the largest general contractors based in the southern half of the U.S. and is the third largest merit shop contractor in America. The company is consistently ranked in the top 50 of Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s Top 400 contractors.