Since 1972, Haydon Bridge Company offers bridge, box culvert and other highway concrete construction in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
Thomas S. Haydon Jr., “Tommy”, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a civil engineering degree in 1970 and already with six kids in tow. After working for a couple of years for consultants and contractors, he struck out on his own in 1972 with the incorporation of Haydon Bridge Company.
The early years were tough. Tommy would bid a job and then go build it. Once completed, he would bid another one and then go build it. After some time with this method, he had enough employees that he could actually work toward getting the next project while others were building the current project.
Many projects took Tommy away from home during the week only to come home on weekends. At one point, as the story goes, Tommy was walking up the front steps to the house one late Friday afternoon and one of the children screamed “Mom, that man is here again!” One of the early “large” projects was in the late 70’s in Floyd County, Kentucky, working for the Prime Contractor, Raymond Equipment, rebuilding portions of Route 80.
The 2nd generation, Thomas and Philip came into the business in 1984 and remain to this day. Both worked in the field for a few years and then Thomas returned to the office and Philip remained in the field. Tommy Haydon remained President and active in the business until his death on March 7, 2007. Thomas S. Haydon III currently serves as President and Philip M. Haydon serves as Vice-President. Philip remains a field presence, while Thomas manages the day to day business and contract administration.
Over the last 20 years, Haydon Bridge has consistently and conservatively grown to the company it is today. Haydon Bridge has grown into the premier bridge contractor in the state of Kentucky. It maintains a full and complete fleet of “owned” bridge building equipment up to and including 300 Ton crawler cranes.
The 3rd generation, Thomas S. Haydon IV, “Tink” and Philip M. Haydon Jr., “Marshall” have now come on board to take the reigns one day. Both have degrees in Construction Management with Tink graduating from Northern Kentucky University and Marshall from Western Kentucky University. These 2 will lead Haydon Bridge into the future.