May RHI

Most family businesses have humble beginnings. Unfortunately, most of them fail, too, within a short period of time. But the history of Roper Brothers Inc. , a general contractor in Fountain Inn, S.C., just outside Greenville, is one of those remarkable tales of a business that has grown into a great success over 35 years while also staying completely family-run.

Ryan Williams never saw much value in sand until he found himself giving the stuff away. Williams was working at the family business, the Williams C&D Landfill, which his father established in Graniteville, S.C., in 2002. As excavation at the landfill proceeded, the sand began to pile up, and it had to be disposed of somehow.

May Heavy Equipment and Rob's Hydraulics Inc. are now May/RHI. The merger of two of the largest Hyundai dealers in the country took effect Jan. 1, expanding the territory and the service menu of both. National Equipment Dealers LLC, which assumed ownership of May Heavy Equipment in January 2018, now owns the newly named May/RHI.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas held its annual dealer meeting on Feb. 5, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 AED Summit in Orlando, Fla. More than 80 dealer management attended Hyundai Construction Equipment's annual dealer summit, which was designed to celebrate the continued success of the Hyundai brand and gain feedback from Hyundai dealers across North America, about how to continue growing at a sustained pace year over year.

Like all mine owners, Bill Griste Sr. has millions of years of geological forces to thank, in large part, for his success. His company, SC Rock, is in South Carolina's coastal region, home to a rich vein of marine limestone that formed around 10 million years ago.

Rick Alexander, founder and owner of the concrete company Ready Mix of the Carolinas Inc. , runs his business according to the motto: 90 percent of success in any field consists of simply showing up on time. "We feel very strongly about service, being on time.

Over the past two years, BridgePoint Civil, a turnkey site development company based in Goldsboro, N.C., has been putting its stamp on its service area, which spans from the Outer Banks West to Chapel Hill, N.C. Recently, the company finished one of its more notable projects — The Maxwell Regional Agricultural & Convention Center in Goldsboro.

Rob's Hydraulics held a grand opening celebration on June 5, 6 and 7 at its Benson, N.C., location. The 10-acre facility includes a large service area capable of working on up to 10 machines. There's an additional covered area for machines. Open house attendees were not only able to tour the new facility but also able to check out the wide array of equipment that Rob's Hydraulics Benson facility offers.

To help planes at Fayetteville Regional Airport take off, Jones & Smith Contractors LLC, based in Ayden, N.C., is tearing down several of its terminals, which will later be rebuilt. The job has required the company to move thousands of tons of concrete and other material to be re-crushed by another contractor.

Noah Simpson of Thomas Simpson Construction Inc., Morehead City, N.C., is continuing the work his father, Thomas Simpson, started nearly 36 years ago while also expanding into new ventures. “He was a residential carpenter — painting and framing houses — so as the economy grew, his name got bigger in the community,” said Simpson.

Despite only having a few years under its belt, Iron Horse Contractors, based in Raleigh, N.C., has rapidly grown into one of the most recognized construction companies in the greater Raleigh Durham area. John Santoro, owner of Iron Horse Contractors, has been in the business a bit longer.