In 1934, Mr. Buckner Hinkle began managing his Mother’s 167-acre farm. Realizing farming did not generate adequate revenue; Mr. Hinkle began to explore other career options.
Central Kentucky and Paris being considered the “Horse Capital of the World” presented a market for feeding and bedding hay. Understanding Paris, Kentucky was also the “Bluegrass Seed Capital of the World”, Mr. Hinkle began to strip grass seed and import hay, selling to local horse farms in addition to managing his family farm activities.
In 1940, Mr. Hinkle contracted an operator and bulldozer, asking the operator to construct a farm pond. Mr. Hinkle paid the individual $119 per day for his efforts. As he oversaw the construction efforts, Mr. Hinkle realized an individual could market and sucessfully perform water source and general construction needs for local farms in and around the Paris area. Ahi moment, Mr. Hinkle purchased his first bulldozer and begin construction activities. The rest is history!
The following time line defines important moments in the 70 year history of Hinkle Contracting:
1942 – Mr. Buckner Hinkle founded Hinkle Contracting Corporation, initially named “Buckner Hinkle and Company”. During the years of war, the company worked on defense projects. Construction activities included erosion control, grading and seeding in Eastern Kentucky.
1945 – World War II ends. Hinkle Contracting enters into highway construction.
1948 – The Company acquires its first bituminous hot-mix plant.
1950’s (late) – The Company acquires first limestone quarry and moves to present location in Paris, Kentucky.
1963 – The Company acquires half interest in Bourbon Limestone Corporation, becoming a joint owner with the Walker Construction Company of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.
1964 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation and Walker Construction Company pave a thirteen mile section of the Bluegrass Parkway.
1972 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation moves into its new office building in Paris, Kentucky. Hinkle Contracting Corporation and Codell Construction Company of Winchester, Kentucky form a joint venture with a Guatemalan partner, paving the Guatemala City Airport.
1970’s (late) – Hinkle Contracting Corporation paves the San Salvador Airport in El Salvador.
1980’s – Hinkle Contracting Corporation, in a joint effort with East Kentucky Paving Company, paves a 40 mile section of Kentucky Highway 80 between Hazard and Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Hinkle is involved in the first large scale paving project in Kentucky using sandstone.
1982 – Mr. Buckner Hinkle’s middle son, Henry Hinkle, assumes the responsibility of President of Hinkle Contracting Corporation.
1980″s (mid) – Hinkle Contracting Corporation is involved in the re-construction of a section of Interstate I-71 between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. This project award was approximately 10 million dollars, being Hinkle’s largest project award of its history to date.
1986 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation and Walker Construction Company crush approximately 4 million tons of stone during a 6 month period for the Toyota Manufacturing facility located in Georgetown, Kentucky.
1990 through 2002 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation acquires Bassett Stone Company in Monticello, Kentucky.
Nally and Gibson Corporation, Jack Ruth and Hinkle Contracting Corporation form a partnership known as Hamilton, Hinkle and Ruth, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. The partnership conducts paving operations in the Scott County, Kentucky area.
Hinkle Contracting improves Paris Pike from 2 to 4 lanes between Lexington and Paris, Kentucky.
Hinkle Contracting Corporation rebuilds I-62 from Cynthiana to Georgetown, Kentucky and improves I-27 to six lanes in Somerset, Kentucky.
1990 through 1991 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation rebuilds nine (9) miles of U.S. 27 in McCreary County from Parkers Lake to Whitley City, Kentucky.
1992 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation widened U.S. 127 to 5 lanes in Casey County from KY 70 to the north city limits of Liberty, Kentucky.
1992 through 1995 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs major widening projects in Casey County on U.S. 127 at Antioch Hill, Walnut Hill and Dunnville.
1994 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation rebuilds KY 70 in Casey County from the courthouse to the Liberty City, Kentucky limits. Hinkle performed the role of Construction Manager on this project.
1994 through 1996 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs stone and paving operations on the new Somerset, Kentucky By-Pass (KY 914) from KY 80 to U.S. 27.
1996 through 1998 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation widens U.S. 27 in Pulaski County from the KY 80 Intersection to Burnside.
1997, 2002 and 2005 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation re-constructs twelve (12) miles of I-64 in Rowan County. One of these projects won a national “Quality in Construction” award for smoothness and pavement properties.
1997 through 2002 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation rebuilds and widens eight (8) miles of the Paris – Lexington Road in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
1998 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performed a high-profile project at the Intersection of U.S. 27 & KY 80 in Pulaski County. This project was a direct comparison between asphalt and concrete which would be monitored for future projects.
1999 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation & Ohio Valley Asphalt, LLC performed base stone and asphalt on the newly constructed Kentucky Speedway at Sparta.
1999 through 2002 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performed a major paving project at the new U.S. Prison in McCreary County.
2000 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs asphalt overlay for six (6) miles of the Mountain Parkway in Powell County, Kentucky.
2000 through 2002 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation rebuilds U.S. 62 between Cynthiana and Georgetown, Kentucky
2001 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation constructs a liquid asphalt rail terminal at Avon, near Lexington, Kentucky.
2002 through 2003 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs asphalt overlay for forty-two (42) miles of Mountain Parkway in Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin Counties of Kentucky.
2003 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation paves the newly-expanded Somerset-Pulaski County Airport in Kentucky.
2005 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs stone and asphalt paving at the new Somersplash Water Park in Somerset, Kentucky.
2006 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation provides stone and asphalt paving at the SKED Multimodal Rail Park in Somerset, Kentucky.
2006 through 2008 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation widens thirteen (13) miles of U.S. 27 North of Somerset, Kentucky.
2006 through 2007 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs stone and paving on Super Wal-Mart stores in Paris, Cynthiana and Morehead, Kentucky.
2006 through 2007 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs stone and paving on the new Morehead Airport, Kentucky.
2006 through 2008 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation performs stone and paving on four (4) miles of new construction of KY 15 in Breathitt County, Kentucky.
2007 through 2008 – Hinkle contracting Corporation constructs five (5) miles of the southwest By-Pass in Somerset, Kentucky.
2008 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation constructs three (3) miles of the northern By-Pass of I-66 in Somerset, Kentucky.
2008 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation constructs the relocation of KY 1247 in Somerset, Kentucky.
2008 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation builds its second liquid asphalt rail terminal at Somerset, Kentucky.
2009 – Hinkle Contracting Corporation is awarded and begins a design/build project fro the Kentucky Department of Transportation on the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County, Kentucky.
2009 – Hinkle Contracting Corportation merges with Summit Materials of Washington DC, becoming Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC.
Present – Hinkle Contracting operates approximately 16 asphalt plants, 16 quarries, 1 sand and gravel operations.