The year 1929 wasn’t the best time to start a construction business. With America on the brink of the Great Depression, work was scarce, standards were high, and success would only come to firms with exceptional integrity and dependability.
But those are exactly just the qualities that Charles Langhorne Lewis brought to his new company…and before long, his reputation was as solid as his work. Early achievements for Lewis included the massive Lynchburg City Armory (just one of many landmarks the company has added to the Central Virginia landscape that are still standing today).
By the 1950’s, C. L. Lewis & Company was one of the leading contractors in Central Virginia, serving such prestigious customers as N&W Railroad, C&O Railroad, the U.S. Navy, and Craddock-Terry Shoe Company.
Today the company’s experience has grown to encompass every major category of commercial building. And while we’re proud of our past, we don’t live there. After all, a company doesn’t stay in business more than 80 years without keeping up with the times. The construction techniques of yesteryear have given way to web-based project management, building information modeling (BIM), and virtual (Cloud) estimating and scheduling solutions.
The firm now operates under the direction of S. Preston Craighill, III, and Robert P. Brown, Jr., who have over 75 years of combined experience with the company. And while the leadership of the company has changed over the decades, the foundational qualities of integrity and dependability embodied in “Chuck” Lewis have lived on in the company that bears his name.