History of the Branch Group

1922

L.A. Lacy, a mechanical and plumbing contractor based in Charlottesville, Virginia, was founded.

1941

E.V. Williams, a grading and concrete paving company headquartered in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia, was founded.

1955

The origins of the Branch Group date to the 1950s, when Bill Branch and his father-in-law, C.W. McAlister, teamed up to create McAlister Construction Company, an earthmoving and highway contractor.

1958

Garland J. Hopkins started G.J. Hopkins, a mechanical and plumbing contractor based in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1958 to create a better future for his family. His goal was to provide mechanical contracting services from the quality perspective of sound engineering principles.

1963

Bill Branch purchased McAlister Construction from C.W. McAllister in 1963 when the industry was highly fragmented and most businesses were family owned. Bill Branch changed the company’s name to Branch & Associates and served as either president or chairman of the board until he retired in 1993.

1963

On April 22, 1963, the organization was recognized and charted as Branch & Associates.

1970s

Branch & Associates added building and mechanical divisions to the organization in the 1970s, which created a new generation of capabilities for the company.

1982

The Branch & Associates Branch Board of Directors adopted an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) in 1982. This created an ownership culture where each employee had a vested interest in the success of every project.

1984

In 1984, Branch & Associates purchased G.J. Hopkins and merged its mechanical division into the newly acquired company. At this point, G.J. Hopkins had already become a full-service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractor. The company also owned a sheet metal shop, providing better quality and cost control over this vital aspect of mechanical projects.

1986

In 1986, Branch & Associates’ highway and equipment division became Branch Highways. With the reorganization, Branch Highways became an industry leader, working with major clients in Virginia and beyond. The building division remained Branch & Associates.

1986

The Branch Group was created in 1986 to serve as the holding company for Branch & Associates, Branch Highways, and G.J. Hopkins.

1997

All Branch Group companies become 100% employee owned in 1997.

This created a new ownership culture where all employees had a vested interest in the success of every project and became a major contributor to the sustained growth and profitability of the Branch Group family of companies.

1997

On February 1, 1997, Branch Group purchased E.V. Williams.

2007

The Branch Group purchased R. E. Daffan, a general contractor based in Manassas, Virginia.

2014

In January 2014, R.E. Daffan was absorbed into Branch & Associates, becoming Branch-Daffan, the Northern Virginia division of Branch & Associates.

2015

The Branch-Daffan division of Branch & Associates officially rebranded to the Branch & Associates name.

2017

Branch Group announced in early in 2017 that its civil subsidiaries, Branch Highways and E.V. Williams, would be consolidated and named Branch Civil.

The consolidation supported Branch Group’s long-range strategic growth plans by significantly improving its go-to-market capabilities, scalability, and the economic economy of scale.

2018

On May 7, 2018, Branch Group announced the purchase of L.A. Lacy, expanding Branch Group’s mechanical and plumbing operations.

2019

Branch & Associates rebranded to became Branch Builds in 2019 to better align with the company’s 20-year goal of ambitious growth.

2021

Branch Group integrated its service contractors, G.J. Hopkins and L.A. Lacy, in early 2021. The integration allowed Roanoke-based G.J. Hopkins to expand its serves to commercial and industrial clients in Central Virginia.