Luther Barringer, RAND Construction, Richfield, NC
Luther began his career in 1941 by doing custom grading, clearing land and building ponds for local farmers for $3.00 an hour. As World War II ended, he and his brother Jay formed a company called Barringer Brothers, which allowed them to start bidding on improvements to local roads under the Farm to Market Roads Program. In 1958, a local contractor approached the brothers about starting a utility company, RAND Construction, Company, Inc., which the brothers later purchased in 1964.
The “Chief” as Luther was called, was active in several industry associations throughout his construction career, including Carolinas AGC and National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). Also very active in his community, he helped design and install his town of Richfield’s sewer system.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s RAND Construction weathered the storms of the big rigging scandals, labor shortages, fuel prices, and unfortunately, Jay’s passing. Luther, then semi-retired, ultimately left the operation of the company to his son Brad, who then closed RAND in order to fully incorporate his father’s passion and knowledge of the industry into his new business. Luther’s legacy continues to live on through his son and grandsons’ love of the utility contracting industry.