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Jonesboro, AR -- Melissa Simas reports

2 Arkansas Construction Companies Announce Merger

December 7, 2004 -- Posted 7:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- 2 of the oldest names in Arkansas construction are now working under the same roof. Local construction firm, B.B. Vance and Sons in Jonesboro and Nabholz Construction Corporation headquartered in Conway announced their merger on Tuesday. Both companies say their similarities and compatibility, along with the opportunity for state and national growth led to the formation of this company.

Since 1937 B.B. Vance and Sons has been working on building a sturdier Northeast Arkansas.

"When I first started here it was a pretty small company, we've done a lot of work, but over the years we've grown," said Vance supervisor Earl Bracken.

This family run company began hammering away in Sedgwick before World War II. It started off as a supplier for the railroad.

"After WWII they started building homes," said owner Gene Vance. "Then in 1973 we made the switch to commercial construction."

Today the company is growing strong working on projects at St. Bernards Hospital, ASU, and local churches.

"It gives you a proud feeling to see some of the things that you've been apart of," said Vance.

Now the Vance family is thinking about its continuation in the community for years to come. They found that partner in Nabholz Construction. Founded in Conway in 1949, the company has appeared in Engineering News Record Magazine on the list of the largest construction companies in the United States.

"Our organization has worked in this market periodically for a number of years, and we always felt that Northeast Arkansas was a great place to be," said Bill Hannah. "Our founder Bob Nabholz made the comment that construction is a people business and he couldn't have been more right."

Both of these companies expect this merger will expand the operation base in Northeast Arkansas and create more jobs.

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