History

Blythe History

Founding 1921

  • Blythe Brothers Company was formed in 1921 by F.J. Blythe and brother Joe and focused on constructing roads & highways and entered the asphalt and concrete ready-mix business.

1930s – Early 40s

  • After struggling through the Great Depression the company began to grow through the late 30’s and early 40’s.
  • 1940’s the company had formed several joint ventures constructing projects such as Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, NC and Airfields in North Africa.

1940s- Early 1970s

  • This period included company expansion and growth under the leadership of F.J. Blythe Jr. who took over as President in the 50s.
  • Notable projects include work on Cape Kennedy in Florida, originally known as Cape Canaveral. 
  • In the early 1970’s the company began to diversify into Real Estate Investments.
  • 1974 Frank and Jack Blythe began working full time for Blythe Brothers Company

Mid 1970s – 80s

  • In In Blythe Brothers Company was hurt by the Real Estate recession of the mid 1970s.
  • Company continues work under Blythe Industries, Inc
  • In the latter part of the 70s through the mid 1980s, Frank and Jack grew Blythe Industries, Inc. to the 1980s to a major highway/heavy contractor in North and South Carolina with more than 900 Employees
  • In 1986 Blythe Industries, Inc. was sold to Alfred McAlpine Construction – a British Highway/Heavy Contractor due to family ownership issues.
  • Jack and Frank continued to manage the company until 1989.
  • 1989 Jack and Frank started Blythe Development Co. and have grown it into the company it is today.
1990s – 2000s

1990s – 2000s

  • Blythe builds numerous golf courses including The Palisades, The Divide, The Tradition, Waterford, Charlotte Golf Links, and Carolina Lakes.
  • Notable private commercial projects range from Ballantyne to NorthLake Mall and Ikea
  • First of many greenway projects for Mecklenburg County.
  • Blythe builds parts of Charlotte’s original Blue Line linking Uptown to Pineville.

2010s - Present

  • Blythe expands its public heavy civil work including interchanges, bridges and roads including major projects in the Triad, Western NC and SC.
  • Design-build and partner project work expands as does work in the aviation sector with Charlotte Douglas International Airport and other local projects.
  • Notable private projects include Waverly, Rea Farms, Centene, and Eli Lilly
  • Blythe partners in construction of Charlotte’s second Blue Line project connecting Uptown to UNC Charlotte.