The Lambert family has been in the construction materials business for more than 50 years, with its roots in the aggregates industry.
The concrete businesses are a more recent venture. In 1978, Steve Lambert was running a concrete plant in Dayton, Tenn. He so enjoyed making concrete that he started Bradley Concrete in Cleveland, Tenn. He ran the company on his own until his two sons, Kirk and Adam, graduated from college and were ready to become part of the family business.
“I started with three trucks, but always had a vision of hauling concrete from Chattanooga to Knoxville,” says Steve Lambert, president. “It took me 36 years to do that, and I couldn’t have done it without my two sons.”
Bradley Concrete and Lambcon Ready-Mix epitomize the concept of a family business. “Our entire family has always been in the rock business, starting with my great grandfather, who was one of the original Lambert Brothers,” says Kirk Lambert. “They were one of, if not the largest, quarry outfits in the country when sold to Vulcan Materials in 1958. That is when my grandfather, George Lambert, made the bold decision to crush on his own.”
Today, Lambcon Ready-Mix boasts six plants, with about 25 employees at each plant, and more than 100 trucks. With locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Athens, Cleveland, Lenoir City, and Ooltewah, the Lambert family now serves customers large and small. “For us, no job is too small or too big,” Kirk says. “We service everyone from small residential jobs all the way up to huge manufacturing plants and even bridges.”