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"Irby has a 70-year history of providing our customers with safe
work practices, quality service, effective communication and
A History of Innovation
Stuart C. Irby Jr., incorporated Irby Construction Company in
1946. Since its founding, Irby Construction has installed more
than 185,000 miles of power lines in 43 states and eight countries.
Irby Construction's history dates back to 1917, when Stuart
C. Irby Jr.'s father, Stuart C. Irby, led the construction of an 11mile, 22-kilovolt (kV) power transmission line through Hattiesburg, Miss. The elder Irby's company, Stuart C. Irby Company, a
wholesale electrical supplier and electrical contractor, erected
power lines for rural and municipal electric systems throughout the Southeast.
The company's long history includes being the first contractor
to construct 765-kV lines in the United States. In addition, Irby
Construction was the first company to use helicopters to construct transmission lines.
Today, Irby Construction is a leader in all types of power line
construction including extra high voltage lines, transmission
and distribution systems, electrical substations, maintenance
and emergency restoration. Its clients include the nation's largest
utilities and power providers as well as municipalities and cooperatives. The company is an operating unit of Quanta Services,
the industry-leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor serving the electric power, oil and gas, and
The diversity of Irby Construction's industry experience and the
tenure of many of its employees distinguish the company from
"We are experienced in building all types of power systems
in all geographies - from swamps to deserts and mountains,"
Executive Director of Business Development Andre Foster says.
"The average tenure among our executive team is 25 to 30 years,
and we have several superintendents celebrating more than 45
"Our experience really is our difference, and our clients can see
that through the constructibility reviews we conduct before we
even begin a project," he adds. "We walk hand-in-hand with our
clients to make sure that what is engineered can be constructed,
and we use innovative techniques to build those systems."
The company recently applied its knowledge of unique construction methods and difficult terrain to a 12.2-mile transmis-
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