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Winton M. Blount and his brother, Houston, bought four government surplus earthmovers and formed Blount Brothers Corporation in 1946 in Union Springs, Alabama. The company's first jobs were building fish ponds in Alabama. They moved on to construct roads and bridges.

Blount Brothers continued to grow and earned its first million-dollar contract to construct the superstructure for the First Avenue viaduct in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1952 the company landed a contract to build part of a wind tunnel facility for the U.S. Air Force in Tullahoma, Tennessee. This contract proved to be a key factor in determining the direction of the company's future philosophy, which was to concentrate its efforts on complex one-of-a-kind projects. Blount became involved in projects such as the country's first atomic energy plant, BOMARC missile bases, an indoor ocean for the Navy, launch pads for the NASA moon launch, and a university campus for Saudi Arabia. During the 1960s and 1970s, the company expanded more aggressively into industrial construction and began to diversify by acquiring manufacturing companies.

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