A History From the Ground Up

Rogers Group is proud of its long and storied legacy

Founded by Ralph Rogers, who first began crushing rock in 1908 on the side of the road in then-rural Bloomington, IN, Rogers Group is proud of its long and storied legacy and its wide-ranging impact on the American infrastructure and economy.

Noteworthy projects over the decades include: Oak Ridge, Tennessee (home of the “Manhattan Project” nuclear research); Fort Campbell, Kentucky (home of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division); Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division near Indianapolis, Indiana; Interstate 40 in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas; and Interstate 24 in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Rogers Group is still owned by descendants of Ralph Rogers, and three of Ralph’s great-grandchildren serve on the company’s Board of Directors today. In 2016, the Board elected Darin Matson as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Group.

For a complete corporate history, we invite you to download a digital version of our book From the Ground Up: How Rocks, Road, and Rogers Group Helped Build the Nation.

Key Moments in Our Company’s History

Throughout the history of the company, Rogers Group quarries and asphalt plants have been recognized for our commitment to safety, quality, and the communities in which our employees live and work.

Key Moments In Our Company’s History

Key Moments In Our Company’s History
1908
January 1

1908

Early picture of Ralph
Ralph Rogers established Bloomington Crushed Stone, the foundation of Rogers Group Inc.
1920
January 1

1920s

Louisville Group
Sensing a population growth in the Southeast, Ralph Rogers expands operations into Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.
1936
January 31

1936

Indian Road
Indiana State Route 46.
1940
January 31

1940s

Fort Campbell
Runway, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Developments at military installations help solidify Rogers’ presence in Indiana (U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot), Tennessee (Arnold A.F.B, Oak Ridge), Kentucky (Fort Campbell) and Alabama (Redstone Arsenal).
1943
January 1

1943

Oak Ridge
Opens quarry at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
1954
January 1

1954

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act authorizing $175 million to establish America’s interstate system.
1964
January 1

1964

Firs Retirement
The company begins offering health insurance, well ahead of others in the industry. Pictured: Ken Wysong (left) and John Sweeney Sr. (right) issuing RGI’s first pension check to Charles Walker and his wife in 1972.
1976
January 1

1976

Company founder Ralph Rogers dies at age 86
1981
January 1

1981

Rogers group sign
The red “R” becomes the first company-wide logo
1983
January 1

1983

Metro Center
Rogers Group Inc. re-organizes to bring 29 separate companies under a single entity with corporate offices in Nashville, Tennessee.
1996
January 1

1996

Acquisition of Conway Asphalt Company expands the company’s footprint to include central and northwestern Arkansas
2008
January 1

2008

Rogers group team picture
Rogers Group celebrates 100 years in the industry by conducting a company-wide campaign donating over 2,500 hours of service to communities surrounding Rogers Group locations.
July 31

Mid-2008

Acquisition of Tennessee Asphalt Company strengthens position in east Tennessee market.
2015
January 31

2015

Rogers Group South Carolina office
RGI purchases 85-year-old Ashmore Bros. to enter the asphalt and heavy construction market of South Carolina.
2018
January 1

2018

Acquisition of LS Sand & Gravel in Amarillo, Texas, introduces Rogers Group to the Lone Star State.

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