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For media inquiries about Gray and our projects, contact Jill Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Who is Gray Construction?

A family-owned company, Gray Construction was founded by James Norris and Lois Howard Gray on October 11, 1960. Since then, Gray has grown from a small-town contractor into a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with projects stretching from coast to coast. Today, the company is led by Stephen Gray, one of the four Gray brothers who has led the company over the course of its history.

Gray is headquartered in Lexington, Ky., and has regional offices in Anaheim, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; Charlotte, N.C.; Versailles, Ky.; Alberta, Canada, and Tokyo, Japan, to better serve our customers all across the world.

Our success can be attributed to upholding a simple set of core values:
  • We put safety and quality of life first.
  • We are customer and relationship driven.
  • We treat others the way we want to be treated.
Our purpose is to make a difference in people's lives by creating unforgettable customer experiences and great projects.
What does Gray Construction do?

Gray is an integrated design-build firm offering engineering, architecture and construction services to domestic and international customers throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan. Gray specializes in the following core markets:

What sets Gray Construction apart from other design-build firms?

The Go-To for Manufacturing Plant Construction

For nearly 60 years, Gray has been meeting the design-build and construction management needs of the manufacturing industry, having built over 90 million s.f. for more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. Gray is one of only a handful of truly integrated design-build firms in America, which means we have all the disciplines in-house to execute a project. Customers come to Gray for its exceptional record in addressing companies’ speed to market needs to better reach their own customers. Due to this level of experience, Gray is consistently ranked among the top U.S. contractors in manufacturing plant construction.

Among the Top 10 Contractors in Retail & Hospitality Facility Construction

Having built over 42 million s.f. of retail space and almost 1 million s.f. of hospitality space across the country, Gray has been responding to the construction management, renovation and design-build needs of its customers for decades. This level of experience has positioned us among top U.S. contractors in both retail and hospitality by Commercial Construction & Renovation magazine.

Experts in LEED® Design & Certification

Incorporating elements of LEED® design in new construction projects is a priority for Gray and our customers, with over 11 million s.f. of LEED® construction projects under our belt. Ranked 58th among the Top Green Building Construction Firms, Gray is poised and committed to helping our customers achieve their LEED® construction goals.

Unmatched International Expertise

Gray Construction has completed more than 434 projects for international customers, amounting to some 55 million s.f. of plant space. Our bilingual staff is adept at translating non-U.S. design and building details into U.S. manufacturing standards. With this level of experience, Gray has developed a deep understanding of the unique needs of international customers, giving us a distinct advantage over our competition.

A Leader in Safety & Quality

Putting safety and quality of life first is more than just our No. 1 core value. Not only do we place emphasis on our people and try to mitigate the risk of injuries, prioritizing safety simply makes good business sense—fewer injuries mean less time lost in production. Gray is a recipient of  the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Grand Prize, the industry’s highest safety award in the nation.

Gray’s Quality Management System (QMS) is based on our continuous improvement philosophy and reflects more than five decades of experience in the construction business. Our QMS procedures begin day one of the project pre-construction phase and continue until the project is complete. It is a living, dynamic process that ensures quality pulse-points are being monitored and analyzed for compliance to the project specifications. The end-result: quality facilities that exceed expectations now, and into the future.

Who are some of Gray Construction's customers?

Just a glance at our customer list paints a vivid picture of the role Gray has played in building America:

Mercedes-Benz: 1,588,454 s.f. expansion to Mercedes' automotive manufacturing campus in Vance, Alabama.

Champion Petfoods Inc.: 371,000 s.f. Kentucky DogStar® kitchens, the company’s first specialty pet food operation in the U.S.

Clemens Food Group: 578,742 s.f. fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater, Michigan.

BMW: 1.4 million s.f. expansion to BMW’s Assembly North plant

Caterpillar, Inc.: 826,300 s.f. heavy manufacturing facility & 850,000 s.f. axle components and final axle assembly plant.

Michelin North America, Inc.: 792,063 s.f. earthmover tire manufacturing facility & 420,000 s.f. expansion facility to Michelin’s existing rubber compound production plant

Siemens: 489,905 s.f. gas turbine manufacturing plant & 289,842 s.f. wind energy nacelle production facility

Whirlpool Corporation: 1,550,283 s.f. home appliance manufacturing and distribution facility

H&M: Multiple projects including the 55,000 s.f. store in Las Vegas, Nev., the retailer’s largest store to date

Old Navy: More than 225 stores including a new prototype for Old Navy in San Jose, Calif.

Courtyard by Marriott: Several hospitality facilities such as the Courtyard by Marriott located near Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.


Is Gray Construction a recognized leader in design-build?

Yes, Gray Construction has been long recognized as a pioneer in design-build. Gray is among the founding members of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) that was created "for the purpose of promoting widespread and successful utilization of the design-build project delivery method throughout the U.S. industry and government." Gray has also been consistently recognized as one of the top engineering, architecture and construction firms in America by the industry’s leading trade magazine, Engineering News-Record. We are currently ranked 5th among the top contractors in manufacturing plant construction and 4th among the top contractors in automotive plant construction. Click here for a complete listing of our rankings.

Gray often receives top honors in the industry’s most competitive awards programs. Gray has received several top recognitions including the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Grand Prize, the industry’s highest safety award in the nation. Additionally, Gray's Michelin North America, Inc. Red Oak manufacturing facility located in Anderson, S.C., was awarded a 2015 National Award of Merit in the Industrial, Process and/or Research Facilities category by the DBIA.

For more information on our achievements and recognitions, visit our complete Awards list.

Who can I contact for more information about Gray Construction?

Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Office: (859) 281-5000
Fax: (859) 252-5300
Address: 10 Quality Street
Lexington, KY 40507-1450