Our mission is to serve customers of all sizes while upholding the bedrock values our company was built upon: integrity, honesty, and fiscal responsibility.
Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.
When we give our all, success naturally follows.
We are safer and stronger when we work together.
Our company was built by a family for families.
Gladstone Snell responded to new opportunities created by the explosion of automobile travel and founded a company to build stone culverts, walls, and bridges on Georgia’s roads and highways.
Gladstone Snell passed away, and son E.R. Snell Sr. assumed leadership of his father’s company with the help of his two brothers, Cyril and Hugh, and brother-in-law, T.W. Briscoe. The company expanded into poured-concrete bridges and culverts.
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944 brought nearly forty thousand miles of highways to connect major cities nationwide. In Georgia, this included expansion of U.S. Highway 41 to four lanes, and E.R. Snell Contractor was subcontracted for the culverts. This expansion started as the third generation joined the business and allowed for continued growth. On June 30th, 1959, E.R. Snell Contractor was incorporated.
E.R. Snell, Sr. officially retired, and son Richard Snell became the second company president. ERS then expanded into the grading business with the acquisition of Stancil Brothers Grading Co. This acquisition grew grading to the largest producer of income for the company and elevated ERS within the industry from its role as subcontractor on most jobs to one of the largest prime contractors in Georgia.
E.R. Snell acquired Jasper Construction in 1990, launching ERS into the asphalt business. This acquisition included four asphalt plants – Lithia Springs, Lithonia, Norcross, and Stockbridge – a shop facility, and a liquid asphalt terminal. ERS grew by 150 employees, nearly doubling the employee count.
In 1997, Richard Snell retired, and Robin Snell became the company’s third president. ERS acquired asphalt company Logan Paving, continuing to grow our foothold in the asphalt market and expanding into Athens, GA. The purchase also established ERS in the private market in a substantial way, focusing on large developments in commercial, industrial, and residential markets.
ERS acquired Riverdale Paving, further expanding the asphalt division of the company, adding four asphalt plants and nearly 150 employees.
ERS established itself in the Augusta market by purchasing Augusta Asphalt. What started as a small acquisition has grown tenfold over the last decade.
ERS acquired Roger’s Bridge, doubling the size of our bridge division from 8 to 16 crews.
In 2017 we welcomed the company’s fourth president, Scott Briscoe and secured our largest-ever project, three phases of the $500 million rebuilding of the I-75/I-16 interchange in Macon. ERS’s portion of the project included 40,000 linear feet of beams, 260,000 square feet of reinforced walls, and 8,800 cubic yards of concrete.
ERS along with Archer Western were selected to design, build, and finance the $685.6 million I-285/I-20 interchange east of Atlanta. This project is important for Georgia, as the interchange is rated as number 21 in a list of the nation’s top 100 truck bottlenecks by the American Research Institute.
In our centennial year, ERS approaches 1,000 employees for the first time in its history! We’re excited about the opportunities for the company, our employees, and Georgia.
Policies and Protocols
With over a century of experience, we lead the industry in robust safety practices, OSHA certifications, comprehensive training, inspections, and protocols, providing the safest environment for our employees and customers.