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In the News
Stone Strong Systems' Retaining Wall Partnership - July 2013
Stone Strong Systems is pleased to announce its partnership with successful pre-cast concrete business C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. of Knoxville, Tennessee. A fifth-generation family business, C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. has been in operation since 1947.

Tennessee construction projects in need of a quality retaining wall solution will now have the convenience of Stone Strong, a system of interlocking precast blocks, which offers many advantages over other retaining wall solutions by increasing speed and reducing labor costs. Stone Strong’s Big Block Technology allows for the construction of true gravity walls without geo-grid or soil reinforcement.

“We’re ready to be partnering with Stone Strong and are thrilled to be able to diversify our product offering and provide our customers with an efficient retaining wall solution,” explained Eric Barger, vice president of C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc.

Stone Strong Systems is excited to add a new dealer in Tennessee. John Gran, president of Stone Strong Systems, explains, “Barger & Sons has been built over five generations and they are an example of the type of successful business relationship Stone Strong has established in order to build and maintain a strong network of dealers across North America.”

Stone Strong Systems and C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. have begun their partnership with a retaining wall project on Foothills Parkway in Smokey Mountain National Park.

For more information on C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc., visit To learn more about Stone Strong Systems, visit

Roane County News
Barger Storm Shelters Featured on BBBTV Channel 12 - July 2013
Who makes your storm shelter is important, but does the storm shelter manufacturer hold a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) "Producer Member" status? Watch a short segment from BBBTV Channel 12 regarding our storm shelters and the testing behind the product. Watch the video here on YouTube.
Barger Storm Shelters Featured on WATE News - May 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families in Oklahoma affected by the recent storms. An event like this always creates a spike in storm shelter interest. Our storm shelters were featured on WATE nightly news on May 22, 2013. Barger and Sons manufacturers two types of storm shelters - above ground freestanding and partial underground.
Click here for the complete news story and video. For more information about our storm shelters, click here.
Roane County Industry of the Year - May 2013
The Industrial Development Board of Roane County, a partner of The Roane Alliance, held their annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, May 21, at the Roane State Community College campus in Harriman, Tennessee. C.R. Barger and Sons, Inc. was awarded the Roane County Industry of the Year. Our company is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the county, operating in Roane County since 1945. We were honored to receive this award.
You can read more about this in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Read more about this in the Roane County News.
Annual Precast Event - May 2013
On Friday, May 17, we hosted our third annual precast event with a BBQ lunch. We served lunch to engineers, utility districts, contractors and installers to provide an opportunity to network, learn more about our precast products, and enjoy a great meal. The event was promoted on the Sports Animal radio station, and we had a great turnout. The radio station had a live remote where Travis Wolfe and Eric Barger got a chance to comment on precast and duke it out over sports predictions. We are already looking forward to next year!
Eric Barger joins Roane State Community College Foundation - November 2012
Roane County business leader Eric Barger is the newest member of the board of directors for the Roane State Community College Foundation.

Barger is vice president of C.R. Barger & Sons Inc., a Roane County company founded in the early 1960s by his grandparents, C.R. and Mary Barger.

A 1994 Harriman High School graduate, Barger completed his associate’s degree at Roane State in 1997 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

“Roane State helped me reach where I am at today in life and business,” Barger said. “Joining the board allows me to be a part of the future of Roane State, and that is exciting.”

Barger serves on the board of directors for the National Precast Concrete Association Educational Foundation. He is a member of the National Precast Concrete Association, American Society for Testing and Materials, Tennessee Onsite Wastewater Association and the American Concrete Institute.

“We are very excited that Eric has agreed to join our board,” Roane State Foundation executive director Paul Phillips said. “He is a distinguished alumnus with passion for Roane State’s mission.”

Other board members are Julian Ahler, Ron Coleman, Clyde James Dunigan, Terry Eastwood, Addie Lou Freytag, Joy Goldberg, Judy Gooch, Maurice Greif, Rhonda Longmire, William Paul Phillips, Claudine Pinckley, Mary Ann Reeves, Barry Stephenson, John Thomas, Keith Uselton, Ed Wheeler and George Ed Wilson III.

The nonprofit Foundation provides financial support for the college’s students and programs.

Visit or call 882-4507 for more about the Foundation.

Ranked the 27th best community college in the nation by, Roane State has campuses in Roane County, Crossville, Huntsville, Jamestown, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Wartburg.
Meet a Precaster NPCA - November 2012
This month we were proud to be the focus of the Meet a Precaster blog on the National Precast Concrete Association's blog.
Read with Eric's interview with Kirk Stelsel, NPCA director of communication, and learn more about what makes Barger Precast tick.
Plant Certification Top 25 Award - February 2012
At The Precast Show in February, Barger and Sons was recognized as being in the top 25 of the NPCA certified plants. To win this award, Barger and Sons had to make one of the top 25 scores in its annual plant certification inspection. There are more than 370 plants in the NPCA's certification program so this places Barger and Sons in the top 7% of all certified plants. We are very proud of our production staff!
Barger Storm Shelters Featured on WATE News - January 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families in Alabama and surrounding areas affected by the recent storms. An event like this always creates a spike in storm shelter interest. Our storm shelters were featured on WATE nightly news on January 24. Barger and Sons manufacturers two types of storm shelters - above ground freestanding and partial underground. Click here for the complete news story. For more information about our storm shelters, click here.
"From groceries to concrete: C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. spans five generations" - January 2012
Roane County roots run deep in this fifth-generation enterprise, and the businesses in this family tree have branched out.C.R. Barger & Sons Inc. had its start some 60 years ago as a grocery store that was the heartbeat of the isolated Clax Gap community, between Kingston and Oliver Springs.

Successive sons with strong work ethics and entrepreneurial instincts responded to changing times.
When a housing boom mushroomed in the 1960s, the family began building homes.

And as demand for septic tanks surged because of all those new homes, the Bargers started installing septic lines and then making septic tanks.
Featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, you can read the entire story here.
The passing of Charles Richard 'C.R.' Barger - August 8, 2010
Charles Richard “C.R.” Barger, 82, of Harriman, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in the Tennessee State Veterans Home, Knoxville.

He was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Roane County, where he continued to live throughout his life. He was a well-known businessman who, along with his late wife, Mary,  founded C.R. Barger and Son Construction Co. He served the citizens of Roane County as a member of the Roane County Board of Education for 12 years. He was a founding member of Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a church deacon. Additionally, he was a member of Dyllis Masonic Lodge 460, F&AM, Scottish Rite and Shriner’s. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife, Mary Frances Rose Barger, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie E. and Daisy Nell Hembree Barger; and a brother, Samuel Robert Barger.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marteina Ann and Edward Ingram; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Ricky and Joyce Barger, Mickey and Pat Barger, Dave Barger and Terry Dewayne Barger, all of Harriman; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom B. Barger, Harriman; several nieces and nephews; a host of special friends and additional family members.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Randy Roper officiating. Burial was at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to either Ben Atchley State Veterans Home’s activity department; or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

An online register is available at
Barger And Sons donates to fundraiser to benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center - March 2009
Helping out a great cause in the local community is very important to us as a family and a company. We were proud to donate building materials for a home that will help raise money for the Helen Ross McNabb Center in East Tennessee. Read more about the fundraiser in the March Knoxville News Sentinel.
Barger And Sons Breaks Ground on New Plant in Lenoir City, TN - July 2008
We are excited to officially announce we are building a new manufacturing plant in East Roane County. Our ties to this area span six generations and staying in Roane County was a must. Read more about the expansion in the July Knoxville News Sentinel.
Eric Barger joins NPCA Education Foundation (NPCAEF) Board of Directors - February 2008

Eric Barger, of C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc., was recently asked to become a board member of the National Precast Concrete Association Educational Foundation (NPCAEF). Eric has been part of NPCA Educational Foundation for the past three years.

The NPCA Educational Foundation is a program founded by the National Precast Association in 1989. Ever since the NPCA Educational Foundation has provided educational scholarships to more than 80 undergraduate students enrolled in a curriculum in engineering or construction fields. The NPCA Educational Foundation believes the “introduction of the features and benefits of precast concrete products is a major step leading to a more educated specifying community.”

According to the NPCA Educational Foundation chairman, Eric’s “experience and knowledge of our industry will bring a valued contribution toward accomplishing our mission.” By becoming a board member, Eric is going to be a part of promoting the recruitment, training, and maintenance of a successful and highly cultivated workforce in the concrete industry. This future industry will help provide our customers with reliable and superior products.
Barger And Sons wins Quality Award of Excellence - February 2008
The creation of a culture of quality throughout all areas of a plant’s operation is one of the keys to success in the precast industry, according to most veteran precasters. NPCA’s certification program for precast and prestressed plants is the industry’s leading QC program – one that continues to grow as new state DOTs and other regulatory bodies continue to add NPCA certification as a requirement to bid state-funded jobs.

Each year at the Salute to Excellence awards event, NPCA honors the three top-scoring plants in its certification program as the precast industry’s leaders in QC for the past year. The awards were presented at the Salute event during MCPX and the NPCA Winter Conference, Feb. 9 in Denver.
Local Manufacturer Places in Top Two for Precast Concrete Innovation - February 2008
The Barger entry, “Produce-IT!™,” placed in the top two entries for Managing and Marketing in a national competition sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). Produce-IT!™ is a data base system developed specifically for the precast industry by Barger and Sons that allows manufacturing planners to easily schedule product pours and automatically generate a complete list of production material requirements. [Read more]
Barger And Sons Featured on Cover of MC Magazine - February 2008
Barger And Sons featured on the cover of MC Magazine for outstanding achievements and innovations in the precast concrete industry. [Read more]
Precast Solutions features Puerto Rican project - February 2008
Barger And Sons manufactured and shipped a 5,000 gallon tank to the Luquillo Aviary, Caribbean National Forest, Puerto Rico. The tank is being used to catch rain water for the Puerto Rican Parrot, one of the 10 most endangered birds in the world. The tank will be used to catch rain water for the birds to drink and bathe with. [Read more]
The passing of Mary Frances Rose Barger - July 28, 2007
In the early Spring of 1929, a baby girl who was barely alive was cradled carefully on one arm and carried over the ridge from Sugar Grove to Dick- ey Valley. Sarah “Granny” McCartt and Myrtle Hendrickson, her grand- daughter, took in this three-month-old baby because her mother, Sarah Rose, had died of a stroke. Because of her condition, Granny and Myrtle thought that her chance of surviving was slim, but God had plans for this baby to grow up and have a family of her own to take care of and love. She continued to live with Granny and Myrtle until she was a young adult. Others who helped take care of her by seeing to some of her needs were McKinley McCartt, Emmie Liles, and Scephia Tapp to name a few. As this little girl grew into a young woman, Granny saw that she went to school.
In fact, she was the only one from her biological family to graduate from high school. During her Senior year at the age of seventeen, she left the precious household who had adopted and loved her to marry in 1946. In time, five children were born along with eleven grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren. This caring and loving lady saw to her family’s needs and unselfishly gave her love, just as she had been given all those years ago. Mary Barger, we love you and thank you for blessing our lives.
Local Manufacturer Wins "Best of Show" Prize - February 2007
An innovative inventory management system earned the “Best of Show” prize for C.R.
Barger & Sons, Inc., a precast concrete manufacturer in Harriman, Tenn., in a national
competition sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA).

The Barger entry, “Precast-IT!™,” was the highest scoring entry of the Show. Precast-
IT!™ is an inventory management system designed to track a product from design and
manufacturing through delivery and installation.
[Read more]
Barger And Sons becomes NPCA Certified Plant - October 2005
Harriman, Tennessee, October 16, 2005… C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. has achieved certification of their manufacturing facility by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). [Read more]
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