Barriere Construction celebrates 75 years of industry innovation and operational excellence

Barriere Construction is celebrating a special milestone in 2024: the 75 th anniversary of operations
for our company. Founded in 1949 as a family owned and operated asphalt and paving company, today
Barriere is proud to be a part of the CRH family of businesses. The premier road and infrastructure
builder for public, private and industrial projects across the Gulf South, Barriere will commemorate this
milestone with events and activities throughout the year.

For three quarters of a century, Barriere has demonstrated operational excellence — combined with a
commitment to innovation and technology — in our mission to safely deliver quality construction
solutions for our customers.

This milestone anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our family roots as well as our legacy of safety,
quality and lasting relationships. Barriere’s foundation is built on service and a dedication to the
community through civic investments and charitable giving throughout Southeastern Louisiana and the
Gulf South region.

Here is a look back at the road we have paved:

1949 – Gaines Wilson takes over R.B. Tyler Company in Louisville, KY.
1950s – Working with his father, George H. Wilson Sr. forms Wilson Contracting and expands operations
to New Orleans.
1977 – When George H. Wilson, Sr. passes away at age 48, Betty Wilson is named chairman and CEO.
1980s – Barriere thrives under Betty’s commitment to safety and integrity. Service expands to highways
and heavy civil construction.
1989 – George H. Wilson, Jr. becomes chairman and CEO.
1990s – Barriere celebrates 50 years of operations; the three Wilson brothers – George, Peter and Bert –
take over the company’s day-to-day management.
1998 – Barriere opens an asphalt plant in Boutte, LA.
2001 – Barriere opens an asphalt plant in Franklinton, LA.
2009- Fourth generation family members begin working at Barriere.
2016 – Barriere opens an asphalt plant in Baton Rouge, LA; Peter A. Wilson becomes president and CEO.
George H. Wilson, Jr. transitions to chairman of the board, and Bert A. Wilson becomes president of
asphalt and materials.
2020 – Barriere joins the CRH family of businesses.
2021 – Jason Latiolais is named CEO of Barriere Construction.
Since day one, we have held ourselves to a high standard of professionalism. Approaching every project
with integrity and reliability, we live by our core values. It’s the Barriere Way. It’s what has driven our company for the last 75 years, and it will continue to be our North Star as we look forward to the next 75 years.


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