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History

A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc. was founded fifty years ago with a dedication to quality and a determination to succeed, and grew over the years with a reputation for getting the job done right. Founded by Allen O' Brien Hardee and now headed by his son, Benjy Hardee, the firm and its employees have always focused on providing clients with work that exceeds their expectations.

In the early years the company constructed many drainage and soil basin projects for the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, working from Virginia to Georgia. We also worked on numerous projects for the state of South Carolina, and handled various construction needs in the local coastal Carolina region.

With the rapid growth of the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand areas in the early 90's, the company experienced substantial growth, along with offering diversity in services. A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc. was now qualified as a Highway, Bridge, and Water Treatment Plant Constructor, with an Unlimited Classification in both North and South Carolina.

The company has played an important part in the region's disaster recovery efforts. When the state experienced the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, we were chosen by cities and governmental agencies for the monumental task of rebuilding the area's beaches. After Hurricanes David, Bertha, Floyd, and others, we worked diligently to repair roads, infrastructure, and drainage systems. These challenges matured our employees to better handle tight project schedules and deadlines.

A. O. Hardee & Son, Inc. has completed many notable projects, such as the Carolina Bays Parkway, a 22 mile SCDOT project, and the Conway Bypass (pictured here.) Our private development projects include Broadway At The Beach, an award-winning Myrtle Beach destination that attracts millions of visitors each year, and the Grande Dunes Golf & Marina Resort, a 2000-acre upscale development stretching from the ocean to the Intercoastal Waterway. (For more about our projects, see the Gallery).

Mission and Values

Quality is our guiding focus, and providing value for the client is the benchmark that has made us a trusted construction partner. Our highly skilled employees believe in a disciplined project management approach, emphasizing innovation, training, safety, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and environmental awareness.

"We strive to be known for our reliability and performance, providing exceptional value to our clients, and working to continuously improve our skills."
- Benjy Hardee, A. O. Hardee and Son, Inc. President

A Commitment to Safety

 
We place a high value on worker safety, which includes worker and management training. A. O. Hardee and Son, Inc. has received the Achievement Award for Outstanding Safety Performance in the Highway-Heavy Division- over 200,000 Hours (in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001.) The company has also received the Presidential Award for Zero Lost Time, Illnesses-Injury (in 1990.) We believe that accidents can be avoided, even in the potentially hazardous environment of construction, with the right training and precautions. Construction projects can proceed on schedule, without accidents, when the appropriate safety rules are followed.

Access our Services

 

Hurricane Hugo Disaster Cleanup: Access a copy of the article published in Dixie Contractor Magazine, on the company's role in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo.
Construction of the Conway Bypass (click to enlarge image.) The Conway Bypass, which runs from U.S 501 in Conway, SC to Hwy. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, was the first design-build highway construction project built under Horry County's RIDE Program and the South Carolina Partners in Progress Program. For more on our projects, click here.
Our Corporate Office: access Mapquest's map and directions to our office in Little River, SC.

A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc.
55 Park Street Ext.  ·  Little River, SC  29566
Phone: 843-249-1264  ·  Fax: 843-249-1503
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