Nashville—the Capital City of Country Music—is internationally known for its thriving music scene. The vibrant and dynamic city also appeals to young professionals seeking opportunities to establish a career. And Nashville has been recognized for its affordable living, substantially lower than the national average.

As the city’s job market continues to grow, many companies are considering setting up their businesses in the city. So we decided to feature six of the best industrial contractors in Nashville to assist you in identifying the most suitable contractor for your job. The companies on this list all specialize in industrial construction and have decades of experience in a wide range of sectors.

When hiring a contractor, we recommend you research each company, talk to past clients, and look at the scope of work each company has provided in the past. To be certain you receive a fair price, get quotes from at least three contractors.


Brasfield & Gorrie

1201 Demonbreun Street, Suite #200, Nashville, TN 37203

Brasfield & Gorie is a leading industrial contractor serving commercial and residential clients across Nashville, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Texas, and Mississippi. The award-winning firm has been in business for more than half a century. During that time, the firm has successfully completed projects in the industrial, government, healthcare, institutional, and retail industries. As one of the country’s biggest privately-held construction companies, the firm offers comprehensive design-build and construction management solutions. Since its inception, the contractor has produced hundreds of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects.

The firm has successfully completed billions worth of industrial projects and in 2019 was named by ENR Southeast as the second top contractor in the industrial process category. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Chattanooga is a prominent project of the firm. The contractor was hired to build a 231,000-square-foot warehouse and 40,000-square-foot office space. Brasfield & Gorrie applied shrinkage-compensating concrete to ensure quality and efficiency that will last for generations. This project earned the company the ABC Alabama Excellence in Construction Award and the AGC BuildSouth Award.


D.F. Chase, Inc.

3001 Armory Drive, Suite #200 Nashville, TN 37204

Founded in 1986, D.F. Chase is a full-service construction firm specializing in industrial, healthcare, hospitality, aviation, retail, and office projects. Focusing on general contracting, design-build, preconstruction, program management, and construction management solutions, the firm has more than 35 years of experience in building and renovating warehouses and facilities. Recognized as one of the largest contractors in Tennessee, the firm has worked on a variety of projects across 36 states.

D.F. Chase has been featured numerous times in Engineering News-Record thanks to its outstanding projects; it was even listed as one of the Top 200 Design-Builders in the U.S. In 2020, the firm won the Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle Tennessee chapter for its superior quality construction work. One of the company’s noteworthy projects is the Volkswagen Utilities Media Center in Chattanooga. D.F. Chase was asked to build a 35,000-square-foot distribution center, incorporating concrete columns and steel roof frames into the design.


Alston Construction Company, Inc.

35 Music Square E, Nashville, TN 37203

Alston Construction Company offers superior quality construction and cost-effective solutions for clients in Nashville and across the U.S. Since its inception, the reliable company has successfully produced a broad range of projects ranging from industrial and distribution to the office and retail industries. Known for its collaborative approach, the firm has developed strong relationships with clients, architects, and subcontractors. Thanks to its extensive network, the firm provides competitive pricing regardless of project size and scope.

Over the years, Alston Construction Company has received numerous awards for consistently delivering impressive results, most recently winning the 2019 and 2020 Build Georgia awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Its work has received plenty of attention from the press, including in the Dallas Business Journal and the Houston Business Journal. The company has also maintained memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the AGC, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Beckwith Farms in Mount Juliet is a notable project of Alston Construction: the firm built a 528,000-square-foot distribution facility.


T.W. Frierson

2971 Kraft Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

Established in 1885, T.W. Frierson is one of the top construction firms in Nashville, offering a full scope of building services, including preconstruction, construction, and design-build solutions. The 100% employee-owned and operated firm has worked on projects of different scopes and sizes. Its projects include manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and corporate headquarters. The firm specializes in new construction, renovations, and disaster recovery services. With licenses across 14 states and staffed by a team of skilled professionals, the company provides efficient project management and applies the best construction practices to maintain high-quality standards on every project.

Since its inception, T.W. Frierson has partnered with the top subcontractors and suppliers in the region. The firm also has comprehensive experience in building state-of-the-art industrial and manufacturing facilities. Recently, the company was named by ABC as the 2021 National Top Performer. One of the most recognized projects of the firm is the Topre America Corporation in Smyrna, where T.W. Frierson was assigned to build a 110,800-square-foot automotive facility. The firm constructed an efficient space, including an assembly, shipping, and office area.


Hardaway Construction

1001 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

Hardaway Construction is a veteran construction firm in Nashville and has been in business since 1924. Operating for nearly a century, the well-respected contractor has comprehensive building experience in various industries, including the industrial, office, hospitality, civic, educational, and mixed-use sectors. The firm has completed more than 1,000 residential projects in Tennessee and Alabama. Following its success in the residential sector, the firm expanded its services to include commercial construction solutions. Anchored in the values of authenticity and transparency, the firm consistently delivers projects at the highest level across all types of industries and buildouts.

The firm earned various memberships and affiliations over the years, including from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and LEED. Take note of the Franke Foodservice Systems in Smyrna, where Hardaway Construction took on the role of building a warehouse, corporate office, and loading and receiving docks. The project earned the company a Silver LEED certification.


Shaub Construction

230 Wilson Pike Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027

Shaub Construction has been repeatedly recognized for providing high-quality construction services for over 50 years. With comprehensive experience in the industrial, medical, office, retail, and petroleum industries, the veteran contractor has established itself as one of the leading construction firms in Tennessee. The Brentwood-based builder caters to a broad market, including Nashville, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Alabama, and North and South Carolina. The firm also provides a broad range of construction solutions, including project management, cost management, contract administration, and construction management services.

Founded in 1964, Shaub Construction takes a client-focused approach, exceeding customer expectations by delivering an efficient and convenient process from project conception to project delivery. The contractor has established and maintained enduring relationships with clients, architects, and engineers, enabling the firm to successfully provide quality services at a reasonable price. Its projects have been featured numerous times in the press, including in the Nashville Business Journal and City Ink. Since its inception, the trusted contractor has maintained a variety of affiliations with industry organizations such as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. 

Author

  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management